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Wine Recommendation

VIE Winery 2005 “L’Imaginaire” Grenache  (Santa Barbara County)

VIE Winery

2005 “L’Imaginaire” Grenache
(Santa Barbara County)

Bryan Kane, Bryan Robertson, Rachel Blatt, and Barry Dorf partnered to form VIE, a winery dedicated to Rhone varietals and Zinfandel. This wine is 77 percent Grenache, which comes from old vine fruit in the Alta Mesa Vineyard in eastern Santa Barbara’s Cuyama Valley. The vineyard is just above Barnwood at an elevation of 3200 feet. Cold soaking and both whole berry and whole cluster fermentation are used. These techniques ramp up color and fruit intensity. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak.

Bright, well saturated purple, with slow moving legs, this rich wine has keen aromas of strawberry, vanilla, and clove. I imagine it is what the air would smell like standing in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with a double-dip strawberry cone in one hand and a pack of Adam’s Clove Chewing Gum in the other. On the palate an intense burst of fruit – blueberry, boysenberry, and plum – gives way to oak vanillans and a chewy, cranberry tart finish.

Reviewed August 19, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.


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The Wine

Winery: VIE Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: “L’Imaginaire” Grenache
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Grapes: Grenache (77%), Mourvedre / Mataro (4%), Syrah / Shiraz (19%)
Price: 750ml $39.00

Review Date: 8/19/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.