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Wine Recommendation

Wine:VIE Winery 2006 “Belle-Amie” Rosé  (Santa Barbara County)

VIE Winery

2006 “Belle-Amie” Rosé
(Santa Barbara County)

Here’s something a little rich and spicy from a very small, arguably “Boutique” winery that specializes in Rhone wines from some of the finest vineyards in California. With only 60 cases made, this is limited and not for everyone. It’s a saignée of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah, done entirely in stainless. The pH is a bit high, and I’ll warrant the alcohol is a bit above the 13.9% listed on the label, so overall, this is a fairly fat rosé.

Made of fruit (Mourvedre and Grenache) from Alta Mesa Vineyard, which is a fairly high altitude (3200 ft) vineyard in eastern Santa Barbara county, plus Syrah from White Hawk and Thomson Vineyards in the Los Alamos Hills, this wine has a good deal of complexity. There are lots of strawberry, guava, lime and flinty mineral notes on the nose. On the palate there’s plenty of watermelon, guava, hard cherry candy, a hint of curry and a hauntingly earthy touch that probably comes not only from all that decomposed granite, quartzite, basalt and gneiss in the Alta Mesa Vineyard, but also from the native yeasts which are left free to do their thing. There is always something a little wild about letting the grapes bring their own fermentation partners to the dance. As some of my more cautionary winemaking friends would say, this is winemaking without a net.

(Alcohol: 13.9%, Retail: $18)

Reviewed August 31, 2007 by Laura Ness.

The Wine

Winery: VIE Winery
Vintage: 2006
Wine: “Belle-Amie” Rosé
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Grapes: Mourvedre / Mataro, Grenache, Syrah / Shiraz
Price: 750ml $18.00

Review Date: 8/31/2007

The Reviewer

Laura Ness

A wine writer and wine judge for major publications and competitions around the country, Laura Ness likens wine to the experience of music. She is always looking for that ubiquitous marriage of rhythm, melody, and flawless execution. What is good music? You know it when you get lost in it. What is good wine? It is music in your mouth.