In keeping with the Imagery spirit of discovery and experimentation, Winemaker Joe Benziger and Imagery Curator Bob Nugent stepped into each other’s worlds in 2009. Bob helped craft the wine under Joe’s direction and with Bob’s tutelage, Joe designed the label.Download Tasting NotesLabel Art by Joe Benziger of Kenwood, CA
This Rhône style Syrah is not a typical
California Syrah. Joe described this 2009 vintage as a Syrah for
“the French wine lovers”! Rich plum and red raspberry flavors
on the front compete for attention from the blueberry finish.
This wine has a sturdy structure. Decant before serving to
soften the tannins and allow the fruit flavors to come forward.
A few things define the 2009 harvest in
particular. Rains in May took the edge off the drought and
were responsible for the beautiful, full-strength photosynthetic
canopies. The mild summer temperatures slowed grape
maturation, but a few late summer heat spells, which weren’t
high enough and didn’t last long enough to damage anything,
gave the grapes a good push. The cool weather returned and we
were back to slow, even ripening. This back and forth seemed to
have worked out well for the vintage.
The grapes were cold soaked 3 days prior
to fermentation in open top fermenters, punched down by hand
and then pressed lightly to maintain a delicate balance between
flavors, color and tannin. Aged in toasted French oak, this wine
was released in March, 2012.
635 cases produced.