Friday, October 8, 2010

Enjoying Wine With Imagination

Last week I had the chance to taste some exceptional wines
and enjoy some beautiful art, at the same time-
when a friend brought over a selection of (8) different selections
 Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley,
Imagery was started by Joe Benziger,
whose family has been operating Benziger Family Winery
since the early 80s.

His mission: dedication to crafting small quantities
and character rich vineyards.
The wines inside the bottles are some of the best 
in the Valley but that alone does not set them apart. 

As the idea for the winery was developing,
Joe met Bob Nugent, a renowned, local artist
who offered to design a label that 
could match the expressiveness of the wine inside.
'Now, more than 20 years later,
 he is the curator of Imagery art collection
commissioning hundreds of international artists
to design one-of-a kind artwork for Imagery labels.'
From the wines to the artwork,
Imagery Wines are the perfect blend
of creative expression, individuality
and imagination.
Here is a taste of what we sampled:

 2006 Imagery Dragonsleaf Red
Tasting Notes:
Fruit from Dragonsleaf vineyard creates a classic blend of traditional 
Rhone varietals that is replete with layers of chalky tannins
 and black fruit flavors. In the 2006 blend Dragonsleaf Red is made up 
of 79% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah and 9% Cinsault.

2007 Imagery Wow Red
Tasting Notes:
WOW is the best way to describe this eclectic blend.
 The structured body and rusty, rich red of Petite Sirah and 
the well-integrated tannins of Malbec combine to create a wine
 rich with spicy earth flavors. The Wow Red offers aromas
 of pepper and mushroom. In the mouth, 
this wine’s robust tannins are balanced by tastes of tart cranberry,
 blueberry, and cherry. It is a blend truly
 full of surprises: from the aromas of the earth to the robust fruit and dry finish.

2007 Imagery Mourvedre
Tasting Notes:
Medium bodied with layered flavors of blueberry, currant,
 spice and herbs, our Mourvèdre is equally lovely with a meal or on its
 own. French oak barrel aging softens tannins
 and adds complexity to the mouthfeel.

There were others, 2009 Viognier, 2008 White Burgandy,
2006 Tempranillo, 2007 Malbec and 2008 Code Blue,
one just as exciting and expressive as the next.

I invite you to take a look at Imagery Winery
 depending on your proximity, in the tasting room, or online
good wine and beautiful art- 
a beautiful combination that never disappoints.