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april 2010 wine club newsletter

Dear Friends,

With spring officially arriving in Sonoma

Waltz;” you’ll find the sheet music on a future

Valley, there is much to look forward to in

White Burgundy label. And when the wine

these upcoming months. We’re seeing more

is released our wine club members will be

sunny days here in Glen Ellen, which means

the first to see the video of Richard playing

the chance to enjoy our bocce court and patio.

“Imagine a Waltz” on his piano. For now,

And since budbreak last month, I’m thrilled

you’ll just have to bide your time

about what looks like the start of another

savoring the 2008 White Burgundy and

great growing season.

enjoying Philadelphia artist, Tom Judd’s

original piece.

In this shipment, we present two new

wines: the 2008 White Burgundy and the

Just a reminder, we’re moving to paperless

2007 Cabernet Franc. The White Burgundy,

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a blend of North Coast Chardonnay, Pinot to download your

Blanc, and Pinot Meunier, is rich and sassy,

April recipe pairing.

and the Cabernet Franc boasts a generous mouthfeel and fruit.

Welcome to spring,

We recently spent a morning in southern

Sonoma filming our very first musical wine label. Richard Derwingson, a local musician and composer, wrote a song called “Imagine a



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2008 white burgundy

in recent years, spanning almost three months from start to finish. vinification: The three lots for our 2008 White Burgundy were all cold barrel fermented to dryness in new and older French and American oak, allowing us to preserve the crisp acidity and aromatic fruit character. When dry, the wine was put through partial malolactic fermentation. After fermentation, the wine aged in oak for eight months. Extended lees contact varietals: One of our most popular Imagery

enhanced the mouthfeel of the final blend.

wines, White Burgundy is a blend of the Burgundian varietals Chardonnay and Pinot

wine: Chardonnay gives the wine tropical fruit

Blanc, with a bit of Pinot Meunier from

flavors, while the Pinot Meunier adds

France’s Champagne region as well. While the

aromatics and a subtle element of strawberry.

Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc provide the

Pinot Blanc brings a bright, crispness to the

richness and structure necessary for barrel

blend. Although the '08 is ready for drinking

aging, the Pinot Meunier contributes an

now, it could be cellared over the next 2-3

unmistakable youthful fruitiness.

years. Pair alongside fresh scallops with pesto, pasta with alfredo sauce or a cheese plate.

vintage: A dry winter led to a fairly early bud break in 2008. Warm August weather started harvest early, but then a cool September slowed things quite a bit and grapes hung on the vines another few weeks. 2008 was one of the longest harvests Sonoma County has seen

54% chardonnay, 32% pinot blanc, 14% pinot meunier, alcohol 13.9%, total acidity .70, pH 3.52, 37 barrels produced label artist: Tom Judd, Philadelphia, PA

2007 cabernet franc

excellent quality. vinification: The harvest began on September 18th. The fermentation took place in small open top tanks and was punched down daily. After pressing, the wine was racked to French oak barrels and aged for 18 months before bottling in April of 2009. wine: Our 2007 Cabernet Franc has good structure and firm tannins. Dark berry flavors varietal: Cabernet Franc, one of the

are balanced against more earthy notes of

classic Bordeaux varietals, is most often used

coffee, tea, and tobacco. Delightful now, this

as a blending grape to add interest and to

wine will continue to soften over the next

compliment Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot

3-5 years.

based wines. On its own, Cabernet Franc produces alluring wines that are early maturing with generous mouthfeel and fruit. vintage: 2007 was truly a year won in the vineyard. A record heat spike that lasted 10 days in July shut down the vines until the weather cooled again. Later in the year, rain led to frantic leafing in an effort to let sun and air into the clusters. In late October the weather dried up and warmed giving grapes a little more hang time. Overall, it was a late harvest with

alcohol 14.7%, total acidity .59, pH 3.72, 33 barrels produced label artist: William Case, Glen Ellen, CA

wine club shipment re-order imagery april 2010 newsletter price list: April Shipment (Re-order by May 15 to receive 25% off 1-11 btls, 30% off 12+): 2008 White Burgundy | $29 2007 Cabernet Franc | $38 other wines: Your Wine Club benefit entitles you to 20% off all Imagery wines: 2007 White Burgundy | $29 2009 Rosé-Aleatico | $24 2006 Barbera, Sonoma Valley | $35 2006 Cabernet Franc | $38 20086 Code Blue | $36 2006 Dragonsleaf Red | $38 2006 Mourvèdre | $42

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2007 Sangiovese | $29 2006 Petit Verdot | $39 2006 Petite Sirah | $42 2006 Tempranillo | $39 2007 Tusca Brava | $50

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2007 Wow Red | $24 2007 Petite Sirah Port, Paso Robles | $34 2008 Coco Blu Port | $38 2008 Interlude Port | $34 2006 Pallas Cabernet Sauvignon | $60 2006 Pallas Estate | $75

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