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may 2010 wine club newsletter

Dear Friends,

I can hardly believe we’re about to

one of my favorite ways to end the day.

embark on the summer months once again.

Sitting on the porch, watching the sun set

The spring flew by as we were busy bottling

behind the Mayacamas Mountain range and

the last of the 2007 and many of the 2008

sipping either of these wines really feels like

vintage reds and even a few of the 2009

summer to me.

whites. Curator Bob Nugent and I have had

a grand time, as always, selecting labels to

edition of the Wine Club Newsletter. Come

adorn our newest editions. Even after almost

September, you’ll visit the website to

10 years, I never tire of trying to capture

download newsletters, recipes and event

and match the spirit of a wine with another

calendars. Go to

artist’s work. It continues to be both

now to view your May recipe.

Don’t forget, this is your last paper

humbling and inspirational.

For your last installment of the spring,


we’ve selected 2009 Wow Oui and our 2007 Mourvèdre. The Wow Oui is positively perfect this time of year as its fresh, crisp flavors are always refreshing in the warmer

Joe Benziger, Winemaker

weather. Mourvèdre actually makes an excellent BBQ wine in addition to being


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2009 wow oui

vinification: Sauvignon Blanc from the MacLeod family, our friends and neighbors in Sonoma Valley, was then blended with organically grown Muscato from our friends the Bartolucci Family in Mendocino. Free run Sauvignon Blanc juice was tank fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp acidity and clean flavors of the grapes. The wine was bottled in February 2010. wine: Together Sauvignon Blanc and Muscato varietal: Wow Oui is our interpretation of

produce a bright, fresh wine with layers of pink

Sauvignon Blanc. Typically thought of as crisp

grapefruit, lemony citrus and aromas of

and sometimes acidic, we soften our Sauvignon

gardenia. Whether providing refreshment from

Blanc with a touch of Muscato. This twist adds

long, hot days or being paired alongside a light

lovely floral aromas and a hint of sweetness.

summer salad, the result is a resounding WOW...Oui!

vintage: Rains in May took the edge off the drought and were responsible for the beautiful canopies we had going into harvest. Through the summer, we had 10-12 days of cool weather followed by 2-3 days of very warm weather. The heat wasn’t high enough and didn’t last long enough to damage anything, but it gave the grapes a good push towards ripening. The heat bumps brought up the flavors and the cool weather kept the structure and acid intact.

alcohol: 13.6%, total acidity .65, pH 3.22, 36 stainless steel barrels produced label artist: Fay Jones, Seattle, WA

2007 mourvèdre

vinification: The grapes cold soaked for 3 days prior to fermentation. Fermentation went to dryness and lasted 14 days. The wine was then lightly pressed to maintain a delicate balance between flavors, color and tannins. The 2007 Mourvèdre spent 14 months in French oak barrels before bottling in April 2009. wine: Medium bodied with layered flavors of blueberry, currant, spice and herbs, our Mourvèdre is equally lovely with a meal or varietal: This classic Spanish varietal thrives

on its own. French oak barrel aging softens

in the red volcanic soil found on Morine

tannins and adds complexity to the mouthfeel.

Vineyard in Lake County. With a high elevation

Enjoy our 2007 Mourvèdre with rack of lamb

and the cooling affects of nearby Clear Lake,

or duck confit.

this spot produces fruit with deep, rich flavors. vintage: Overall the 2007 growing season was paced fairly evenly with a just a few heat spikes in the early summer. This year, a dry winter led to a fairly early bud break, but warm August weather ended up starting harvest early, particularly for thin-skinned varietals. This vintage was certainly smaller in quantity than 2006, but in many cases the lower yields meant more concentrated flavors.

alcohol: 14.6%, total acidity .94, pH 3.77, 27 barrels produced label artist: Barry Buxkamper, Nashville, TN

wine club shipment re-order imagery may 2010 newsletter price list: May Shipment (Re-order by June 15 to receive 25% off 1-11 btls, 30% off 12+): 2009 Wow Oui | $27 2007 Mourvèdre | $42 other wines: Your Club benefit entitles you to 20% off all Imagery wines: 2007 White Burgundy | $29 2008 White Burgundy | $29 2009 Rosé-Aleatico | $24 2006 Barbera, Sonoma Valley | $35 2006 Cabernet Franc | $38 2007 Cabernet Franc | $38 become a fan of imagery 2008 Code Blue | $36 on facebook 2006 Dragonsleaf Red | $38 2006 Mourvèdre | $42 2007 Sangiovese | $29 2006 Petit Verdot | $39 find and follow imagery on twitter 2006 Petite Sirah | $42 2006 Tempranillo | $39 2007 Tusca Brava | $50 2007 Wow Red | $24 2007 Petite Sirah Port, Paso Robles | $34 2008 Coco Blu Port | $38 for orders or questions: 2008 Interlude Port | $34 & 800-989-8890 2006 Pallas Cabernet Sauvignon | $60  2006 Pallas Estate | $75

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