This very special blend is selected from premium estate fruit and composed of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 18% Malbec. Grown on our Imagery estate, nestled on the west facing side of the Mayacamas Mountains, it is considered one of the warmest areas in all of Sonoma. The warm afternoon sun allows for even ripening and rich juicy fruit flavors.Download Tasting NotesLabel Art by Don Farnsworth of Oakland, California
The cooler vintage produced a more
evenly balanced wine, with intense fruit flavors and soft tannins.
Cabernet Sauvignon, the prevalent varietal of this blend,
provides structure and adds bright cherry and blackberry flavors
while showing rich in the middle. Merlot gives the wine a bit
of softness with a big cherry punch! Malbec rounds out the
structure, adds a copious amount of blueberry aroma and produces
the deep crimson color.
Although 2009 marks the third year in a row
of below average rainfall, it was the unique weather conditions
that defined this harvest in particular. Rains in May took the
edge off the drought and were responsible for the beautiful,
full-strength photosynthetic canopies we had going into harvest.
The roller coaster weather throughout the summer created
an unstable ripening curve, but when we needed it most, a
heat bump gave the grapes a push towards ripening. The cool
weather returned and we were back to slow, even ripening.
The fruit was fermented for 30 days in
a pumpover tank. The wines were pressed at dryness and then
placed in 100% French oak barrels (45% new oak) for 18
months.The final wine was blended and bottled in April of