I love it when we get a surprise shipment of wine from Imagery Estate Winery! These wines are small, artisan wines in limited production from lesser known varietals.The Benziger family migrated to Sonoma in the 80's and began making wines in Glen Ellen, California. Imagery wine evolved under the direction of Joe Benziger when he noticed there were a few vineyard lots that were "special".
What makes it so exciting to open the box is that the labels are amazing! There are several artists working on labels at any given time and each label must have a depiction of the Parthenon somewhere in it. That is its connection to the Parthenon on the Benziger property.
Here is my 2011 White Burgundy, North Coast. Note the curling iron and the paper laid out in the shape of the Parthenon. How creative is that! Must have been designed by a woman, right? Yep, it was designed by Cybele Young of Ontario, Canada.
This wine is a blend of mainly Chardonnay and Pinto Blanc, and a little amount of Pinot Meunier. This wine has "aromas of red berry, tropical fruit and a bright crispness." It would be great with seafood which I love! It sells for about $30 a bottle.
Here is the 2010 Dragonsleaf Syrah. Don's wine comes with a more bold label to complement what's inside the bottle, which lends itself to barbeque dishes such as beef brisket or pork ribs. The tasting notes say "this wine boasts flavors of plum, dried cherry, blackberry, currant, and licorice."
This label was designed by Tony Berlant, of Santa Monica, CA.
If you ever get to Sonoma, and please do, go to Glen Ellen, stay at the Glen Ellen Inn or the Gaige House, which I love!!!!! You'll be ever so pleased!