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Imagery is a feast for the palate and the eyes

Try an unusual red tonight
Try an unusual red tonight
Julia Hollister

The whimsical and sophisticated labels on Imagery Estate Winery’s 2012 releases are just the beginning story of these outstanding wines.

The two red varietals – from the Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak Appellation – are Upper Ridge lagrein ($45) and Upper Ridge tempranillo ($39).

“The Federal Register officially announced the new appellation three years ago and Imagery’s wines were among the first to be bottled from the appellation,” said winemaker Joe Benziger. “These regions have elevation from 1,600 to 3,000 feet. The volcanic soils and mountain terroir stress the vine to develop more intense fruit, which produces a rich tempranillo and full-bodied lagrein.”

Imagery Estate takes pride in working with less-known varietals. Tempranillo is native to Spain and lagrein of North Italian origin contributes to the less than 2,000 planted to the varietal in California.

This robust lagrein thrives in the rocky, unforgiving soil. This wine has rich flavors of blue berry, plum and black cherry.

Upper Ridge tempranillo is a luxurious, balanced wine that exhibits black cherry, chocolate and cedar notes. Eighteen months of aging in spicy oak barrels result in soft tannins and a mature palate.

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