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Imagery Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley 2005

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* Gold Medal Winner ~ 2007 Sonoma County Harvest Fair * VINTAGE 2005 RELEASE DATE October 2007 CASES PRODUCED 1,113 AVAILABILITY Winery Only APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley VINEYARDS Merlo Vineyard Polesky Vineyard LABEL ART BY Catherine Wagner San Francisco, Ca VARIETAL: The Sangiovese grape is an ancient varietal indigenous to the Tuscany region of Italy. It is Italy's most planted grape variety and the base for Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and most of the Super Tuscans. With the advent of Super Tuscan popularity in California in the late 80's and early 90's, plantings of Sangiovese have increased substantially. Sangiovese is known for its strong tannins and sturdy structure. VINTAGE: Things could not have started off worse this vintage; with a cold, wet spring and periodic rains during the summer, all matter of fungus and mold were alive and well. The amount of extra time we spent adjusting and readjusting canopies and mowing and re-mowing vineyard rows, cost us about 20% more than normal. Moving into harvest, just one rain could have knocked us out cold, but then a miracle! 30 plus days of perfect Indian summer. We ended up getting the grapes just the way we wanted them. Unknown to us, the grapes continued to gain weight late in the year. The extra weight slowed and lengthened the ripening process and this combined with great weather brought our grapes to perfect ripeness. The last grapes were picked on November 11, the latest ever for us in Sonoma. The last press load was December 1st and by this time, we were sick of harvest. This was one of those very rare harvests where we got it both ways—exceptional quality and excellent yields. VINIFICATION: The wine was fermented in a small stainless steel fermentors for 11 days. The high skin to juice ratio allowed us to extract maximum flavor from the grapes, while managing good tannin levels. The wine was aged for 18 months in new and older French oak barrels and bottled on May 4, 2007. Alcohol 14.5%, Total acidity .61, pH 3.63.

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At the forefront of certified Biodynamic®, organic and sustainable grape growing in America, Benziger Family Winery produces fine wines that authentically express the grape variety, the vintage and the vineyard. We produce Sonoma County varietals, blends, and single vineyard designate wines, all grown and produced using agricultural and business practices that are good for the earth and the vine, good for the farm-worker and the farmer, and good for our colleagues and our customers. Read less

* Gold Medal Winner ~ 2007 Sonoma County Harvest Fair * VINTAGE 2005 RELEASE DATE October 2007 CASES PRODUCED 1,113 AVAILABILITY Winery Only APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley VINEYARDS Merlo Vineyard Polesky Vineyard LABEL ART BY Catherine Wagner San Francisco, Ca VARIETAL: The Sangiovese grape is an ancient varietal indigenous to the Tuscany region of Italy. It is Italy's most planted grape variety and the base for Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and most of the Super Tuscans. With the advent of Super Tuscan popularity in California in the late 80's and early 90's, plantings of Sangiovese have increased substantially. Sangiovese is known for its strong tannins and sturdy structure. VINTAGE: Things could not have started off worse this vintage; with a cold, wet spring and periodic rains during the summer, all matter of fungus and mold were alive and well. The amount of extra time we spent adjusting and readjusting canopies and mowing and re-mowing vineyard rows, cost us about 20% more than normal. Moving into harvest, just one rain could have knocked us out cold, but then a miracle! 30 plus days of perfect Indian summer. We ended up getting the grapes just the way we wanted them. Unknown to us, the grapes continued to gain weight late in the year. The extra weight slowed and lengthened the ripening process and this combined with great weather brought our grapes to perfect ripeness. The last grapes were picked on November 11, the latest ever for us in Sonoma. The last press load was December 1st and by this time, we were sick of harvest. This was one of those very rare harvests where we got it both ways—exceptional quality and excellent yields. VINIFICATION: The wine was fermented in a small stainless steel fermentors for 11 days. The high skin to juice ratio allowed us to extract maximum flavor from the grapes, while managing good tannin levels. The wine was aged for 18 months in new and older French oak barrels and bottled on May 4, 2007. Alcohol 14.5%, Total acidity .61, pH 3.63.

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