Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Winechat: Imagine Wine

Imagine Wines: “A small unique enological establishment.”

Last Friday night, a special #winechat was organized by Imagine Wine and Protocol Wine Studio - the public unveiling of Imagine’s 2007 Winged Paradise Mountain Syrah. Not content to simply unveil the new wine, Ross Jay Rankin gathered his faithful, added a Skype International conference call element to the evening and, of course, enlisted the winechat-ees to join in. We participated via Twitter, so cannot comment on the Skype aspect, though we were assured that it was fun to see the festivities and hear the discussions.

Imagine sent us the Winged Paradise Syrah to participate as virtual tasters and, to keep us from jumping the gun (tasting before the official reveal), they also sent us a bottle of their 2007 Paso robles Cabernet Sauvignon, also a single vineyard wine.

The Imagine Wine '07 Winged Paradise Mountain is 100% Syrah: single varietal, single vineyard. The label based on sculptor Blake Rankin’s “Winged Series 2.”  The Paradise Road Vineyard off of the 154 highway on the way to Santa Barbara.The grapes are de-stemmed but not crushed. The wine is a meaty 16% Alcohol, a result of picking the grapes at 26-27 Brix. The high alcohol is not noticeable, in my opinion due to the solid fruit and incredible balance, perhaps from 5 years in 30-40% new oak.

Wine Tasting Notes:
Imagine Wine 2007 Winged Paradise Mountain Syrah

2007 Winged Paradise Mountain Syrah: inky and dark in color, subtle lightness at edge; mocha, blackberry, dark cherry aromas; cocoa, vanilla, stewed prunes and dusty herb flavors; luscious mouthfeel; vanilla tannins into a tart red currant finish that lingers and lingers; 100% Syrah. single vineyard; aged in oak; 246 cases; 16% ABV; cork closure SRP $80

Imagine Wine 2007 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon: beautiful deep garnet hue, with a tinge of mahogany along the edge; red cherry and earthy herb aromas; dark cherry and chocolate flavors; vanilla tannins; luscious mouthfeel into luxurious finish; from the Sunnyslope’s “Katharina’s Vineyard;” 36 months in French, Hungarian, and American oak; cork closure; 15% ABV; 200 cases produced; SRP $39
More information can be found on the Imagine Wine website  and on Facebook

Disclosure: These wines were provided for review purposes.

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