2012 Result of a Crush

Hello friends. Reynvaan continues to be about as buzzy as a winery gets in Washington. Allocations for the main label have become more and more competitive over the years, especially after Harvey Steiman’s series of glowing reviews two years ago that included a 98pt review for Stonessence, the highest score Spectator has bestowed on any Washington wine. Ever. (Note: a 2009 No Girls Syrah and a pair of Eroica Single Berry Selects have also earned 98pt reviews).

All that to say: sourcing main-label Reynvaan wine is as difficult as ever these days. Which only makes the Result of a Crush label that much more appealing. Today we have the new release, a wine many of us have been anticipating given the lovely vintage involved:

This is the gateway drug into the gloriously funky world of Reynvaan, and I apologize in advance if tasting this leads you to spend way too much money on auction sites trying to track down the main label. It’s a family project for the Reynvaans: Since 2011, sisters Amanda Reynvaan and Angela Reynvaan Garratt have been producing approachable red blends and Rosés from elite vineyards throughout the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley in conjunction with their brother and consulting winemaker, Matt Reynvaan. The family started out in the wine business in 2004, launching Reynvaan Family Vineyards in Walla Walla, which quickly developed into a Washington State cult winery. With the Result of a Crush project the family aims to produce wines that are distinctive, affordable, consistent in quality and showcase the owners’ sometimes whimsical attitude toward wine.Here is what we know about the 2012:

1. Unlike three of the previous bottlings we’ve offered (two NVs and the Christmas Cuvee), this is single vintage, coming from 2012.

2. It still has the smooching lips label that belies the seriousness of the juice inside.

3. It is mostly Syrah and Viognier, with some Cabernet Sauvignon.

I’ll begin my note with the last sentence written in my notebook: “spectacular vintage for this wine.” And indeed it is, beginning with a funky, no-doubt-about-it rocks Syrah nose: smoked ham, green olive, flowers, boysenberry fruit. The umami/savory character is just outrageous on the nose. It’s so appetizing, and the palate delivers, with a mouthful of plush red and purple fruit paired to loads of bacon-fat. The swirling stew of meats and olives and fruits is just glorious, and the texture has a level of richness and polish that was just not possible in the cooler/leaner vintages. As far as I know, this remains the most accessibly priced entry point to Syrah fruit from the rocks of the Walla Walla Valley, and it continues to punch well above its price class.

First come first served up to 36 bottles, and the wine should arrive in the next week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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