Hello friends. We’ve been offered a terrific tariff on a well-loved wine that we first offered in June 2014.
While I don’t know the exact scenario here, I can make an educated guess. 2011 was a cold, challenging vintage in Washington. I suspect that the Reynvaan family, hoping to keep the buzz and praise going for their main-label Reynvaan wines, had to declassify a lot of fruit in ’11.
If that was the plan, it worked. From Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): 94pts In The Rocks, 95pts Contender, 96pts Unnamed, 97pts Stonessence. But that plan also would have meant a high production level for the family’s Result of a Crush label. Which would explain why the wine is still available 18 months after we offered it, and why it’s now being offered to us at a significant discount.
Now then, excerpts from the original offer:
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: “Result of a Crush is a Walla Walla winery started by Amanda Reynvaan and Angela Reynvaan Garratt, sisters of consulting winemaker Matt Reynvaan. We want to make a wine that is both affordable and distinctive. Our goal is to produce wines that are consistent in quality, but also reflect our sometimes whimsical attitude towards wine.” It’s also worth noting that they’ve recently opened a tasting room in Walla Walla, so sampling these wines in Wallyworld is now an option.
Here is what we know about the 2011:
1. Unlike the previous two bottlings (which had been NV), this is single vintage, coming from 2011.
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.
This has immediate rocks Syrah character on the nose, with super umami notes, sanguine/bloody character, briny green olives, smoked meat, smoky charcoal, and loads of huckleberry fruit. The palate continues the wonderful balance of savory elements and richly fruited elements, all carried along by the lively acid of the cool 2011 vintage. I can’t imagine that there’s very much Cab in this – maybe just a little bit to buff up the texture – because it really drinks like a lovely Syrah/Viognier conferment from the rocks, all funky goodness.
Because this is such a good option for parties and weddings, we’ll open this one up: first come first served up to 60 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.