Hello friends. We have a new vintage today of a wine that has taken on a life of its own during the past few holiday seasons:
Here is a quick reminder about the winery from the Reynvaan family, in case we have some list newbies who haven’t taken the plunge on our previous RoaC offers: 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.
Just like last year, I have a source (very) close to the winery telling me that this 2014 is all declassified juice from Reynvaan Family Vineyards, all Syrah cofermented with Viognier (last year it was a full 10%; I’m not sure if the 2014 proportion is quite so high). I always come away from tasting these RoaC wines thinking to myself: if this is the declass juice, how wildly good are the top-end bottles at this point? The only thing I can think is that Matt Reynvaan is growing more and more selective with what juice makes it into the top tier (hence the string of 95pt-98pt reviews in Wine Spectator), allowing higher and higher quality juice to make it into his sisters’ wines.
For anyone curious about rocks fruit, this cuvee is a terrific gateway drug. The packaging is whimsical; the juice inside is dead serious. A quick sniff and you have a pretty good idea that you’re in the rocks. And also that there is a serious whack of Viognier in the mix. The beautiful high-toned florals are what you notice first: violets and rose petals. And then subsequent sniffs reveal the savory layers lurking as bass notes: cracked pepper and juniper; nori and other brackish sea notes; and a butcher’s shop worth of meaty subtleties. The palate has plenty of verve and pizzazz, especially considering the warm vintage involved. Listed alc is 13%, and this drinks like it, with cut and definition thanks to a bright vein of acidity. It’s clearly made for early consumption: an approachably textured wine with all the savory hallmarks of this special part of the Walla Walla Valley.
First come first served up to 60 bottles, and the wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.