2012 Syrah, Alexander Valley
The 2012 Syrah's are just beginning to shine. This Estate Syrah is dark and robust, it emphasizing the deep, brooding, structured, yet fruit-driven side of the Syrah grape. Plenty of dark fruits (black cherry and currant) with complex background notes of spice and smoke. This is a knife and fork style wine, mouth-filling and concentrated with chewy but fine structure with a long, dry, mouth coating finish. If there ever was a wine that deserved a steak, well you just found it. This is a most excellent red wine!
All work is done by hand: from leaf-pulling and green drop, to harvesting into half-ton bins. Once the growing season is over, the fruit is gently crushed into half ton bins, where they undergo a slow, cool fermentation with 2-3 gentle punch downs per day. When fermentation is complete they pump the juice into French barrels, where they finish secondary fermentation and gently age for 24 months. As with many of their wines, they're inspired by the great wine-growing regions of France, where minimal manipulation allows the elegance of the terroir to be most fully expressed.
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
VINEYARDS: Estate-Grown - Hillside Fruit
VARIETAL: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
AGING: Aged for 24 months in French Oak.
ALCOHOL: 14.5% by volume
PRODUCTION: 200 cases
In 1994, Joe and Elena Reynoso were happily pursuing careers in Chicago: Joe in proprietary derivatives trading, Elena in fine wine sales. Joe had grown passionate about wine during his many years as a wine collector, and had been searching for vineyard property in California for about five years. Finally, in 1994, he found a 550 acre parcel fronting the Russian River in the Alexander Valley that became Reynoso Vineyards. Over the next seven years, an extensive planting program was instituted, the property became a working vineyard, and Joe and Elena found themselves drawn to both hands-on farming (meaning their hands), and to eventually making their own wines from the fruit on the estate. They began their odyssey into the wine business in 2001, when Elena quit her job and began managing the vineyards. Dipping her toe into winemaking, she started experimenting with the varied characteristics of different vineyards during that harvest, improving knowledge with each successive vintage. Over the last seven years their passion for making balanced and extraordinary wines has only grown. Since that time grapes have been sold to several of Sonoma’s finest wine producers.
They are currently farming 155 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Only a small percentage of the finest grapes on the estate are used for Reynoso Vineyard wines.
Learn more at www.reynosowines.com.
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