97 Points, Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition
One of our favorites poolside, or just as friends arrive.
The 2020 vintage proved to be the third near-perfect vintage in a row. There is always something to complain about in farming and 2020’s early season issue was a lack of rain. While the berries were smaller and thus yielded a lighter than average crop load, the higher skin-to-juice ratio provides for a more complex and concentrated wine. With a harvest date of August 27, the fruit was picked safely to the winery before the fires began.
At Reynoso, 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. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were hand-picked at 22.8 Brix and barrel fermented with wild yeast showcasing the best of the best of the Reynoso Estate. 100% neutral French oak barrel fermentation using only native yeasts. After fermentation the wine saw 6 months in barrel before bottling. As with many of their wines, Reynoso is inspired by the great wine-growing regions of France, where minimal manipulation allowing the terroir to be most fully expressed.
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
VINEYARDS: Estate-Grown - Hillside Fruit
VARIETAL: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
AGING: 100% neutral French oak barrel fermentation
ALCOHOL: 13.8% by volume
Classic Rutherford, fruit-forward and beautiful, with currants, light vanilla, light herbs and flowers. Medium bodied and backed by Tulare Cherry, Plum, Pine Resin, Tobacco Leaf, Caramel with a polished finish.
Aromas of dark chocolate, mahogany, blackcurrants and black licorice. Polished and rich with a dense and deep core of black fruit. Ripe, muscular tannins with a Chocolatey finish.