- 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Tasting
Reynoso Vineyards was a label that we weren’t familiar with before trying the wine, but we were intrigued by the beautiful label and the fact that the Cabernet Estate grown in the Alexander Valley, probably Sonoma’s best Cabernet area. It turns out that Reynoso is a true family project, with husband and wife team Joe and Elana Reynoso handling the vineyard management and winemaking along with their trusted vineyard crew. But we probably wouldn’t have found all that out except for the fact that we were blown away upon tasting the wine, and had to find out more about it.
The 2009 Reynoso Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet in color with a hint of ruby. The nose shows classic Cabernet aromas of tobacco leaf, mint, and black cherry, and the palate is loaded with black berry, cherry and exotic spice that go on and on in layers on the finish. Beautifully balanced with an incredible combination of richness and elegance, this would be a beautiful Cabernet for $50+. At this price, this is one to stock up on and enjoy now and over the next 5-10 years.
VARIETAL: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARDS: Estate - Hillside Fruit
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
ALCOHOL: 14.0% by volume
PRODUCTION: 24 Barrels
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.
Learn more at www.reynosowines.com.