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Reininger Winery

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Reininger Winery produces extremely high quality, elegant, and sought-after wines that hail from the magnificent Walla Walla Valley. We strive to capture and enhance the essence of each vintage by exposing its terroir.


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  • 2009 CPR Merlot

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The nose: cracking a jar of sweet cherries and dried fig marinated with a pinch of sweet tobacco and leather. Patience certainly has its rewards. This incredible Merlot from Seven Hills Vineyard has had its beauty sleep. Sumptuous fruit with fine grain tannins lends itself to indulgence. After more than five years in barrel, she has awakened to present herself to the world with no new oak!

      • Merlot
      • over $75
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Seven Hills Vineyard
  • NV CPR Red Wine, Second Edition

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • CPR Red Wine, Second Edition is as diverse as its elements: Seven grape varieties and Eight vintages. The wine is informally inspired by the Solera blending tradition, where each year we bottle nearly 20% of the blend which we then replace with a subsequent vintage to create the following year’s wine thus creating a “perpetual wine.” Its garnet color portends the dichotomy of youth and the complexity of age while an alluring nose teases the senses with intriguing spices, bramble berries and dark fruit compote. A lively circle of black raspberry, boysenberry, date and plum promenade around the palate on fine tannins accompanied by coriander, cardamom, white pepper, vanilla bean, dried rose petals, a pinch of tobacco, rich-wet garden bed soil and soft leather. Its striking complexity of spices and dry-dark framboise extend well into the sunset.

      • Blend - Proprietary Red
      • over $75
      • Columbia Valley
  • 2013 REININGER Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Overview

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    • Our REININGER 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a generous garnet color, with fragrant scents of black currant, black cherry, savory spice, and hints of crushed rose petals and Sambuca. This is certainly showing its Walla Walla roots by spanning old world and new world supported by its two pillars of earthy, loamy dark fruit and savory herbs and spice while balancing its convivial acids with soft drying tannins. Mature black currant, and dark cherry are introduced with both medium plus acidity and body shadowed by a dash of black raspberry Chambord, toasted cedar, espresso with a blend of savory herbs.

      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • $30 - $50
      • Walla Walla Valley
  • 2013 REININER Carmenere

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Carmenere, the “Lost Bordeaux’, is the most unique of bordelaise grapes. This beautiful dark, crimson colored 100% Carmenere exhibits engaging aromas of cassis, fig, and spice with smoked cracked peppercorn fractured by a whip of leather. Its soft tannins deliver layers of dark fruit beginning with black cherry, black currant, and dried fig, peppered with spice, loam and peppercorn, and shadowed by swirling smoke casted by a sunset of Chambord. Take your time, let the wine breathe, explore and taste the ancient glacial Lake Missoula as it floods your palate.

      • Carmenere
      • $50 - $75
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Seven Hills Vineyard
  • 2009 REININGER Cima

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The bright ruby color of our 2009 REININGER Cima fails to intimate its six and a half years in barrel. The wine harbors aromatics of my great uncle’s sweet pipe tobacco, dark fruit and coconut. Gentle waves of dark plum and black raspberry wash over the palate with splashes of black cherry, coriander, mocha and leather anchored by round, broad tannins. The surf retreats surrendering baked dark fruit laced with saffron spice.

      • Blend - Proprietary Red
      • $50 - $75
      • Walla Walla Valley
  • 2013 REININGER Malbec

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Our 2013 Malbec’s aromas and bouquet elicit memories of after work trail runs in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where wild blackberries and thimbleberries often offered a welcoming indulgence as well as an excuse for a quick respite to truly digest the grandeur of the moment. A hint of cola accompanies this brambly nose. Velvety smooth tannins with a soft push of acid brings forth currant, black cherry, raspberry and a savory finish of dark cherry and a touch of plum with an intimation of tobacco. This Malbec is a beautiful alternative to our wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon.

      • Malbec
      • $50 - $75
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Pepper Bridge Vineyards
  • 2011 REININGER Mr. Owl's Red

    • Overview

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    • When the Reininger children were young, they had difficulty pronouncing the name of the nice young man who began working with us. The children would greet him with, “Hello, Mr. Owl!” Raul Morfin has since become our Assistant Winemaker and is very special to us. To honor Raul’s dedication to REININGER, Mr. Owl’s Red was first crafted in 2002. To further thank Raul, REININGER donates $5 of every bottle sold to his favorite Walla Walla charity, Friends of the Farm Labor Homes Community. With notes of cherries, pomegranate and raspberries, Mr. Owl’s Red is smooth, friendly, wine that has nice acid and soft tannins, providing a playful character that won’t weigh you down.

      • Blend - Proprietary Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Walla Walla Valley
  • 2013 REININGER Reserve Chardonnay

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The Reininger Reserve Chardonnay was produced to emphasize the grape’s relationship with the vineyard’s fine sandy loam soils that lay over fractured basalt, while limiting winemaking influence. The result is a Chardonnay that is medium golden-straw in color with pronounced mineral character that is matched with beautiful acidity, ripe pear, green apple, and tropical notes. Our Reserve Chardonnay was barrel fermented in three year old 500 L French puncheons and aged 14 months in barrel.

      • Chardonnay
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
      • Stillwater Creek Vineyard
  • 2013 REININGER Semillon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Once again we harvested our Birch Creek Vineyard Semillon on the early side of ripeness to obviate the common practice of blending a higher acid grape (typically Sauvignon Blanc) to achieve proper balance. The result is a rare 100% Walla Walla Semillon experience with accentuated varietal character obtained by fermenting in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation. A luminous yellow-verdant tinge intimates its time of harvest. The nose brings forth an intriguing weave of late summer native grasses, caraway and clover honey. There’s an understated richness with a slight lanolin texture that follows focused layers of lemongrass, honeydew melon and clover, and a mineral character of slate and loam, all balanced with a lemony acidity.

      • Semillon
      • $30 - $50
      • Walla Walla Valley
      • Birch Creek Vineyard
  • 2012 REININGER Syrah

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Co-fermented with Viognier skins, and aged in 100% neutral French oak for two years, our 2012 Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge Vineyard Syrah has aromas of sweet violet, orange blossom, lavender, potpourri and spice. This deep garnet wine's velvety palate brings forth plum and fig macerated with saffron and turmeric proceeding drying, chewy tannins interlaced with steak tartare, earth, a crumb of almond and Madagascar chocolate.

      • Syrah
      • $30 - $50
      • Walla Walla Valley
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  • 2013 Helix Cabernet Franc

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    • We have not made a Cabernet Franc since our inaugural 1997 vintage and, believe it or not, that wine still rocks while screaming right bank Bordeaux. This lovely rendition displays a garnet/purple color while highlighting botanical notes of violet, berries and gentle herb with a mellow hint of cocoa. Aged in neutral French oak for two years, our Cabernet Franc's soft, round mouth feel escorts raspberry reduction, blackberry and plum with shavings of baker’s chocolate and an occasional background peak of caramel. This is an excellent accompaniment to pork, salmon with a brambly fruit/wine reduction or even turkey burgers.

      • Cabernet Franc
      • $30 - $50
      • Wahluke Slope
      • Sagemoor Vineyards
  • 2012 Helix Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Deciphering the complexity of this Cabernet’s nose is an adventurous, ever-evolving expedition. Black raspberry and cassis dominate the nose of this garnet colored Cabernet with a whiff of coriander, black violets, orange peel and fresh cut sirloin rubbed with a pinch of white pepper. Plum, dark cherry and black fruits dominate the palate with fine grain tannins that possess a hint of vanilla and dust accompanied by black olive, a scraping of graphite and bolstered by a hit of dry Chambord and sweet aromatic pipe tobacco. Excellent with a grilled well-marbled steak.

      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • 2013 Helix Chardonnay

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Chardonnay exposed. Fruit, not wood! Whole clustered pressed, its juice went directly into stainless steel tanks with no SO2 additions until fermentation was complete, where it remained sur lie (extended yeast lees contact) for improved mouth feel and flavor development. This clean, woodless style with wonderful acidity and an expression of minerality highlights the delicate Chardonnay grape. Tropical fruit, guava, pineapple, banana, pear, a touch of green apple, hint of lemongrass and Colville Street Patisserie’s Kouign-aman (a yeasty, fruitless, laminated pastry) creates a delightful flavor profile with a slight unctuous texture.

      • Chardonnay
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
      • Stillwater Creek Vineyard
  • 2012 Helix Merlot

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • A tasteful vision: The opening scene features Black Raspberry, Plum and Asian Spices cascading down the glass. The bright garnet pool sets the stage for a chorus line of black cherry and plum, with the center star being none other than Black Currant trailing a see-through flowing scarf of black licorice. For a brief moment Dusty Tannins soft-shoes in from stage left while twirling the thinnest of pencil canes and quickly exits before intermission. The performance concludes with a lingering bow and curtsy of Plum and Dark Cherry. (Applause).

      • Merlot
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • 2013 Helix Petit Verdot

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The perfumed flower petals of the lilac trees surrounding my house seem to have found their way into my glass of deep garnet colored Helix Petit Verdot, where they mirthfully dance with dried dark fruit, dried herbs and an intense umami nose. A deluge of glistening and vivacious fruit, consisting of blackberry, plum, and fig drizzled with cassis, slide across the palate accompanied by a savory background of marjoram and dried lavender. This beautifully structured wine is animated by a perfect balance of acid and very fine yet, slightly drying tannins. There’s plenty of adventure in this wine. After you pour it, please, don’t rush it; discover it!

      • Petit Verdot
      • $30 - $50
      • Wahluke Slope
      • Stone Tree Vineyard
  • 2013 Helix Pomatia

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Our 2013 Helix Pomatia has a lovely rich, sweet yet spicy nose of black currant, plum, cardamom and violets that will keep you pleasantly captivated as you and your significant other prepare your favorite midweek dinner. Its velvety texture bathes the palate with luscious black cherry and succulent dried dark fruit that’s stimulated by a soft yet vibrant acidity. On the finish, a gentle wave of focused fruit is a bobbing streak of perfumed wood spice impregnated with specs of loam. This is my favorite Pomatia to date!

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • 2015 Helix Rosé

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This Rosé is made using a technique known as saignée (French: to bleed) which involves the “bleeding off” of pre-fermentation juice from the skins of red grape varieties. It has a glistening bright medium ruby color with beautiful early summer fruit aromatics echoed by flavors of strawberry, Jolly Rancher watermelon, and pomegranate. The palate is light to medium in weight with moderate crispness making it a perfect wine for salmon and summer salads.

      • Rose
      • $15 - $20
      • Columbia Valley
  • 2011 Helix Sangiovese

    • Overview

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    • Candied cherry, notes of fresh tobacco and dried herb highlight the nose of our 2011 Helix Sangiovese. Classic sour-cherry aromas energizes the palate followed by a savory blend of pomegranate, dried strawberry and fig, stewed tomatoes, a wisp of tobacco, shavings of moist earth and lingering pepper. Its tannins are extremely fine and well integrated, no more than a fleeting thought. This wine shoulders wisdom and knows how to pair well with just about any classic Italian fare. Think villa made goat cheese, fresh basil, beef Carpaccio...take a bottle to Tuscany!

      • Sangiovese
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
      • Stillwater Creek Vineyard
  • 2013 Helix SoRho

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The three grapes, Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault, were fermented together to produce this adventurous wine inspired by France’s Southern Rhone Valley. A brisk pour into the glass stirs up aromas of blueberries, pomegranate, cut cherries and red meat rubbed with herbs with a pinch of pepper. Flavors of dried black cherry, a hint of citrus and strawberry, leather, rolled tobacco and dried herbs dominate the palate. The tannins grab hold for the finish leaving behind a taste of cherry-almond with just a tiny dash of lingering cinnamon. Enjoy with beef short ribs, sausage, lentils and lamb.

      • Blend - Rhone Style Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Wahluke Slope
      • Stone Tree Vineyard
  • 2011 Helix Syrah

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Ladies and Gentlemen, may we present Syrah: All French oak – no new. Ripe macerated blueberry/huckleberry deglazed reduction sauce with notes of fig and cardamom spice, black cherry, plum skin and a hint of fresh rich potting soil, smoke and dust. The finish… “Viola” and done. Take a bow.

      • Syrah
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • 2013 Helix Viognier

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    • Tasting Notes

    • Fruit blossoms, stone fruit, tropical notes and mineral create a beautiful aromatic spring breeze. Cool fermentation in stainless steel captures refreshing flavors of orange blossom, guava, white peach, a small bite of banana with slate, loam and a wonderful acidity making it a perfect wine to pair with strawberries and goat cheese.

      • Viognier
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
      • Stillwater Creek Vineyard

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