Spirit of Reininger
REININGER Winery, located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, specializes in crafting elegant and finely structured red wines from hand-harvested, ultra premium grapes. From our first release in 1997, REININGER wines have possessed a unique quality derived from the winemaker’s awareness of and passion for the natural elements that make great wines. “We view our winery and winemaking as a great adventure and you are invited along for the journey. Our hope is that you enjoy exploring our wines as much as we do.” Chuck & Tracy Reininger Kelly & Ann Tucker Jay & Cyndi Tucker Terry & Ronnie Tucker
What our Customers Say
My Love Affair with Carmenere “This is the one that started it all for me. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.” – Northwest Cork and Fork Melinda “Reininger Winery was one of the first wineries we visited in Walla Walla. We were welcomed and treated like family. We were very impressed with their dedication to producing wines that are true to varietal and well-matched with food. You definitely could say that an experience such as ours was factored in and influenced our decision to open our restaurants in Walla Walla.” – Chris Ainsworth, Chef/Proprietor James Beard nominee ’09, ’10 and ’12 “As wine club members, we have always appreciated the consistency of quality in Reininger wines. Every bottle we have bought is great with food and stands among the best of Walla Walla wines. We love the personal feeling of the winery when we take friends and visitors by to taste. We truly feel like a part of the Reininger family!” – Phil and Carol Morgan, Walla Walla
Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences | The Weekly Wine Commentary | December 5, 2013
Exceptional – 2009 Reininger Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley, Seven Hills Vineyard ($48): Ripe, but not over-ripe, complex aroma of blackberry and a trace of herbs (!), a hint of black pepper, and pure finesse in the finish with silky tannins. This may be the best Carmenere I have ever tasted. www.vintageexperiences.com
The Seattle Times | Pacific NW Magazine | December 2013
Andy Perdue picks his 50 top regional wines. 40. Helix by Reininger 2010 Phinny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $29: Winemaker Chuck Reininger goes to the southern Horse Heaven Hills, one of the great spots anywhere for growing cabernet sauvignon. This reveals aromas and flavors of black currant, black licorice and black pepper.
Wine Spectator | November 2013
Reininger Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2010 - 90 points | $39 “Dark and smooth , this polished style shows a richness to the texture, with black cherry and sassafras flavors gliding onto the finish. Drink now through 2016. 444 cases made.—H.S.
Wine Spectator | Insider
Reininger Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2010 - 93 points | $44 | 246 cases made | Red “Velvety and expressive, centered on gorgeous blackberry and blueberry fruit, hinting at white pepper and pink peppercorn notes that grace the long, extended finish. Shows restraint, offering a laserlike focus on the finish. Drink now through 2020.—H.S.
Wine Press Northwest
Outstanding! Helix by Reininger 2007 Stone Tree SoRho, Columbia Valley, $32. The Wahluke Slope produces some of the Northwest’s top Syrah, which explains why Walla Walla winemaker Chuck Reininger achieved such success with blend of Rhône varieties from Tedd Wildman. Grenache (34%), Mourvèdre (34%) and Cinsault come together for aromas or Red Velvet cake, blueberry, blackberry, red currant, a hint of gaminess and a scrape of orange zest. Flavors show an underlying and attractive jamminess with more blackberry, black currant and black olive. There’s bright cherry in the finish of this medium bodied red. Excellent. Helix by Reininger 2010 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $19. Beguiling aromas of Christmas fruit cake include pineapple, candy corn, lemon peel and fresh mint. The pineapple and lemon notes come to life on the palate with some nuttiness and dried pear notes. While it is quite tart, there’s balance and no bitterness.