2004 Reininger Anomaly

2004 Reininger Anomaly
Columbia Valley

Technical Information2004 Reininger Anomaly

Vineyards
Cold Creek
Seven Hills
Stone Tree

Blend
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
37.5% Petit Verdot
12.5% Carmenere

Cooperage
100% French
50% new oak

pH 3.84
Total acidity 0.68 g/100ml
Cases Produced 101

Tasting Notes
This is an Anomaly. In January of 2004, an Arctic front descended upon eastern Washington devastating our Walla Walla Valley vineyards with 70-100% bud kill leaving Reininger Winery with just one barrel worthy of the Reininger name. This lone barrel of Seven Hills Vineyard Carmenere was blended with our finest 2004 Columbia Valley vineyard blocks: Cold Creed Cabernet Sauvignon and Stone Tree Petit Verdot. Lively acidity lifts currant, blackberry, cherry and strawberry fruit-leather, all supported by elegant soft tannins and wood tones, coconut, caramel and vanilla. An exceptional wine from a very difficult vintage.

-Chuck Reininger, Winemaker

 

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