2017Mr. Owl's Red
Pepper Bridge, Phinny Hill, Stone Tree & XL
When the Reininger children were young, they had difficulty pronouncing the name of the man who began working in the winery’s cellar in 1999. The children would call him “Mr. Owl!” In 2002, Raul Morfin became our Assistant Winemaker and Chuck crafted the first Mr. Owl’s Red as a thank you to all of Raul’s hard work.
It wasn’t until 2008 that REININGER released another Mr. Owl’s Red. Since 2008, Raul has taken his favorite grapes from each vintage to create a special blend.
The 2017 vintage received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Mr. Owl (Raul – our winery’s assistant winemaker) always puts a smile on our faces. His 2017 Mr. Owl’s Red boast scents of sandalwood, sweet-Asian floral spice with hints of rose petal and Walla Walla’s famous mineral loam soil.
The palate possesses a medium, chewy and chalky tannin structure escorting fruit flavors of explosive black currant, plum, cherry, baked blueberry along with a subtle savoriness. The finish carries a wonderful cherry note with an intimate smokiness. – Chuck Reininger, Winemaker