Named after Max Ehrmann’s eponymous poem, our first release of Desiderata was an homage to Chuck’s wife, Tracy. Without her, he might still be mountaineering or pursuing the home brew dream. Chuck received the poem while in high school, and for Chuck and Tracy’s wedding in 1993, Chuck’s father found his speech in the 1927 poem, Desiderata. That same year, he officially caught the wine bug. As REININGER prepared to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Chuck worked to create a wine that reflects his winemaking dreams and honors his passion for the industry.
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desiderata n., pl. 1. Something considered highly desirable, necessary, or even essential. 2. yearned for 3. Sought after. [Latin desideratum, DESIRE.]
The definition of Desiderata is not only apropos for this REININGER 20TH Anniversary retrospective, non-vintage blend of all six noble Bordeaux red varietals but also for describing 20 years of passion behind our winery. The depth of its dark garnet color eludes to riches soon to be exposed. Fragrant scents of wild blackberry and eucalyptus burst from the glass revealing layers of black currant, cherries, dry fig, both vanilla and coffee bean, with a hint of dried tobacco leaves, a blend of exotic spice and sandalwood. The mouth is soft and velvety with supple round tannins surrendering a bounty of plums, blackberries, cherries, mulberries and chopped dates mixed in an old leather bowl splashed with cassis and sprinkled with spice and an occasional pinch of pepper. Enjoy REININGER’S homage to the multiplicity of Walla Walla.
33% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere, 13% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills & XL
Walla Walla Valley
94% French, 6% American (32% new)
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