2013 Reynvaan Walla Walla Valley Grenache Blanc

SKU #1255700 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Grenache Blanc (which comes all from the In the Rocks vineyard) is more fresh and lively than past vintages, yet also less rich and textured. Giving up interesting notes of lemon curd, buttered citrus and leafy herbs, it’s medium-bodied, crisp, lean and has racy acidity on the finish. Drink it over the coming couple of years. Both 2012 and 2013 are great vintage for Matt Reynvaan, and this estate continues to produce thrillingly perfumed, complex and layered wines that compete with the best wines in Washington. They continue to produce more wines from the Foothills in the Sun vineyard, which is located just around the estate. The terroir here is relatively nondescript, yet the elevation is such that the grapes are right at the edge of perfect ripeness. All of the wines from this vineyard have cooler-climate, lively and complex characters, which is distinctly different from the classic Rocks expression found in their releases from the In The Rocks vineyard. I was slightly less impressed with the whites here, and they're shifted much more toward the fresher, more acid-driven style. Nevertheless, 2013 was difficult for the white. A cuvee readers need to check out is the new Cabernet, The Classic, which comes from their vineyard in the rocks. It's a killer bottle of wine. (JD)  (5/2015)


 Bright yellow. Pure, discreet aromas of lime blossom, grapefruit and anise. Pungent, leanish and very dry, with brisk grapefruity acidity keeping the middle palate very tight today. A bit youthfully austere on the back end but ripe and persistent, with a refreshing mineral firmness. I'd like to check back on this one in another year or so. A summer visit to this property on the east side of Walla Walla at the base of the Blue Mountains provided a classic look at grape-farming in the desert. The Foothills in the Sun vineyard next to the house and winery is dry and spare, with a sprinkler system providing needed moisture to the parched lawn around the house. There's barely a dream of shade here. Although the vineyard is on a gentle slope down from the mountains, the higher hills behind them are below line-of-sight, so the overall impression is of a vast prairie. And yet the Reynvaans' Syrahs, made mostly from very young vines, show spectacular perfume, often in an Old World way, thanks partly to vinification with a portion of the stems--not to mention moderate alcohol in the 2012 vintage. (ST)  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Soft and inviting, with orange peel-scented pear and watermelon flavors, lingering gently. Drink now. 85 cases made. (HS, Web-2015)

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