2013 Reynvaan "Foothills In the Sun" Walla Walla Valley Viognier
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from the estate vineyard located around the winery, the 2013 Viognier Foothills in the Sun is slightly more straightforward than the The Rocks Vineyard release and has pretty floral, honey, buttered citrus and white peach notes in its medium to full-bodied, supple, rounded and nicely textured personality. Upfront and ready to go, it’s an outstanding Viognier to drink over the coming 1-2 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)
13.6% alcohol; 100% Viognier, the first release from high-density, high-altitude vines planted in 2007; spent some time in oak): Bright yellow. Alluring aromas of white peach and flowers. Rich, plush and broad, with the white peach flavor carrying through in the mouth. Quite dry but long on fruit. Finishes with a touch of complementary oak. 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.
Fresh and sleek, with a polished texture to the modest pear and spice flavors. A hint of lime shows on the finish. Drink now. 165 cases made. (Web Only, 2015)