2013 Reynvaan "The Classic - In The Rocks Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1262128 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 First made in 2012, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Classic comes from vines planted in 2008 and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 40% new French oak, it sports an inky purple color to go with awesome notes of cassis, jammy blackberries, wild herbs and graphite. Full-bodied, fresh and elegant, yet with rocking concentration, this is a serious Cabernet that has the class to drink nicely in its youth, yet the balance, depth and structure to evolve for upward of two decades. (JD)  (6/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Plush and expressive, layered with spicy currant, cherry and floral flavors, picking up a smoky note as the finish sails smoothly against refined tannins and hints of savory spice. Best from 2017 through 2023. 325 cases made. (Web Only - 2016)

90 points Vinous

 (13.2% alcohol; 50% new oak, all Taransaud): Good dark red. Musky aromas of blueberry, licorice, cocoa powder and black olive, plus a touch of Syrah-like funkiness. Much sweeter than the 2012 version but with lovely integrated acidity. These young Cabernet vines enjoyed the heat of 2013, 2014 and 2015, noted Reynvaan. In a clean, elegant style; not thick or fat but juicy and nicely done. And not at all hard on the finish. The Reynvaan family now has 33 acres of vines planted around the estate on the east side of Walla Walla at the base of the Blue Mountains and in the Rocks District. Matt Reynvaan described 2013 as "a pretty, elegant vintage; very clean but with less weight than the 2012s." Still, he added, "the ‘13s will need a lot of time. Drink the 2014s first." The latter vintage, he told me, has higher alcohol. But although 2014 was a very warm year, the wines have good acidity, he said. (I will have to wait until next year to report on the 2014s, although Reynvaan opened a single wine to give me an early taste of the new vintage.) (ST)  (6/2016)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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