Reininger Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

By on June 17, 2015

Reininger Winery-2012-Cabernet Sauvignon BottleChuck Reininger continues his work inside two of the Pacific Northwest’s most acclaimed vineyards with this Cab off Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills that skillfully incorporates Petit Verdot and a program of 44% new oak, most of it French. It’s a sinewy expression of Cab with tones of black cherry and black currant, lavender, lilac, chalkboard dust, horehound, bittersweet chocolate and finely ground espresso. The bountiful 2012 vintage allowed him to double production from the year prior, and although this erstwhile climbing guide has built this with broad shoulders to stand tall for over time, it’s an ideal companion now for Duck Confit or a sizzling ribeye topped with crumbled Rogue Creamery’s Oregonzola.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 667 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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