Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Reininger Winery 2010 Cima Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $62

reininger cima nv bottle - Walla Walla rising with redsChuck Reininger debuted his Super Tuscan-style red with the 1999 vintage, and it is not a coincidence that it emerged from the first harvest of Sangiovese from Seven Hills Vineyard. He neither produces it each year, and nor does he rush it to market. The 2010 Cima leads with Sangiovese (54%), backed by a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec from Pepper Bridge Vineyard. Neutral French oak and new American oak (18%) were used for 5 1/2 years, leading to a theme of red currant, pink strawberry, rose hips and smoked meat, framed by sandy tannins and rewarding acidity. Reininger, a former Mount Rainier climbing guide, names this for the Italian word for “summit.” It’s a release prized each year by his wine club and otherwise limited to his Walla Walla tasting room.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 260 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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