I have been watching the steady rise of this true artisan winery of Washington state, especially over the past eight or so years. I recently had quite an eye opening jaunt through their wine country a couple years back and I shook hands, talked story with many top caliber winemakers and walked some of the more revered vineyards. Here is what I learned:
–Watch out for Merlot and Syrah driven wines moving forward, with Mourvedre following to provide the next wave of excitement.
–There is a large amount of own rooted vines still in full swing up there—something other winegrowing regions of the world can only dream about.
–I just had to get to the Reynvaan to the islands!
The Reynvaans own two different vineyards–1 in the foothills of the Blue Mountains & the other in what’s nicknamed “The Rocks” over in Milton Freewater. Yes, 2 VERY different terroirs, as we hope to show at this dinner.
Well, thank goodness we were able to get some of their wines, despite their small production AND their astronomically high ratings by the wine media. I thought, there was NO way we would be getting some here! Well, here we are, three years later and Gale & Mike Reynvaan are coming to VINO to do a dinner with us!!!!!! It is a true honor and it should be some kind of night. Yup, we will be serving some of their highly acclaimed wines. BIG scores. Each with a couple of years of bottle age and therefore in a real sweet spot, just the way we like them. What a very special opportunity!
Squid Ink Pasta—Kona Cold Maine lobster, cauliflower puree and mint-shiso pesto
WINE: 2014 Reynvaan Viognier “Foothills in the Sun Vineyard”–a 95 point rated Washington state Viognier in all its glory
Hudson Valley Duck Confit—Swiss chard and red wine-foie gras sauce
WINE: 2013 Reynvaan Syrah “In The Rocks”–co-fermented with 5% Viognier, 97 point rated from their in the rocks estate vineyard
Peppercorn Crusted Nature’s Natural New York—roasted red pepper couscous, Kalamata olives, baby arugula & a red vermouth-peppercorn vinaigrette
WINE: 2015 Reynvaan Syrah “In the Foothills Reserve”–100% Syrah from their 1600 feet elevation estate vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. rated 95 points