Reininger Winery 2008 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $39

By on April 10, 2013

Washington wineBack in the mid-1990s, Chuck Reininger was thinking about getting into the burgeoning craft brewing industry before he caught the wine bug. He and his wife, Tracy, moved back to her hometown of Walla Walla, where they launched Reininger Winery with the 1997 vintage. This Merlot includes a touch of Cabernet Franc for complexity, all from Walla Walla Valley grapes. It opens with aromas of oak, black currant jam and dark cherry, followed by a rich entry that leads to flavors of ripe dark fruit, vanilla and spice.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 128 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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