Winemaker, Chuck Reininger, of Reininger Winery in Walla Walla WA has been producing premium wines from the fruit of local Walla Walla vineyards for over a decade now. Along with his primary label of Reininger, Chuck also launched another label called Helix – this wine always features grapes sourced from the Columbia Valley which opens up a new direction for him and the style of wines he wants to produce. For those who may now know, Columbia Valley has been growing wine-grapes for a much longer time than Walla Walla and still has arguably the best fruit in the state.
In this review, we look at their Sangiovese and Pomatia:
2005 Sangiovese: W.E.P. Rating: 90%
Vineyards: Stillwater Creek Vineyard
- Blend: 100% Sangiovese
- Total acidity g/100ml
- Cases Produced 327
- Price: $30
Nose: Some good bluebeery components at play along with bubble-gum, rhubarb and some veggie action.
Taste: Peppered bacon with some eucalyptus and tart rhubarb on the front-to-mid palate. Good spice, pencil lead, pepper and a striking finish of dark fruit on the end – good finish and acidity which makes this wine an easy pick for many types of food.
2005 Pomatia: W.E.P. Rating: 120%
- Vineyards: Ash Hollow, Bacchus, Minnick, Pepper Bridge, Phinny Hill, Pleasant, Seven Hills, Stillwater Creek
- Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah
- Cooperage: 52% French, 42% American, 8% Russian Oak, 9% New Oak
- Bottled: August 2007
- pH 3.9
- Total acidity: .593 g/100ml
- Production: 3265 Cases
- Price: $21
Nose: Elmers glue, blackberry, blueberry and some road-kill funk – some nice black pepper, and smoked paprika.
Taste: Huge black fruit on the front palate – an onslaught of blackberries, black plum and black cherries for days. I get some stellar hints of dark chocolate, pepper, leather mit and some char. Its finish lasts a long time – the tannin struture on this wine is stellar for its price point and the overall finesse it has proves to be one of the more memorable wines I’ve had at this price. Nice lingering finish of fresh black fruits, pencil lead, ink and leather.
Winery Website: www.reiningerwinery.com