REININGER Winery, located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, specializes in crafting elegant and finely structured red wines from hand-harvested, ultra premium grapes. From our first release in 1997, REININGER wines have possessed a unique quality derived from the winemaker’s awareness of and passion for the natural elements that make great wines.
“We view our winery and winemaking as a great adventure and you are invited along for the journey. Our hope is that you enjoy exploring our wines as much as we do.”
Chuck & Tracy Reininger
Kelly & Ann Tucker
Jay & Cyndi Tucker
Terry & Ronnie Tucker
by Chuck Hill
Reininger 2007 Carmenere ” This powerful and complex wine makes one wonder why Carmenere was ever allowed to disappear from the vineyards of Bordeaux…”
Wine Press Northwest
Outstanding! Helix by Reininger 2007 Stone Tree SoRho, Columbia Valley, $32. The Wahluke Slope produces some of the Northwest’s top Syrah, which explains why Walla Walla winemaker Chuck Reininger achieved such success with blend of Rhône varieties from Tedd Wildman. Grenache (34%), Mourvèdre (34%) and Cinsault come together for aromas or Red Velvet cake, blueberry, blackberry, red currant, a hint of gaminess and a scrape of orange zest. Flavors show an underlying and attractive jamminess with more blackberry, black currant and black olive. There’s bright cherry in the finish of this medium bodied red.
Excellent. Helix by Reininger 2010 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $19. Beguiling aromas of Christmas fruit cake include pineapple, candy corn, lemon peel and fresh mint. The pineapple and lemon notes come to life on the palate with some nuttiness and dried pear notes. While it is quite tart, there’s balance and no bitterness.
The Wine Advocate
92 points 2007 Reininger Carmenere Walla Walla Valley
“…offers up a hint of herbs, balsamic, cassis, and blueberry (but no green notes whatsoever). Dense, plush and structured on the palate…”
91 points 2010 Reininger Viognier Walla Walla Valley
“Fragrant aromas of honeysuckle, mineral, peach, and apricot set the stage for a vibrant, crisp, dry white with excellent depth and concentration.”
90 points 2010 Reininger Semillon Walla Walla Valley
“Bee’s wax, mineral, melon, and jasmine compose the wine’s enticing bouquet. Crisp, savory, and intense on the palate, this impeccably balanced wine…”