Reynvaan, “The Classic” Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Reynvaan, “The Classic” Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Reynvaan, “The Classic” Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Washington, United States 2019 (750mL)
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Reynvaan, “The Classic” Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Prepare yourself, because the specs on this culty cellar showpiece are mind-boggling. A site adjacent to Washington’s most famous vineyard? Check. Vines planted under the guidance of the state’s most iconoclastic wine figure? Check. Cabernet Sauvignon grown atop rocks like Châteauneuf’s galets roulés? A muscular, mineral styling in the vein of long-lived Bordeaux bottles? A tiny and consistently rave-reviewed production mostly reserved for the estate’s mailing list? Check, check, and check!


In other words, there’s enough geeky and intriguing information here to set even the most jaded sommelier or collector’s heart aflutter. American wines rarely get more terroir-driven, more ageable, more serious than this limited Cabernet. And considering the pedigree and the very long life ahead of “The Classic”—not to mention the exorbitant prices commanded by similarly lauded and lusted-after bottles—I’d argue there’s an incredible value proposition at hand here. Quantities are limited, so act fast if you want to experience one of the most unique and cellar-worthy Cabs America has to offer!


A wine so unique in the American landscape, logically, hails from an utterly extraordinary terroir. Washington’s Walla Walla Valley AVA produces most of the state’s top wines, but in 2015, a tiny southerly section bleeding into Oregon’s border was redefined as “The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater” and quickly referred to as the “most distinctive wine-producing region in America.” The Rocks is minuscule, just 5.9 square miles, and might be the US’s most soil-specific AVA: It’s the only one in the whole country whose boundaries are drawn by a single soil series, an alluvial fan overlain with basalt stones from the nearby Blue Mountains. These stones have been polished over millennia into smooth ovoid shapes; a picture of the dirt in The Rocks AVA looks nearly identical to the famous “rolled stones” of Châteuneuf-du-Pape. And like that special place, here in The Rocks, wines of immense power and gravitas thrum with an undeniable minerality.


The Rocks AVA seems to have a tractor-beam pull on maniacally passionate winemakers. The Reynvaan family first put down roots here in 2004 and has made robust yet elegant wines, mostly from Rhône (and some Bordeaux) varieties. They had an exceptional guide showing them the ropes in their early years: family friend Christophe Baron, whose Cayuse project is easily one of the most acclaimed American wineries of all time, is a Rocks District pioneer. Christophe suggested the Reynvaans plant a vineyard right next to his “En Cerise” plot, a small parcel responsible for Syrah bottlings that collectors snatch up within moments of release. He even went so far as to select the plant material for their vineyard and help them with winemaking their first few vintages. Now, winemaking is handled entirely by Matt Reynvaan, and he consistently produces some of the highest-scoring wines in the state. 


Reynvaan’s “The Classic” comes entirely from their estate-owned “In The Rocks” vineyard. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, this 2019 aged for about 20 months in 40% new oak with the rest in first-, second-, and third-use barrels. This is serious stuff, built for the very long haul. We strongly recommend a two-hour decant if consuming now but it’s best to leave this be until at least 2025. The beginnings of a genuinely legendary wine are present here—cassis, purple plums, black cherry skin, boysenberry, star anise, blood orange peel, black pepper, cedar, and molten rock. The palate is muscular yet lithe, full-bodied and booming with power, while wrapped in a frame of fine-grained tannin. This is a genuine cellar cornerstone of contemporary times, a wine to watch evolve for a decade or more.

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United States

Washington

Columbia Valley

Like many Washington wines, the “Columbia Valley” indication only tells part of the story: Columbia Valley covers a huge swath of Central
Washington, within which are a wide array of smaller AVAs (appellations).

Oregon

Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become an elite winegrowing zone in record time. Pioneering vintner David Lett, of The Eyrie Vineyard, planted the first Pinot Noir in the region in 1965, soon to be followed by a cadre of forward-thinking growers who (correctly) saw their wines as America’s answer to French
Burgundies. Today, the Willamette
Valley is indeed compared favorably to Burgundy, Pinot Noir’s spiritual home. And while Pinot Noir accounts for 64% of Oregon’s vineyard plantings, there are cool-climate whites that must not be missed.

California

Santa Barbara

Among the unique features of Santa Barbara County appellations like Ballard Canyon (a sub-zone of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA), is that it has a cool, Pacific-influenced climate juxtaposed with the intense luminosity of a southerly
latitude (the 34th parallel). Ballard Canyon has a more north-south orientation compared to most Santa Barbara AVAs, with soils of sandy
clay/loam and limestone.

California

Paso Robles

Situated at an elevation of 1,600 feet, it is rooted in soils of sandy loam and falls within the Highlands District of the Paso Robles AVA.

New York

North Fork

Wine growers and producers on Long Island’s North Fork have traditionally compared their terroir to that of Bordeaux and have focused on French varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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