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Reynvaan Family Vineyards

Cayuse Christophe Baron's Consulting Project

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A new, top-of-the-list cult winery has arrived - Reynvaan Family Vineyards. Talented young winemaker Matt Reynvaan has crafted some of Washington State's most exciting new Syrahs.


This isn't just your average startup winery. Reynvaan's viticulture and wine consultant is Christophe Baron, owner and winemaker at Cayuse.


at right, Matt Reynvaan


Reynvaan's first wines are two Syrahs made from the first 5 acre block planted at the winery's "In the Rocks" Vineyard. They will stun you with their rich, layered flavors of black fruit, minerals, tobacco, lavender, forest floor, smoke, brine... the flavors unfold endlessly.


Reynvaan Family Vineyards
"In the Rocks" Syrah 2010

$54.95/$54.95 by the case

(mixed cases OK)

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2010 Vintage


Very engaging. The Viognier component lifts the aromas right out of the glass. This is the most forward of the three Syrahs showing dark, vibrant, sweet black raspberry and liquid stone notes towards the finish. - Marcus


In the Rocks brings together the soft characteristics of Viognier with the Syrah to create wonderful aromatics of truffles, leather, braised meats, Kalamata olives and sweet shortbread cookies. - the winery


2007 Vintage


Scents of stone, slate, sea salt, dry field herbs - exotically intriguing. Lots of mineral, herb, fresh tobacco, Nicoise olives, plum and berry note in this dense, mouthcoating wine. - Jean


Fascinating beef teriyaki, smoke, and olive aromas mingle with lavender, spices, and sweet red fruits. Benefits from some time in the glass (or decanting), and then rewards with lush dark fruits and a long, long finish. - Adrienne


"This Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier, which brings out very floral aromatics as well as enhancing the color of the wine. The wine has a great balance of ripe strawberries, white pepper, dried lavender, and violets. In The Rocks pairs well with a variety of foods, but also stands well on its own. This wine will be very approachable in the first few years, but also will benefit from years of aging." - the winery


"The 2007 Reynvaan In The Rocks Syrah carries Cayuse-like aromas of bacon fat, smoke, licorice, iodine and sea spray. Rich, extracted, its berry, plum and currant fruit is matched with significant flavors of earth, forest floor, herb and bark. The tannins are still a little rough and green, but the stuffing and balance are there to age gracefully." - wine advisor Paul Gregutt, paulgregutt.com


Reynvaan Family Vineyards
"The Contender" Syrah 2010

$64.95/$58.45 by the case

(mixed cases OK)

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2010 Vintage


The most powerful of the three Syrahs and the most multi-dimensional, mixing dense black fruit with a lively burst of fresh peach, with background notes of white flowers, stones and salted meat. I love the deep bass note and spice thread that carries the finish. - Marcus


The Contender brings strong scents of clove, seared meats, pencil shavings, red jam and white flowers. The length and minerality on the palate has great depth and shows the distinct terroir of our vineyards. - the winery


2007 Vintage


Lush and expansive. Aromas and flavors of blueberry and garrigue, minerals, dried meat, white pepper, fresh tobacco, and high plains grassland form the core of this dense and concentrated Syrah. Co-fermented with Marsanne prior to barrel. - Jean


"This wine showcases the more masculine traits that Syrah has to offer; smoke, petroleum and meaty characteristics. As the wine evolves, black fruits, violets, and intense minerality slide over the palette and make for a long and concentrated finish. This wine was co-fermented with Marsanne and will age in French oak barrels for eighteen months prior to bottling." - the winery


"The 2007 Reynvaan The Contender Syrah was co-fermented with 4 percent Marsanne, and profits handsomely from that decision. It has more fruit, less smoke and meat than the companion syrah. Plenty of spice, pepper, a hint of granite, and a restrained herbaceousness make it more accessible, and yet quite ageworthy. A very good wine right out of the bottle, it seemed to fade a bit in the glass. Both of the Syrahs, from third leaf fruit, display the winemaking style and character of Christophe Baron, with intense aromas and no shortage of pleasing, earthy funk." - Paul Gregutt, paulgregutt.com



Below, Reynvaan "In the Rocks" Vineyard

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More Washington Cult Syrahs - Betz

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Betz Family Winery
La Cote Rousse Syrah 07
$59.95 or $53.95 by the case

(mixed cases OK)

The showstopper. Richer, fatter, and more accessible aromas and flavors than the La Serenne - a more "typical" profile of Washington Syrah. But there's nothing typical about La Cote Rousse, because it trumps the competition with fantastically rich black cherry, raspberry, and plum plus bacon, licorice and purple flowers. The finish hangs on forever, adding sweet thyme and lavender. - Marcus


Betz Family Winery
La Serenne Syrah 07
$59.95 or $53.95 by the case

(mixed cases OK)


Dark, dense and massive. The 07 La Serenne is as good as ANY Washington Syrah I've tasted. Buckets full of black fruit are shaded with ground coffee, vanilla and smoked meat. La Serenne storms your palate before a sexy, savory-sweet interplay of blackberries, thyme, pepper and minerals lifts the finish. The 07 was still evolving after three days opened. Shockingly good Syrah. - Marcus


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