After six months of looking for property, Reynolds finally found a 100-year old chicken ranch. “It had horses, pigs, goats, cattle and some beat up buildings. It took us a year to get this place in order and we planted our first grapevines that first spring. We produced our first vintage in 1999 and haven’t looked back.”
Presently Reynolds Family Winery makes seven boutique wines, including a Chardonnay, two Pinot Noirs (from the Russian River Valley and Los Carneros), a Merlot, the Estate Cabernet, a Reserve Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a red wine blend, “Persistence.”
Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006 ($37.99) is golden and bright with notes of tropical fruit, pear and caramel. This non malolactic Chardonnay is just ripe for spring sipping. Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2006 ($49.99) abounds with ripe raspberry, cherry, vanilla and a hint of pomegranate.
Three of the wines are easily recognizable as Reynolds, by the lovely yellow mustard flower on the label. This flower blooms throughout the Napa Valley from February through April. Reynolds Family Winery Stags Leap Reserve Cabernet features a hand made paper label. The Reynolds family designed the label with flowers picked from the vineyard, pressed on paper, and put on by hand by the Reynolds staff. Stags Leap District Merlot 2005 ($44.99) offers aromas of blueberry, dark cherry and vanilla. The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 ($47.99) is a fruit forward Cab with nice acidity and velvety tannins, offering notes of cherry, mocha, tobacco and spice. And Reynolds Family’s signature wine is an estate select Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Persistence. Persistence Red Wine 2004 (54.99) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Verdot. This lovely and complex wine offers notes of blueberry, plum and raspberry. Reynolds dedicated the wine to his family for their patience, understanding and love. “This journey has not come easily. It has taken persistence.”
Reynold’s Family Winery wines are found at Standard Bistro and Village Wine Market.