Best Tasting Notes: Reininger Winery

We recently went to a tasting event at our neighborhood winebar, Vino Bello, where we crossed paths again with Justin from Reininger Winery. Reininger was one of the first wineries that I ever blogged about (back on June 10) — and I think I received the most e-mail about that post because its title was 2004 Helix “Screw Sideways” Merlot. I can’t, and didn’t, take credit for the title — it came directly from the winery’s Web site.

That evening at Vino Bello, I couldn’t help but again notice Reininger’s creative tasting notes. So I decided that instead of using my words to describe the Reininger wines, I’d wax poetic with Reininger’s own words. You can find these and more tasting notes on the Reininger Winery Web site.

2004 Helix Pomatia: “Baby, somebody better call God because he’s missing an angel.  This bomb-shell of a wine will send you reeling with its toasted cedar backbone and hearty cherry marmalade.  With intensely flirtatious flavors of worcestershire and soy sauce, I wouldn’t get caught alone with this voluptous wine.” – Chuck Reininger, Winemaker

2005 Helix Syrah: “Earth, wind and fire. A cup of black tea and dewy forest floor – this wine echoes the essence of nature. Velvet draped plums and rhubarb caress the jaw’s edges, lifting the finish above the terrestrial plain. Beam me up, Scotty.” -The Gang at Reininger


2004 Helix Merlot (This is the wine I wrote about in June): Screw “Sideways.” This is Washington State Merlot. Helloooo! This is one screwed together Merlot; it lives up to its name-Helix. It’s rich and powerful, with a fine slight firmness in tannin structure. This is no spaghetti wine! Spiraling about a core of dried plum, dark cherry and raspberry is a dust devil of sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, java and a dusting of Northwest cedar spice. Unlike Miles, this wine knows where it’s going.”


If I had an award to give out for the most creative tasting notes, Reininger would win! And better yet, their wines are winners too!



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Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”