VOLUME 9, ISSUE 50
November 21, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Bouchaine Vineyards: A Winery Steeped in Carneros History On the Pinot Trail: Tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir Heart & Hands Wine Company Sips of Recently Tasted California Chardonnays Pinot Briefs Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
Jim and Jackie Reuling own a 14.4-acre Pinot Noir vineyard in Forestville in the Sonoma Coast appellation. The vineyard was planted in 2003 in conjunction with Peter Michael Winery using three selections: Calera and two different "suitcase" selections from the Vosne Romanee region of Burgundy. The grapes were the source of Peter Michael La Caprice Pinot Noir in 2007 and 2008, but beginning in 2009, Le Caprice was sourced from Peter Michael's Seaview Estate Vineyard which came into production. An adjacent parcel of Chardonnay planted to a selection from Montrachet Vineyard in Burgundy has been the source of one of Aubert's outstanding bottlings.
The winemaker and vineyard manager is Matt Taylor who formerly worked at Araujo and is a proponent of biodynamic farming.
The first Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir was released in the 2011 vintage along with a Rosé. A Reuling Chardonnay is planned for 2014.
Articles About Reuling Vineyard
2012 Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
14.0% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.56, 350 cases, $70. From 2.2 acres of Chardonnay planted to a clone from the Montrachet vineyard in Burgundy that has been dubbed “The Reuling Clone.” Whole cluster pressed to barrel, native yeast fermentation, and aging 10 months in 50% new and 50% used French oak barrels. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. A classical, French white Burgundy styled wine with aromas of lemon, lime, green apple, petrichor and toast. Discreet fruit flavors of lemon curd and white-fleshed fruits with complimentary smoky oak in the background. The wine has sound mineral-inflected acidity and proper balance to age. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., H 3.79, TA 0.54, 1,000 cases, $70. Reuling clone ‘L’ 50% whole cluster, Calera and Rueling Clone ‘R’ 100% de-stemmed. 3 clones fermented separately. Native yeasts, 5-day cold soak, 16 day fermentation. Aged in 45% new and 55% used French oak. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Aromas of oak-kissed black cherry, blackberry and Asian 5-spice. Mid to full-bodied flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cassis and spice. A big wine with a generous backbone of tannin, yet still juicy and enticing with an intense fruit-driven finish. A serious wine with long term expectations. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Reuling Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.54, <500 cases, $70. 25% whole cluster. Aged 10 months in 40% new Remond French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of fresh black cherries, spice and refined oak. Delicious mid weight essence of dark stone fruits with a hint of cola, clove and black raspberry. Gentle tannins and a velvety texture make for easy drink ability. The appealing soft mouth feel is a trade off for lower acidity. Reminds me of a Volnay. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
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