2003 Helix by Reininger Pomatia, Columbia Valley, WA - Printable Version

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- wondersofwine - 08-27-2007 04:24 PM

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 16% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Franc
Produced and bottled by Reininger, Walla Walla, WA
14.3% alcohol
53% American oak; 47% French oak
Opaque, dark purple color with a thin crimson rim.
Merlot is very evident in the flavor spectrum despite constituting only about 1/4 of the blend. Damson plum, cassis--ripe fruits bordering on jammy but helping to balance the alcohol. Fine tannins on the finish.
I had this with modest main dishes of stuffed bell peppers and sloppy joes dolled up with French onion soup.
$20.00 per bottle from the winery. Has fared well in San Francisco Chronicle wine competitions and Northwest wine competitions.

- TheEngineer - 08-29-2007 11:43 PM

What a great name of the person. I can just imagine introducing myself as Reininger Pomatia. Love the ring to it....then again, I had a gf once who's last name was 27 letters long.....I could never get it out straight after a few Molson Canadians....

- wondersofwine - 09-05-2007 07:12 PM

I believe the winery person is Charles or Chuck Reininger, the Pomatia is a proprietary name for the blended red wine. Maybe Bucko will correct me if this is wrong.