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Reuling Vineyard

Owner(s) Jackie Reuling, Jim Reuling
Web site www.reulingvineyard.com
 
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Reuling Vineyard

Jim and Jackie Reuling own a 14.4-acre Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 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.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.0% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.49, 325 cases, $70. Whole cluster pressed to barrel, native yeast fermentations, barrel fermented. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Delicate aromas of lemon oil, nut oil, brioche, and petrichor. On the palate, the citrus, white peach and honey flavors are vivid, accented with a flattering note of toasty oak. A bright vein of acidity brings a refreshing bent to the overall experience. The wine leaves a lemon butter, saline-imbued finishing sensation that is mouthwatering, and calls for another sip. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.86, TA 0.50, 475 cases, $70. Harvest Brix 22.7º-23.0º. Reuling “L” clone 60% whole cluster, Calera clone 30% whole cluster, and Reuling “R” clone 30% whole cluster. No cold soak. The 3 clones were fermented in separate tanks. 100% native yeasts. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. · Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. A high-class wine that offers appealing aromas of cherries, dried rose petal and spice. Mid weight flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, spice and earth are very polished. The fruit fills the mouth with layers of goodness, and persists through a satisfying oak-kissed black cherry finish. Great harmony in this wine that has the structure and balance to age. Even better the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Reuling Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $70. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Impressive harmony in this mid weight plus wine with gorgeous black cherry and pomegranate fruits backed by fine-grain tannins. Velvety in the mouth, with a really expansive finish that delivers a lasting impression. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

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 »