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Reynolds Family Winery - Napa Valley


93 Points - Beverage Tasting Institute

Steve Reynolds feels he was destined to be in the wine business since his youth. The Oklahoma native’s father was in the electrical business and the family moved numerous times during Reynolds’ youth, including a seven year stint in a small town just south of Munich in southern Germany.

“My father was almost fanatical about wine and was an avid wine collector,” Reynolds recently recalled. “Most of our family outings centered around wine and wineries and we never had a meal where there wasn’t a bottle of wine on the table.” Reynolds returned to the United States after high school and attended the University of Washington. He next went to the University of the Pacific where he graduated in dentistry in 1986. He eventually wound up in the Lodi-Stockton area where he practiced dentistry and where he was first introduced to his future wife, Suzie.

“Suzie was at St. Mary’s College in nearby Moraga, and we started dating. She had a best friend at the school that was dating a guy from Napa named Oscar Renteria,” Reynolds added. “We all started hanging out together during the late 1980’s and going to the Napa Valley on weekends and holidays where Renteria’s father was a vineyard manager.” In 1993, the couple became engaged. A fifteen-minute conversation between the pair on a return trip from Napa persuaded Reynolds to sell his Central Valley practice and move to Napa.

“We decided we loved Napa and I wanted to be one of those gentlemen farmers making homemade wine on the side in our garage. I started a new practice and Suzie continued to work in her family’s insurance business.” The Reynolds’ jump into the wine business began for real in 1995 when an old chicken farm on the Silverado Trail, just south of the prestigious Stag’s Leap District, became available. With the help of the couple’s old friend Oscar Renteria, Steve Reynolds bought the property and planted vineyards to the fertile land. By 1999, the first wines were made from a small portion of some very specific vines that had dropped fruit a few months earlier. The finished wines were well-received by friends and acquaintances and Reynolds decided it was time to get into the wine business on a larger scale. The Reynolds Family Winery’s first release of around 2,000 cases came at the start of the new millennium amid a rash of personal problems for Reynolds. With a six month old baby and its needs to deal with, Reynolds lost his inspirational father (and winery investor) and was then forced to give up his dental practice when the running of the new winery operation proved too time consuming.

“I was really up against it,” Reynolds admitted. “It wasn’t the greatest time in my life, but I had no real choices. The winery demanded someone be there on a full time basis. I called on my friends and neighbors, and everyone pitched in and helped out.” Basically self taught as a winemaker, Steve Reynolds took courses at UC Davis for two years to perfect his art. He credits South African winemaker Anthony Bell for seeing him through the hardest time in his winery’s evolution. The rest is practically a chapter from a romantic novel. The first Reynolds Family wines were incredibly well received, as were the succeeding releases. Today, Reynolds Family Winery has grown to a comfortable level of 8,000 cases.

Reynolds has also been active in two other winery ventures, a fun brand called Naughty, as well as an innovative brand called Fourteen (which evolved from its original name, Thirteen) that brings together grapes from Napa’s finest growing districts in one amazing bottle. Through it all, Steve and Suzie Reynolds have truly enjoyed the experience and path that has lead them to where they are today. They have three beautiful children (Cameron, Rebecca, and Sarah), dozens of accolades, medals, and achievements for their wines, and most of all, each other.

Steve is one of the most honest, giving and sought-after winemakers in the Napa Valley and his passion for his craft is shown with each new release. Enjoying the view of his bustling tasting room, drinking the juice of his labors, and knowing he followed his heart to pursue what he loves, makes all of the rough times truly worth it.


  1. Reynolds
    2007 Proprietary Red Blend
    Reynolds
    Persistence
    Napa Valley

    $44.00

    $50.00
    93 - Beverage Testing Insti
    id: 866
    Special
    Platinum

Dear Platinum Series Wine Club members,

Truly a wine maker's year handed down to Napa Valley by the Gods! As a wine maker we dream of vintages like this one and it is just starting to show it's elegance after being housed in such a giant, firm well constructed fortress.

Persistence is that one of a kind wine I have always loved to produce and is made to be a distinct Napa blend. Unlike many traditional Bordeaux Blends from CA, this has a complex fruit back-bone is fantastic alone but really comes to life with food. A unique blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot from nine vineyards in Napa Valley have made this our most popular wine from Reynolds Family Winery. I am proud to call this one of my babies!!

Cheers and Enjoy.

Steve Reynolds

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