Reynolds Family Winery
Napa Valley AVA
A world-class winery crafting top-rated wines
Steve Reynolds feels he was destined to be in the wine industry 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. His father, who was almost fanatical about wine, was also an avid wine collector and often took the whole family on trips through Europe. It was here that Reynolds' own passion for wine really began to unfold.
After returning to the United States, Reynolds pursued a career in dentistry and eventually wound up in the Lodi-Stockton area where he held a successful dental practice and met his future wife, Suzie. The couple had friends in Napa Valley (one of which was Oscar Renteria, now an incredibly well known viticulturist and winemaker) and would often spend weekends and holidays visiting the beautiful wine country and tasting extraordinary wines. On one fateful day, during a return trip home from Napa Valley, they decided to sell the Central Valley dental practice and officially move to wine county, where they truly loved to be.
"We decided we loved Napa and I wanted to be one of those gentleman farmers making homemade wine on the side of our garage," Reynolds explained. "I started a new practice and Suzie continued to work in her family's insurance business."
The Reynolds' jump into the wine business began in earnest in 1995 when an old chicken farm on the Silverado Trail, just south of the prestigious Stags Leap District, became available. With the help of the couples' old friend Oscar Renteria, Steve Reynolds bought the property and planted vineyards to the fertile land. The first wines were made in 1999 and were incredibly well-received by friends and acquaintances, so Reynolds decided it was time to make a business of it. Reynolds Family Winery's first release of around 2,000 cases came at the start of the new millennium and today that number has grown to a comfortable level of 7,500 cases.
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 and dozens of accolades, medals, and achievements for their wines. Steve is also now one of the most sought after winemakers in the Napa Valley. He often uses complex and time consuming winemaking methods, but the results speak for themselves. Reynolds Family Winery is a true labor of love and we are happy to feature one of Steve's celebrated releases.
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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
2012 has a level of excellence that supersedes past vintages, going back decades! It was known as one of the most collectible years here in the Napa Valley. 2012 was a unique year as it was the beginning of our five-year drought. The wines were overwhelmed with beautiful fruit notes and velvety tannins. We were elated by the quality and quantity of the harvest that year.
This Merlot comes from one of the best kept secrets in the Napa Valley. Who knew that in an AVA known for growing world-class Cabernet, you could find such a small hidden gem like the Annapurna Vineyard. With over a decade working with this vineyard, we have produced a wine of bold strength, hedonistic decadence and precise balance that is hard to find!
Cheers and Enjoy!
Steve Reynolds - Winemaker
Steve Reynolds’ interest in wine started when he was living in Germany as a young teenager. Wine was always a part of his daily life and his father often took the whole family on wine tasting trips throughout Europe. At the time, he’d curse his father as he spent his day throwing rocks into a pond while his father tasted. Now, of course, Steve is grateful to his father for sharing his passion and infecting him with the same enthusiasm. Steve is pleased to be sharing his wine with the Pinot Noir Wine Club members.
After leaving the field of dentistry, Steve Reynolds found his true calling in life, making wine, running a world-class winery, and having a great time doing it. The winery is run by his tight knit family and was built in a Tuscan style to honor his father’s favorite wine growing region.
Steve Reynolds is mostly a self-taught winemaker, which is incredible that he has become one of the top winemakers in all of Napa Valley.
About the Vineyard
Reynolds Family Winery works in partnership with the owners of Corotto Vineyards in Los Carneros to produce the Reynolds Los Carneros Pinot Noir. The Corotto family has lived in Napa for nearly 50 years and the vineyard that is now known as Corotto Vineyards became a part of the family in 1999 when it was purchased by Jeff and Claire (Corotto) Mallet. The vineyard is planted to thirty acres of premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines and produces fruit for some of Napa’s most well known wineries.
Wine grapes from Los Carneros are among the most distinct and unique in wine country. In addition to being cooler, the Carneros region is much drier that other appellations in Sonoma and Napa Valley and the soil and climate conditions dictate that grapes grown here will struggle to produce fruit. The terroir combined with a long growing season results in low yields of highly concentrated fruit. While Carneros’ natural temperament tests the best winegrape grower’s skills, they are often rewarded with grapes that are highly sought after by world-class wineries. Carneros has become known as a hot spot for premium, distinctive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Dear Platinum 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.