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Reaper is the manifestation of our lifelong commitment to great California winemaking. Working with dedicated farmers and artisan winemakers we strive to honor this fascinating region with small lots of wine we love.

Reaper Wines features some of the top winemakers in the U.S.

Andrew Murray came on board as the Central Coast winemaker for Reaper with the 2013 vintage. Andrew and his team handled all aspects of the wine: from vineyards management, to blending, to bottling for the 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet and the 2013 Santa Ynez Red Blend.

We partnered with Ramal Road Vineyard owner, Dale Ricci, to farm a great Carneros vineyard using their famously exacting standards for our 2013 Sonoma Pinot Noir.

The Reaper 2012 Napa Cabernet continues our fruitful collaboration with the great Rebecca Laird and her family in the heart of Rutherford.

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TASTING NOTES

REAPER SONOMA COUNTY PINOT NOIR

The finished wine is opaque at the center, offering classic Ramal black fruit and intense minerality married to forest floor elements like wet earth and mushroom. The toasty vanilla character of the barrel is just prevalent enough to bring real interest to the nose. On the palate this baby wine offers serious structure, great mid-palate depth and a very long, vanilla-infused finish.

PASO ROBLES CABERNET

Everything about this wine is fully extractive and powerful. The nearly opaque, blue-black core stretches almost all the way to the edge of the wine, revealing a modest water band. The tremendous viscosity of the wine shows in the thick sheets of tearing slowing pouring down the sides of the glass. The nose is so powerful that aromas of tobacco, chocolate-cherry and bitter cocoa are evident as the wine pours from the bottle into the glass. Closer inspection reveals additional aromas of kirschwasser, cherry-flavored-tobacco, lead and cedar shavings. Strikingly there is virtually no alcoholic burn evident in the nose. On the palate the wine offers a bright attack featuring silky tannins and great mid-palate depth, along with surprising weight in a wine so young. The wine offers a long tobacco-laced finish, showing vanilla and cedar with a black plum core.

SANTA YNEZ RED BLEND

Blue-black core tending to violet at the edges – virtually no water band along with heavy tearing. The nose is redolent of cherry, blackberry, rich leather, cured black olives, tobacco, black-strap molasses, decomposing forest leaves and a slight alcoholic burn. The powerful wine offers firm, fine-grain tannins giving way to flavors of tobacco, leather, cedar shavings, vanilla and bitter cocoa beautifully off-set by a mildly alcoholic sweetness in the finish. This is a powerfully built, impressive wine that will benefit from 3 – 5 years of careful cellaring.

NAPA VALLEY CABERNET

The 2012 Reaper Cabernet presents a limpid robe tending towards opacity at the center. The wine shows its Rutherford provenance in the nose cedary, lead pencil-nuanced nose. The primary aromas are brambly fruit tending towards kirsch and plum. The attack is heightened by the inclusion of 15% Merlot, an essential component for maintaining acidity in a very ripe vintage. The Reaper Cabernet offers plenty of youthful fruit on the mid-palate. The extraordinary ripeness of the tannins in 2012 give the wine a plump mouthfeel which tends to obscure, for now, some of the serious tannic structure. The long finish finally repays the initial sense of cedar, cigar box and lead pencil elements which were noticeable in the nose. The 2012’s baby fat is helping the wine to show very well today, and it will continue to drink well for another 12-18 months. Starting around mid-2015, however, collectors are advised to allow this wine to sit 5-10 years in a cool, dark cellar.