Reynolds Family Winery: Producing Wine and Tequila on the Silverado TrailJoe Campbell
If you’re looking for the Best Silverado Trail Wineries, look no further. Reynolds Family Winery, located on the Silverado Trail, sits in the shadow of Atlas Peak in the heart of the Napa Valley. The Reynolds family has been growing grapes since 1996 in what started out as a chicken ranch property and has since blossomed into 14 and a half acres of planted Cabernet Sauvignon. For Steve Reynolds, wine has been a part of the dinner table going back to his childhood when he started tasting with his dad in high school. His interest in wine really set in after he met his wife, Suzie, while pursuing a degree in dentistry. They would day trip up to Napa. As time went on and Steve started his dental practice in the Central Valley he had a 15-minute epiphany that would result in him selling his business and moving up to the Napa Valley.
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For the Reynolds family, the winery is more than a business as the family has been fully integrated into the winery in one way or another. Steve’s son Cameron plays a major role in the Reynolds Family Winery as the National Sales Manager providing education and establishing key partnerships with distribution partners. Cameron has seen the hard work, challenges, and persistence needed to run a successful winery. His business mind and work ethic are key drivers that will propel Reynolds Family Winery forward.
Reynolds Family Winery’s first wine was a Cabernet Sauvignon with fruit purchased from the Baldacci ranch in the Stags Leap District, that fact alone makes it one of the best wineries on Silverado Trail. This was during a challenging pivotal point as Steve’s father had just passed, but it proved to be a period of strength as friends, and neighbors helped out to make the first vintage a success. Today, they continue to lease fruit from a neighboring property, which they have been doing for the last 17 plus years. The fruit is utilized in their Reserve Cabernet and included in several of their other wines as well. For their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, they utilize three clones.
“They make up the perfect balance, you feel complex, spice, fruit-driven, and rich mouthfeel. Exactly the style of wine we hang our our hat on”.— Steve Reynolds, Winemaker, Owner
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In addition to their estate property, Reynolds Family Winery also owns Persistence Vineyard which is a 15 acre planted property in which they utilize the fruit to produce their signature Persistence Blend. They also produce a Sauvignon Blanc from that vineyard, which is a round, creamy and nuanced wine.
In 2000, while hosting his first professional wine dinner, Steve had to give a speech and was nervous. He also wanted to ensure he thanked all his vineyard workers, many of who are from Mexico and represent the heart and soul of the business. One of his workers told him to take a shot of tequila prior to giving the speech as that would provide liquid courage. The speech went over well and established a tequila toast tradition. Ultimately, Steve would immerse himself in tequila and learn a lot more about the industry. With four other winemakers in Napa, he started Penta Tequila. Through persistence and patience, the group has been able to grow their brand, but still sees a lot of room to grow and learn.
OVERVIEW of Reynolds Family Winery
- Who – Owners Steve and Suzie Reynolds
- What – Family Winery and Vineyard in the Heart of Napa Valley
- When – Daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 am by appointment
- Where – address 3266 Silverado TrailNapa, CA 94558
- Reservations – Can be made by online here
- If you have any questions, feel free to call (707) 258-2558
For the Reynolds Family Winery, the Napa Valley remains one of the smallest yet powerful growing regions in the world. The diversity of soil and weather in conjunction with cutting-edge technology makes Napa the perfect place to make almost any style of wine you can think of, providing consistent fruit ripeness, which is the key ingredient to a delicious wine.
“We want people to feel like they are seeing Napa the way it used to be when it was not a huge tourist spot. We want them to relax- enjoy the fruits of our labor- and leave with a smile (and maybe a few bottles of wine),” said Steve.
Dark concentrated fruit flavors with a little tobacco while showcasing both a beautiful texture and generous mouthfeel. This wine would pair great with simple cold cuts, toasted bread and a little olive oil.
Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and baked spikes layered with a silky round tannin structure. The wine would pair nicely with a prime rib.
Flavors of apple, lemon, and butterscotch rounded by a perfect balance of fruit and acidity. This wine would go great with grilled chicken, butternut squash, and sliced avocados.