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2009 AuburnJames Napa Valley Meritage - Artist Series

2009 AuburnJames Napa Valley Meritage - Artist Series

All five of the traditional Bordeaux varietals from an outstanding Napa Valley vintage have been blended beautifully by Jim Frost to become an experience for your senses - Our 2009 Napa Valley Artist Series Meritage!  On the label, renowned artist, Rick Reinert brings to life the ambiance of the quintessential Holy City, Charleston, SC.  Rick's expressionistic interpretation, After the Rain on Fulton Lane, captures the soft glow of gas lamps and draws us toward special times.  Just breathe in the warm Southern summer air and imagine a stroll toward exquisite dining paired with fine wine and lively conversation with dear friends.  Cheers! 

Only 253 Cases Produced in 2009!

Welcome to the Meritage of Wine & Art at AuburnJames!

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From The Napa Valley to Charleston, South Carolina... 

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our latest Artist Series Collaboration! 

Our 2009 Artist Series wine, created by winemaker Jim Frost, showcases an outstanding 2009 Napa Valley vintage inside the bottle as well as the magnificent artwork of Charleston Impressionist, Rick Reinert on the label. 

The soft glow of gas lamps and the rays of a setting sun stream through the mist in the work, “After the Rain on Fulton Lane,” capturing the tranquil vibe of Historic Charleston, South Carolina on a lazy summer evening.   

The 2009 Napa Valley Artist Series Meritage, our signature Bordeaux blend, delivers both visually and on the palate as a bold and beautiful representation of great Napa fruit from both hillside and valley floor vineyards.

Swirl your glass, watching the intense garnet color cling to the crystal.  Bold aromas of baked cherry, coffee, herbs and roses in full bloom reach your nose as you breathe in the moist summer air.  This full bodied and complex Napa Valley blend of five traditional Bordeaux varietals layers blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, and dark chocolate with a hint of black licorice on the palate. 

Open a bottle and begin to imagine the soft glow of gas lamps as a warm Southern summer rain evaporates from the stone path on Fulton Lane in Historic Charleston.  

Please enjoy our artistic collaboration now or cellar for years of future enjoyment.

On the label

After the Rain on Fulton Lane captures the the vibe of Charleston, South Carolina in the summertime.  Fulton Lane crosses at 202 King Street and runs beside the quaint Fulton Lane Inn. Too narrow for cars to pass but just perfect for a hand in hand stroll heading out to the galleries on King, fine dining at Fulton Five, or a conversation over a glass of wine with dear friends.  Late afternoon summer showers regularly have a cleansing effect, then dissipate giving way to afternoon sun and gloriously warm Charleston summer evenings.  This is the moment that the last rays of sunshine begin to filter between the buildings as they reach a balance with the flickering light of the gas lamps. Rick Reinert masterfully captures this moment in time as both light sources reflect and shimmer on the wet stone walkway that is Fulton Lane.

This beautiful work is oil on canvas, 48" x 36" and can be seen Tuesday through Sunday hanging in the gallery at the AuburnJames Tasting Room in Danville, CA..

About the Artist

Rick Reinert’s formal art training took place at Western Kentucky University in the 1970’s and gave way to independent study resulting in one-man shows in Germany and Canada in the 1980’s featuring large, expressionistic works.  Renewing his commitment to painting a number of years ago to showcase his passion for expressing light and shadow in nature and surroundings, he strives for purity in color and brushstroke.

Reinert has developed a unique and distinctive style through constant independent study and trial, predominately painting “plein air.”  His “Ships of the Heartland” was a top 100 winner in the 2008 Paint America competition and he was chosen as a featured artist in the Gadsden Museum of Art Southeastern Plein Air Festival at Gadsden, Alabama.
His work was selected for the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, held in Missoula, Montana and he is an associate member of that organization as well as a member of the American Impressionist Society.

In November, 2013, Reinert was featured for the 7th time in American Art Collector magazine and he was the subject of a cover story in Sunshine Artist in February, 2009.  His art has won best of show, people’s choice and numerous first place awards.   His work hangs in museums as well as private and corporate collections in most U.S. States, Europe, Canada, South America and Asia.

Reinert shares a gallery with Kevin G. LePrince at 179 King Street in Charleston and is proud to have been named “Artist in Residence” at the Woodlands Inn located in Summerville, South Carolina.

Artist's Statement

“Nature and sunlight have provided me with the ultimate reference library. I believe that it is possible to study painting for a lifetime and never have to venture more that one square mile for constant challenges and a wealth of subject matter. Every day offers unique and exciting opportunities for the artist who follows the light.”       Artist - Rick Reinert


Wine Specs

Vintage 2009
Varietal Bordeaux Style Red Blends
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging Aged in New and 2nd fill French Oak for 25 months.
Alcohol % 14.9

Wine Profile

Production Only 253 cases were produced in 2009!

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