Tag Archive: Mark Ryan Winery

2008 Mark Ryan Winery Wild Eye Syrah Red Mountain

The 2008 Wild Eye Syrah had inky black purple color, and was very intiguing and complex upon first sniff. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plum, black cherry, black pepper,white pepper, meat, leather, loaded with spice, with medium+ oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, silky tannin, very layered delicious black fruit, beautiful balance, complex wine with moderate length to the finish. Solid wine that wine age quite well. I still have some 04’s I’m enjoying.    

2008 Mark Ryan Winery “Crazy Mary” Mourvedre Red Mountain

Ruby garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, beautiful ripe red fruit, raspberry, black raspberry, cherry, dried herbs, spice, some oak, and,no earth to speak to. On the palate it was dry, very luxurious creamy texture, medium acidity, layered with pretty vanilla and milk shake component, on a nice finish. Not competitively priced but delicious.    

2004 Mark Ryan Winery Wild Eye Syrah Red Mountain

markryan_wildeye I bought a case of this a few years back and was kind of turned off by it’s high alcohol and lack of balance. So I waited and it paid off. I opened a bottle two nights ago and consumed most of it. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, fig paste, plum, mulberry, spice, black pepper, nicely integrated oak, and not earthy in any way. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium+ alcohol, medium- tannin, medium acidity, with a velvetiness to the finish. I really liked the fruit and the finish, delicious flavors without the heat it had for a while.    

2007 Mark Ryan Winery Chardonnay Conner Lee-Stillwater Creek Vineyards

No good bottle shots of this wine thats been getting better and better every vintage. On the nose, youthful aroma, of medium intensity, creamy apple, some pear, butter, bready quality, some oak to it, and not earthy. On the palate, dry, med intensity, great acidity that washes the apple butter component of the palate. Nice finish. This wine is emerging as one of the best in the state, while being more about balance than massive oak.    

2003 Mark Ryan Winery Dead Horse

There was an amazing tasting last week that featured this vertical of the Dead Horse, which is becoming one of the few Washington cult wines that demand far exceeds supply. The 03 was the best of the bunch by a lot. On the nose, bouquet, medium intensity, some funk, plum, cherry, violet, orange peel, spicebox, nicely integrated oak, some dusty earth quality to it. Very intriguing nose. On the palate, dry, big time structure, med+ tannin, medium acidity, medium body and alcohol, very nice, long finish. I wish I had some of this in the cellar, because it will continue to give for another 5 years minimum.    

2006 Mark Ryan Dead Horse Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

The 06 blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, and 7% Petite Verdot, with 85% new French Oak. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, blackberry, cassis, creamy raspberry, leafy vegetal component, serious spice, some oak, and not earthy. On the palate, dry, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, integrated alcohol, and nice balance and length. This will start hitting it’s stride in three to four years.