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Ryan Patrick 2009 Naked Chardonnay

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Once again, my wife brought home a wine I would not have selected. A wine I’m going to buy again and again. The Ryan Patrick 2009 Naked Chardonnay was fermented in stainless tanks, not touched by oak and no malolactic fermentation. The first thing I noticed was the color, a pale yellow with a hint of green. Ah, this is a crisp, crisp wine, with a butter-lemon and honey finish. This wine has qualities reminiscent of a dry Sauvignon Blanc, a really good Sauvignon Blanc. I totally enjoyed this wine, tart, crisp, thoroughly refreshing.

Amazing value at $6.99 at the local Costco. Go buy some.

Winemaker for Ryan Patrick is Craig Mitrakul, who joined Ryan Patrick Vineyards as Head Winemaker in 2004. Craig also instructs winemaking classes at the Wenatchee Valley Community College. I’d sign up for those classes if I lived closer.

Ryan Patrick Vineyards has two Estate Vineyards providing the majority of the grapes for their wines. The 20 acre Bishops Vineyard is situated west of Quincy, Washington on the Babcock Bench. Established in 1998 on the Flanagan Family Estate near Quincy, Washington, Homestead Vineyard consists of over 25 acres of Chardonnay vines. With vineyards in North Central Washington on lands near the banks of the Columbia River. They are in the region which is soon to be listed as the Ancient Lakes AVA; when granted, it will be Washington’s newest viticulture area.

They have two tasting rooms:

Leavenworth Tasting Room – open daily
636 Front Street, Leavenworth, Washington
Ph 509.888.2236

Cashmere Tasting Room and Winery
open Friday-Sunday 12-5pm
Aplets Way, Cashmere, Washington
Ph 509.888.2236

http://www.ryanpatrickvineyards.com/

Cheers!

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