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* Mark Ryan Winery, Woodinville

Taste Washington! Recommended Wines.
* 4th runner up my 5th favorite winery at Taste Washington! 2012.

Mark Ryan McNeilly founded Mark Ryan Winery in 1999 with the goal of making the best wines in Washington State. Largely self-taught, Mark honed the craft of winemaking through rigorous study and the welcomed advice of some of the area's most experienced producers. He settled in Woodinville, WA  in 2003. Mike MacMorran, began his career at Mark Ryan Winery in June of 2008 as Assistant Winemaker, and officially ditched the title of ‘assistant’ and became the winery’s head Winemaker one year later in 2009. Mark and Mike work together to craft outstanding wines.

Mark Ryan McNeilly Owner/Winemaker.

Mark Ryan McNeilly pouring at Taste Washington! 2012.

My first experience meeting Mark, was last year at Revelry on Red Mountain. He was pouring his 2007 “Wild Eyed” Red Mountain Syrah – it was tremendous. Tall of stature, friendly, a winemaker who's  earned many accolades, once you taste his wines, you'll understand why they are so highly sought-after.

The Wines:
Mark Ryan Winery, Long Haul and Dead Horse.

* Favorite: 2009 Long Haul – Red blend, Very, good finish, lots of fruit, acidity, Merlot driven. 64% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, ABV 14.8%, production 550 cases, retail price $48.

* Favorite: 2009 Dead Horse, Cabernet Sauvignon- Really like, tannins, big, good fruit, like.60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, ABV 14.7%, production 850 cases, retail price $52.

Mark Ryan Winery, Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon.

2009 Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon– 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, monster, huge tannins, needs steak, very good. ABV 14.5%, production 200 cases, retail price $80. Recommended.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.

Mark Ryan Winery
Tasting Room at the Hollywood Schoolhouse
Open Daily 12 – 5 pm
14810 NE 145th Street, Bldg A-1
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone: 425-398-5433
twitter: @markryanwinery

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