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2017 Mark Ryan Winery Monkey Wrench

ITEM 8102535 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
$25
Item Sold Amount Date
I8113173 1 $25 Feb 13, 2022
I8107402 1 $25 Feb 6, 2022
I8102536 2 $25 Jan 30, 2022
I8096463 4 $25 Jan 23, 2022
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RATINGS

92Wine Enthusiast

...aromas are brooding out of the gate, with notes of barrel spice, raspberry, coffee, dried herbs and dark chocolate emerging over time. The palate shows a sense of deftness, sophistication and detail, with a lightly creamy feel. The balance is exquisite.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...ripe, medium to full-bodied, straight-up delicious Bordeaux blend with lots of ripe black cherry and currant fruits, notes of chocolaty herbs, and spice, ripe tannins, and a great finish.

91The Wine Advocate

...aromas of juicy plum, dark cherry and cassis waft out of the glass with soft baking spice notions and mocha expression. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is lush and generous on the palate, showing a balanced structure, lifting acidity and tannins that brace the wine's backbone...soft mineral tension and subtle elegance on the delightful finish of cocoa powder-covered plums. Nicely done.

90Stephen Tanzer

Lovely floral/herbal lift to the aromas of blueberry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Quite suave and smooth, conveying a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, cherry and spice flavors...nicely balanced, accessible and fresh...

PRODUCER

Mark Ryan Winery

Mark Ryan Winery is in Woodinville, Washington. It was founded in 1999 by Mark Ryan, a self-taught winemaker who crushed his first vintages in garages of his friends and family. Ryan now employs a winemaker and a consultant and sources his grapes from vineyards in the Red Mountain and Yakima Valley AVAs. The winery makes several Cabernet and Merlot blends, Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier.

REGION

United States, Washington, Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley AVA is larger than some states. At 18,000 square miles, or 11 million acres, the appellation covers almost half of Washington State and a small part of Oregon on the south side of the Columbia River. Established in 1984, Columbia Valley contains numerous sub appellations within its boundaries, including Yakima Valley AVA and Walla Walla AVA, both large and important wine districts. Columbia Valley AVA, generally called the Columbia Basin by Pacific Northwesterners, is in the Columbia River Plateau, and the AVA also includes a section of northeastern Oregon. There are dozens of microclimates within this appellation of about 7,000 vineyard acres. Many kinds of grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley, though the principal grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Eastern Washington experiences very hot summers and cold winters, and the northern latitude means that Washington vineyards receive several more hours of sun in the summer than California vineyards. Grapes in Washington therefore have time to develop significant tannins and overall ripeness.