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2018 Mark Ryan Winery Long Haul

ITEM 8102539 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
trevoreh… 1 $30 $30
jsea 2 of 3 $30 $60
3 $30
Item Sold Amount Date
I8102539 3 $30 Jan 30, 2022
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RATINGS

93Wine Enthusiast

...aromas are expressive in notes of coffee, raspberry, plum, graphite and dried herbs. Rich, layered, decadent flavors follow. It's a hedonistic delight, but has no shortage of balance to the mocha and cherry flavors.

92James Suckling

Black fruit, coffee beans, peppercorns and smoke on the nose. It’s full-bodied with creamy, chewy tannins. Layered and concentrated on the palate with a creamy texture. Balanced, flavorful finish.

92Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of black cherries, coffee bean, cedary herbs, and earthy hints emerge...ripe, fleshy, herbal Merlot with quality tannins and outstanding length on the palate.

91Stephen Tanzer

Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, espresso, licorice and violet. Pliant, ripe and rich on the palate, with supple Merlot-driven black cherry, dark berries and dark chocolate dominating. Nicely balanced, pliable wine...ripe, even tannins; and good chocolatey length...sexy touch of oak adds interest.

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, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain

Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.