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2016 Mark Ryan Winery Wild Eyed Syrah

ITEM 8102564 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
$30
Item Sold Amount Date
I8107422 1 $30 Feb 6, 2022
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RATINGS

92Jeb Dunnuck

...creamy vanilla notes as well as tons of red and black raspberry, spice, and peppery notes. With medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins, and a seamless texture...

91The Wine Advocate

...clean core of black fruit with a soft oak tone, subtle minerality and a mild smokiness. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the wine turns almost tart, with more red fruit expressions coming through the mid-palate. It ends with a fresh dark-fruited finish and has good tannic structure.

91Stephen Tanzer

Musky blue and black fruit aromas are lifted by a note of violet. A juicy, fine-grained midweight with a suave texture, a restrained sweetness and a complicating leathery nuance.

90Wine Spectator

Focused and refined, with trim black currant, stony mineral and spice flavors that persist toward broad-shouldered tannins.

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.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.