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2015 Mark Ryan Winery Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Obtained by inheritance; Consignor is second owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

20Jancis Robinson

Aromas of cassis, blueberry, minerals and fruitcake are lifted by a violet topnote. Highly concentrated Cabernet with a plush texture and terrific depth to its dark berry, dark chocolate spice and licorice flavors; remains just this side of overripe. Finishes with big, fully supported tannins and slow-mounting length.

95Jeb Dunnuck

Sweet crème de cassis, black raspberry jam, crushed violets, and graphite characteristics flow to a full-bodied, voluptuous, sexy red that has awesome purity of fruit, fine, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It's gorgeous stuff.

92Wine Spectator

...blackberry, black olive and spice flavors that add richness and polish to a finish that's dense with refined tannins.

91Wine Enthusiast

...notes of luxurious barrel spice, black-cherry meats, high-cacao chocolate, blackberry, high-toned herb, crème de cassis, dried earth, coffee and graphite...palate is loaded with sweet cherry flavors...

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, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.