Washington, wine

Mark Ryan Winery: Black and White Photo Love

1928 Indian Scout

While Mark and I sure had fun eating pizza, drinking beer, and talking wine at Big Mario’s, there was a lack of tasting wine. So on a recent trip out to Woodinville I was determined to rectify that situation.

First, a little bad news:

Last Vintage

Noooooooooo! I knew this was coming, but seeing that 2009 will be the last vintage of Chardonnay was a serious bummer; it was probably my favorite from Washington. I loved how the oak provided richness and structure, without turning the wine into a liquid 2×4.

Tasting at Mark Ryan

Rolled through an impressive lineup post-Chardonnay trauma. I have a similar, though not as fan-boy, fondness for the Viognier for the relatively light-handed style of production. (Brief rant: too much domestic Viognier just tastes like oaked-up, super-heavy, oily Chardonnay. And nothing stateside comes close to Condrieu, the supreme ruler of aromatically sumptuous Viognier.) My favorite reds were the accesible-now 2008 Dissident (a Columbia Valley Cab/Syrah/Merlot blend) and the 2007 Water Witch (a Klipsun Vineyard Cab/Merlot blend).

Dead Horse Club

I was then unfairly teased by these wooden six-packs containing wines only for the lucky few members of the Dead Horse Club. (Sounds like a biker gang name or something.) Contact the winery if you want to get on the waiting list.

1928 Indian Scout

And here’s a ubiquitous shot of me posing in front of this ultra-cool 1928 Indian Scout. Don’t worry Mark, I didn’t touch it. Nor did I spill any wine on it. (None that didn’t wipe up pretty easily.)

Special thanks to Joan for being a lovely and gracious host at the tasting room.

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2 thoughts on “Mark Ryan Winery: Black and White Photo Love

  1. Kari says:

    Did you find out any info on why Mark Ryan chose to discontinue their Chardonnay? I’m curious…perhaps they want to focus on their reds?

    If you haven’t tried Sparkman’s Chardonnay, I would suggest it. Their Lumiere Chardonnay is consistently good without being an oak bomb.

    • Kari,

      Yes, it’s all about the focus. They are still going to do the Viognier. But I have some insider info that they are going to be out there scouring vineyards to find the best Chardonnay out there and we may see a reappearance in the future. I’ll keep you posted.

      Thanks for the tip on Sparkman; I’ll be visiting the next time I’m in Woodinville.

      Jameson

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