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Mark Ryan Wines

Mark Ryan Winery

Mark McNeilly - tiny amounts of wine with complexity and depth -- and funny names. Tobacco, mineral, mocha flavors, dark cherries, chocolate: his wines are known for their trademark flavors.

Mark started making wine in a garage in Bellevue, Washington. Today his winery in Wilsonville is a destination for lovers of his big, burly red wines.

Long Haul is a red blend named for the long drive across the Snoqualmie Pass in a rickety Ford truck full of grapes; Dead Horse is another red blend, made entirely from grapes from Ciel du Cheval (Horse heaven) Vineyard.

McNeilly’s goal is to fashion flavorful, even-handed wines expressive of the region where the grapes originate. Classics Dead Horse and Long Haul are almost universally described as variations of “big” and “ripe,” labels which he agrees with wholeheartedly.

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Mark Ryan Dead Horse Red 2011

Exceptional, and one of our favorite Washington red wines, since the very beginning.

Wine Advocate 93-95 points: More ...


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$49.45

$54.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Long Haul Red Wine 2010

Long Haul picks up the burly baton and adds a sophisticated stride, heaping red berries, black cherries and red plums with...


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$46.76

$51.95 Regular

Mark Ryan "The Dissident" Red 2011

I can't think about this wine without singing Pearl Jam's "Dissident." Totally gutsy, this captures the gregarious style...


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$28.75

$31.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Viognier 2012

Previous vintage notes: The 2011 is sourced from two blocks of the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard and two blocks of the Red Willo...


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$30.56

$33.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Chardonnay 08

"We put great care into making sure our Chardonnay is one of the best in the state. The fruit comes from Conner Lee and...


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$48.55

$53.95 Regular

Manu Propria Ex Animo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Here's a new Cab that you've got to try. It's unique, filled with character, the personal label of Mark Ryan's winemak...


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$31.46

$34.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Wild Eyed Syrah 2010

I still remember the first time Mark McNeilly told me about the Wild Eyed Syrah before the first vintage was bottled. Talk...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Lonely Heart is Mark's epic Red Mountain Cabernet. Bold aromas of bramble, saddle leather, hints of cedar, and fresh cut ...


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$67.45

$74.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Lost Soul Syrah 2010

Aromas and flavors include black olive, cured meat, roasted marrowbones, minerals and cracked black pepper mixed with laye...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Mark Ryan Crazy Mary Mourvedre 2010

The latest vintage has notes of red meat, saddle tar, hot stones and crushed black pepper. The luscious palate it filled w...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

More About Mark Ryan Wines

Mark McNeilly’s goal is to fashion flavorful, even-handed wines expressive of the region where the grapes originate. Classics Dead Horse and Long Haul are almost universally described as variations of “big” and “ripe,” labels which he agrees with wholeheartedly.

“I definitely make my wine in a riper style; I keep the fruit on a little bit longer. But even though they may be big and ripe, they’re not out of balance.”

McNeilly began producing white wines in 2005. “White wine is fun,” he laughs. “I know people are kind of surprised at the whites.”

Surprised indeed – by their nuanced subtlety. He’s currently marketing both a Viognier and a Chardonnay. He traces his interest in developing Chardonnay in particular back – once again – to the Burgundy region of France.

“Burgundy is the most special place in the world. I tried to model my Chardonnay after some of those wines.” The Viognier, currently made with grapes from Ciel du Cheval vineyard was developed in two styles, one fermented entirely in steel and the other in oak.

The winemaker is remarkably modest about his winemaking, and seems oblivious to the "buzz" about his wines.

For more about Mark, read
"Mark Ryan McNeilly- Rockin' & Rollin' Rebellious Reds

by Tami Parr

 

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