Mark Ryan’s early wines were burly and tannic – we loved them for their bold, gnarly appeal. With every successive vintage, winemaker Mark McNeely’s wines are a bit more polished while keeping their explosive edge. With all the hype around the 2007 Washington reds, we couldn’t wait to see what Mark had in the cellar.
Marcus’s tasting note for the Mark Ryan Wild Eyed Syrah 07 – $47.95/$43.16 Rich, densely layered sweet blackberries, black cherries, and black raspberries are both wild and refined. When the Wild Eyed isn’t busy catapulting intense fruit, it’s sneaking in with espresso, anise, licorice, bacon, purple flowers and vanilla. Polished and supple, this is pop-and-pour good right now, with balance to last a decade.
Everyone clamored for Mark’s 2006 Wild Eyed after its 94-point rating from Wine Spectator. This is better Syrah from a better vintage.
Marcus’s tasting note for the Mark Ryan Crazy Mary Mourvedre 07 $47.95/$43.16- M what? Mourvedre hails from the south of France and produces wines that are bold and meaty. A tiny amount is grown in Washington and an even tinier amount gets bottled on its own. Mark Ryan never shies away from the unconventional – the Crazy Mary delivers rushed blackberries, smoked meat, minerals and toasty oak. Only 100 cases made.