I’ve found a new Cab that you’ve got to try. It’s unique, filled with character, the personal label of Mark Ryan’s winemaker, from the famed Red Willow Vineyard. And I can’t believe it’s only $35.
It’s been a long time since an unknown Washington wine lit me up like this.
Manu Propria Ex Animo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Red Willow Vineyard
$31.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($34.95)
Only 170 cases made.
The aromas are unique, arresting, and complex – a tantalizing combination of rich fruit hovering around spice and earth, leather and cured olive. Like a bubble bursting in your mouth, the intense purple berries pop, then expand into plum and deeper into cassis, finishing with cracked pepper, tobacco, and a hint of sweet dark cherry. Fantastically balanced, you can open and drink it today (especially with a quick decant) and I have no doubt it will reward 4-6 years of aging. Like I said, you’ve got to try this!
Ex Animo is from the Latin meaning “from the heart.” This is winemaker Mike Macmorran’s statement to celebrate and exemplify Red Willow Vineyard. Mike is entrusted with some of Washington’s best grapes – he is winemaker for both Mark Ryan and Force Majeure (formerly Grand Reve).
The 2010 Ex Animo is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Malbec.