Mark Ryan Winery
Dead Horse & Long Haul 2015
If ever there was a guy you wanted on your team, in your corner, sitting shotgun as your road trip warrior it would be this man--Mark McNeilly, ladies and gentlemen!
Mark Ryan McNeilly founded Mark Ryan Winery in 1999 with the goal of making the best wines in Washington State. Largely self-taught, Mark honed the craft of winemaking through rigorous study and the welcomed advice of some of the area's most experienced producers.
In the early years the winery was transient. The first vintages of Long Haul and Dead Horse were produced crushed and pressed in garages of friends and family, barrels aged in warehouses in the Seattle Area, and finally settled in Woodinville, WA in 2003.
Over a decade later, Mark Ryan Winery has grown in size, earned acclaim from wine-lovers and critics alike, and garnered respect from the state's elite producers. The goal, however, remains the same. Make delicious wines that represent the vineyard from which they come, making every vintage better than the last…
2015 Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon $57.99
"One of the larger cuvees produced by this team is the 2015 Dead Horse, and there's 2,275 cases produced in 2015. Made from primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot) that's brought up in 84% new French oak, it's classic Red Mountain all the way with its ripe red and black currant fruits, dusty earth, minerality, graphite and savory aromas and flavors. Big, rich, unctuous and textured, it has plenty of tannin and is going to benefit from short term cellaring." Jeb Dunnuck
(92-94) Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Long Haul Red Blend $54.99
"Offering lots of violet, spiced plum, cassis and incense aromas and flavors, the 2015 Long Haul (84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot) is medium-bodied, fresh and focused on the palate, with a slightly tight, linear profile on the finish. Give it a year or two after release." Jeb Dunnuck
(89-91) Points, Wine Advocate