Mark Ryan’s “The Dissident”

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Columbia Valley, WA, $37.99

“Some of Washington State’s finest vineyards have provided fruit for the 2016 The Dissident. The Dissident is a wine that we create to complement the Dead Horse and Long Haul. People sometimes think The Dissident is made up of wines that don’t make the cut in the final blends of the Dead Horse and Long Haul, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The same vineyards, barrels and attention to detail go into crafting The Dissident as go into every wine in the Mark Ryan program. While the Dead Horse and Long Haul are crafted to be supremely ageable, The Dissident is built to offer a more approachable wine younger in its development. The fruit was hand harvested between September 8th and October 11th 2016. The wine is aged for 18 months in 58% new French oak and was racked three times and gently fined prior to bottling.” Winey Notes.