Mark Ryan is becoming a Columbia Valley Cult winery. If ratings have anything to say
Mark Ryan “Lonely Heart” Cabernet Sauvignon
about it, this is an outstanding wine. And they do, in my opinion, since tasting it has confirmed that it is a wine that packs a punch with velvet gloves. I am waiting to see what it will offer, after a few years, beyond its glorious youthful depth and finesse.
Dark and opaque, it reminds one of ink, but tastes like glorious Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry and blackcurrant fruit dominate the fruit characteristics and vanilla, with a touch of smoke, coffee, and clove rise above its mysterious depth. Its a big wine, but the tannins are very fine and, even though it has been fully extracted, present no bitterness on its very long finish. No need to talk of balance and structure, this is a very well made wine and offers us all we could expect from its rich Red Mountain fruit. It is not Napa, nor does it remind you of the New World fruit bombs. Rather, it rests between the Old and New World, as many Washington State wines have shown us.
My suggestion is: watch this winery and why not join its club and savor its development. Nothing but good things to come from this kind of winemaking when blessed with powerful fruit.
Emotional rating: It will increase as the wine ages!
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