Mark Ryan Flagships: Dead Horse & Long Haul

If Mark Ryan's 2016 flagship releases -- Dead Horse and Long Haul, plus the mind-blowing Little Sister Merlot -- are any indication, we are all going to go bonkers for Washington's 2016s. Fantastic fruit up front, tons of stuffing and structure so basically, everything we know and love about Mark Ryan wines. No reviews yet for the 2016s but you'd have to be out to lunch not to give these high marks (hear that, ye old wine critics?!).

And in case you missed the fabulous Cabernet from this weekend's offer, we've made it easy for you by including it below. Happy shopping for these rockstar reds!  

Mark Ryan Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
$53.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($59.95 regular) 
Ever since the beginning -- that's my beginning tasting and selling Washington wine more than 15 years ago -- Dead Horse has been its own thing. A rockstar. The kind of wine for which you'd fight over the last glass of. It still is. The Mark Ryan wines have taken on a new level of polish while keeping their muscular, brash, let's-party nature. We had the '16 DH open since Thursday (that's 4+ days) and it is still smoking good! The black fruits are welcoming yet firmly stacked, with gobs of early enjoyable exuberance that conceal the foundation that'll reward an easy 8-10 (or more) years of aging. I'd decant if you're drinking now and throw together the perfect accompaniment: a hanger steak and some grilled spuds. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. - Marcus

Mark Ryan Long Haul Merlot 2016
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
It's easy to forget how gorgeous Long Haul can be -- Merlot simply don't get the love the way Cabernet does. I'm here to remind you! Bright and aromatic, silky and deep, a beautiful marriage of red and black fruits mingling with violet and sweet incense notes. Already shining due to its freshness but as the name implies, plan to stash a few of these for the L__g H__l. 80% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet franc, 3% Petit Verdot. - Marcus 

Mark Ryan Little Sister Merlot 2016
$67.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($74.95 regular) 
Mark and Mike are crushing it with Merlot, delivering an early entry into the Merlot-of-the-vintage battle in Washington. Picture this: beautiful heady red fruits, from all kinds of cherries to plums to darker berries, dipped in chocolate, with a puff of pipe tobacco in the next room and a dusting of graphite. The complexity and regal nature of old vine Red Willow Merlot meeting Horse Heaven's  exuberantly rich Phinny Hill Merlot makes for a dynamic and dynamite bottle of juice. - Marcus
And in case you missed this stunner from the weekend...

Gilbert Cellars Horse Heaven Hills Reserve No. 2 2013
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
94 points Wine Advocate: "A terrific wine that just screams Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Reserve No. 2 gives up tons of cassis, black currants, tobacco leaf and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, ripe, supple and gorgeously polished, it's a killer wine to drink over the coming decade or more. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc, and it's easily the greatest wine I've tasted from this estate. Bravo!" - Jeb Dunnuck

We loved it when we opened it yesterday afternoon and we love it even more today! It has fabulous Cabernet character with beautiful, generous fruit and a velvety-soft texture up front, then sneaky staying power that let's the finish echo for longer than we initially expected. Everything in Jeb's note above is spot on as far as we're concerned, and we highly recommend it for all Cabernet fans. An October Big Reds Wine Club selection. - Us

We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for your support! 

Marcus and Andy