New Mark Ryan Scores: Dissident and Dead Horse

Our friends at Mark Ryan scored big Wednesday in Wine Spectator Insider, with 93 points for The Dissident and Dead Horse. No need to beat the latter, but you know we love these wines. There are only a few cases left of The Dissident 2016 so grab it quickly!

Mark Ryan The Dissident 2016
$35.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($39.95 regular) 
93 points Wine Spectator Insider 4/24/19: "Expressive and multilayered, with lively rose petal and black cherry aromas and sleekly complex flavors that take on richness toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot."

Equal parts gutsy and polished -- vintage Mark Ryan -- The Dissident stands shoulder-to-shoulder with many wineries' flagship wines, for far fewer dollars. The 2016 is fantastic, with plush black fruits that cascade through the finish. While the name might suggest this wine is made from barrels that don't fit the reserve program, such is definitely not the case: Dissident is sourced from the same vineyards, aged in the same barrels, and given the same love that goes into the flagships Dead Horse and Long Haul. The difference is The Dissident is made to drink young (and it shows!) and the others are made for the cellar. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. - Marcus

Mark Ryan Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
$53.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($59.95 regular) 
93 points Wine Spectator Insider 4/24/19: "Polished and well-knit, featuring a sleek backbone of lively tannins and acidity, layered with bright black cherry, mocha and toasted spice flavors that build richness toward fine-grained tannins."

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. 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. - Marcus

We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!

Marcus and Andy