Mark Ryan The Dissident Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
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Like the Pearl Jam song for which it is named, The Dissident has aged but it still knows how to rock, seriously. What began as a red blend has turned into a Cab: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. It is already fantastic and open with cassis and violets shaded by graphite, with cocoa accents on the finish. Plush and dare we even say, smooth, with the same richness and polish of Dead Horse and Long Haul. An awesome vintage of The Dissident! -Marcus
Some of Washington State’s finest vineyards have provided fruit for the 2021 The Dissident. Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from Quintessence and Henry Earl vineyards form the foundation, with Merlot from Red Willow and Phinny Hill and small amounts of Cab Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot to round out the blend. The Dissident is a wine that we create to complement the Dead Horse and Long Haul, it is built to offer a more approachable wine younger in its development. -the winery
2019 vintage notes
Equal parts gutsy and polished-vintage Mark Ryan-The Dissident stands shoulder-to-shoulder with many wineries' flagship wines, for far fewer dollars. Plush black fruits 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. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. - Marcus
2017 vintage notes
93 points Wine Spectator: "Expressive and supple, featuring a complex, layered core that offers black raspberry, rose petal and licorice flavors, gliding toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028."
2015 vintage notes
92-94 points Wine Advocate: "The 2015 The Dissident checks in as 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. It sees just over 50% new French oak and is made in reasonable quantities, so readers looking to give this estate a try should grab onto a few bottles. It offers a broad, expansive, mouth-filling style that I love as well as classic cassis, Asian spice, toasted bread and graphite aromas and flavors. It's a terrific entry-level cuvee that over-delivers at the price."
As it says, 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. - Marcus