Mark Ryan Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
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Ever since the beginning—that's my beginning tasting and selling Washington wine 19 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 Dead Horse's black and dark red fruits are welcoming—gobs of early enjoyment exuberance layered around and between the structured foundation. -Marcus
Previous vintage notes
Exceptional, and one of our favorite Washington red wines, since the very beginning. The flagship of the Mark Ryan line-up and always my favorite, owing to the Cabernet backbone and Petit Verdot. Deep black fruits laced with red cherries, espresso, graphite, and a touch of spiced vanilla. I highly recommend it. - Marcus
The nose erupts with sweet blackberries cherries, followed by nuances of baking spice. The supple but powerful entry bursts with huge blackberry, cassis, and cherry fruit, showing exceptional purity. Notes of leather, dark flowers, and pepper appear on the finish along with persistent sweet black fruit. There's an elegance rarely found in such a big wine; the oak is perfectly integrated. We all like bold wines now and then, so decant and drink your first bottle now and stash the rest away for the next decade.
The Dead Horse is our favorite Mark Ryan wine several years running. Wine critics seem to agree, and with a Wine Spectator score of 90 points for the 2005, we're sure the 2006 Dead Horse won't be galloping for long!
Whoa Nelly! The biggest of Mark's 2005 wines opens slowly to aromas toasty sweet black and Bing cherries, buttery coffee bean, baking spices, cassis, tar, cocoa powder, and black plum. The flavors are giant, with ripe black cherry, plum, and black currant, toasted espresso bean, and licorice. In time, the fine grained Red Mountain tannins soften to reveal and powerful yet supple Washington blockbuster. Balanced by a lively acidity and big fruit, 2005 Dead Horse will definitely cellar well for years to come--four days after opening, the wine evolved into a lush, magnificent Bordeaux style red.