Mark Ryan Winery creates big, friendly, balanced wines that sidle up and introduce themselves with names like Lost Soul, The Dissident Red and Lonely Heart Cabernet. I love a good name and an intense, nuanced wine.
If you’re a regular visitor around here then you know I have mad love for the letter W. And if you’re new to this cyber sty then welcome and warning: I dig the letter “w” and it’s satisfyingly breezy sound. W for wine. W for Washington.
W for Wild Eyed Syrah 2010 from Mark Ryan Winery.
Mark Ryan McNeilly is a self-taught wine maker who produced his first barrels in the garages of his Seattle area family and friends. Four years later, in 2003, McNeilly opened Mark Ryan Winery in Woodinville. Now the winery has tasting rooms in Woodinville and in Walla Walla.
McNeilly is credited with being at the forefront of great Washington State wine. Many reviews of his wines start off by mentioning McNeilly’s friendly demeanor, his generosity with knowledge and his commitment to building the Washington wine community which strikes me as very Washington…wine wise. There is an ease and down to earth vibe about wine here that makes the whole scene totally approachable and fun.
The 2010 Wild Eyed Syrah is blended from two esteemed Washington State Red Mountain vineyards: Ciel du Chavel and Klipsun. This is 100 percent Syrah, barrel aged for 16 months. Cases produced: 286.
The Mark Ryan Wild Eyed Syrah 2010 begins with bouncy ruby fruits, particularly cherry, and transitions to a more mineral moment with quiet pops of white pepper sparking up the background. Brief acidity is followed by a long, dry finish. This Washington State Syrah is luscious, fruity, slightly mineral and easy to love.
Drink wine Washington style…relaxed, easy, friendly…Wild Eyed with pleasure.