Ryan Patrick is known for approachable wines that consistently over-deliver for their respective price points. We have proudly been selling their entry-level wines for years, but you may not have noticed their Reserve line in the stores. Ryan Patrick Reserve wines are made from their best fruit, from their best vineyards, and they see time in new oak to balance out the depth of fruit. I really enjoy carrying these wines and hand-selling them to people; unfortunately they are being discontinued in Massachusetts. The good news for you is, we are closing out the small amount of Reserve wine we have left, at wholesale pricing!
Ryan Patrick Vineyards began in 1999 by Terry and Vivian Flanagan. They named the winery after their sons, Ryan and Patrick. The small family-owned winery was seeing solid growth when in 2004, Patrick Flanagan passed away after a car accident, at the age of 24. He had worked in the wine industry and was being groomed to become the winemaker at Ryan Patrick. Ryan also worked in the vineyards, learning the agricultural side of the business. The family continued to make wine, selling almost all of their wines through its own tasting room, in the Cascade Mountains.
In 2012, Butch and Jerry Milbrandt purchased the winery from the Flanagans. The Milbrandt brothers have a long history making wine in Washington dating back to the 1990's. This winemaking team is led by Joshua Maloney and Jeremy Santo, both of whom worked for Chateau Ste. Michelle before taking over Milbrandt. Today, Santo oversees winemaking for Ryan Patrick. The winery has shown tremendous growth, now that they are being distributed outside of Washington, but the higher tier never really took off.
WINEMAKING NOTES: The grapes were gently pressed and the juice was cold settled. After racking off the solids, the juice was barreled down to new, one year, and two-year-old barrels. Then the juice was inoculated and allowed to ferment slowly for approximately 30 days until dryness. At that point, the juice was inoculated for the second malolactic fermentation. Once completed, the wine was chilled to stabilize the wine. Four-fifths of the blend was then aged in oak barrels for 11 months. One-fifth was racked out of barrels after 5 months.
TASTING NOTES: Bright ripe pear, apple, papaya and mango flavors with subdued notes of toasted oak and vanilla. Refreshing acidity on entry, rich mid-palate and elegant, lingering finish. Barrel fermented and aged 11 months in French oak.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Red Mountain is one of Washington State’s most highly acclaimed and sought after growing regions. The unique terroir garners distinguished soils, warm temperatures, and prime sunlight resulting in wines with balanced fruit, acidity, and tannins. Syrah from this region is ripe and dense with rich color.
*Only 200 cases produced.
89 Points - Wine Advocate Showing a boldly structured, black-fruited core, the 2016 Syrah Reserve Red Heaven opens with aromas of macerated berries and dark chocolate in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate is tight and grippy with a dense mouthfeel and chewy tannins. The long-lingering finish remains on the palate with persistence before ending slightly tart with a mineral edge. Give this one some time in the cellar. Your patience will be rewarded.
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