2021 WATER WITCH
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. The aromatics showcase dark fruits and dark berries reminiscent of blackberry and currant along with hints of dusty cigar box. On the palate, cassis and boysenberry emerge with captivating spice box flavors and age-worthy acidity. This is a complex and well-structured wine that will evolve gracefully over the next decade.
81% new French oak 19% used French oak 21 months in barrel
In 2012 we partnered with Quintessence Vineyards to plant a 13.6-acre block on the south slope of Red Mountain. We worked together with the Quintessence team to transform the site into a world-class vineyard, sparing no expense in the design and development. Through meticulous site, varietal, and clone selection, as well as targeted vine density and orientation, we have been able to create a singular wine unique to the Mark Ryan lineup and Red Mountain AVA. We focus on highlighting the fantastic character and quality that make this block unique. By utilizing cooler fermentation temperatures and slightly longer skin contact time we can coax the inherent depth and power from the fruit while maintaining more delicate and nuanced aromas and flavors. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was lightly pressed to barrel where it aged for 21 months in 81% new French oak.