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Tasting Notes
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. Opens with complex and inviting aromas of dark fruits, violets, crème de cassis, leather, black cherry, dried herbs and baking spice. On the palate, full-bodied and richly textured with dark cherry, ripe plum, and red currant flavors. Fresh acidity and elegant, polished tannins integrate seamlessly from the mid-palate through the incredibly lengthy finish.
Wine Specs
Columbia Valley
79% new French oak, 21% used French oak. 18 months in barrel.
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Wine Enthusiast
PAST ACCOLADES 2021 - 94 points, Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast. Top Cabernet Sauvignon of 2023 - Northwest Wine Report (93 points) 2020 - 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 Wine Enthusiast 2019 - 93 Wine Enthusiast; 2018 - 91 Wine Enthusiast; 2017 - (92-94) Jeb Dunnuck; 2016 - #46 on Wine Spectator Top 100, 93 Wine Spectator
Winemaker Notes
Some of Washington State’s finest vineyards have provided fruit for the 2022 Dissident. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot from Quintessence and Phinny Hill vineyards form the foundation of this blend. The Dissident is a wine that we create to complement the Dead Horse and Long Haul. People often think that the Dissident is made up of wines that don’t make the cut in the final blends of Dead Horse and Long Haul. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The same vineyards, barrels and attention to detail go into the Dissident as go into every wine in the Mark Ryan program. While Dead Horse and Long Haul are crafted to be supremely age-worthy, the Dissident offers a more approachable wine younger in its development. The wine was fermented in 1.5, 2 and 5 ton open top fermenters for 7-10 days. The wine was lightly pressed to barrel where it finished primary & secondary fermentation and was aged for 18 months in 79% new French oak. The wine was racked three times and gently fined prior to bottling.