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Mark Ryan Winery:
Mark Ryan winery was founded in 1999 with the goal of making the best Washington state wines in Washington State. Largely self-taught, Mark honed the craft of Washington  winemaking through rigorous study and the welcomed advice of some of the area's most experienced Washington wine producers.

In the early years Mark Ryan Winery was transient. The first vintages of Mark Ryan Winery Long Haul and Mark Ryan Winery Dead Horse were produced crushed and pressed in garages of friends and family, barrels aged in warehouses in the Seattle Area, and finally settling in Woodinville, WA  in 2003.

Over a decade later, Mark Ryan Winery has grown in size, earned acclaim from wine-lovers and wine critics alike, and garnered respect from the Washington state's wine producers. The goal, however, remains the same. Make delicious washington wines that represent the Mark Ryan Winery vineyard from which they come, making every Washington wine vintage better than the last…
Ciel du Cheval is Owned and operated by Jim Holmes and managed by Ryan Johnson, Ciel du Cheval has helped pave the way for the fine Washington wine grapes on Red Mountain. With 120 acres of Washington wine grape  under vine, Ciel du Cheval is a major contributor to Mark Ryan Winery wines. The very first vintages of Mark Ryan Winery Dead Horse Cabernet and Mark Ryan Winery  Long Haul Cabernet were packed with Washington wine fruit from Ciel du Cheval, a tradition that continues to this day.

Mark Ryan Winery 2011 Dead Horse exemplifies the 2011 washington wine vintage’s remarkable fruit purity and outstanding texture. Mark Ryan Winery Dead Horse Cabernet is Dense aromas of red and black currants mingle with dark floral notes and subtle minerality. Swirling the glass will coax blackberry compote and sweet vanilla. Upon the first taste of the  Mark Ryan Winery 2011 Dead Horse Cabernet, the palate is enveloped with supple, velvety black cherry wrapped in layers of black currant, mineral and spice. Mark Ryan Winery isimpressed with this wine’s focus, weight and finesse. The finish is seamless, carrying soft, ripe tannin and fresh acidity. While the Mark Ryan Winery 2011 Dead Horse is certainly built to age, we believe its youthful vibrancy is a virtue to explore.
Paul Gregutt of The Wine Enthusiast names Mark Ryan Winery one of the new
"Cult Wineries" of Washington State
"The acknowledged godfather of the burgeoning Woodinville wine scene, Mark Ryan McNeilly is a tall, disheveled, gregarious, instantly likeable winemaker, and his wines follow suit. They ride big in the saddle, with jammy fruit, generous oak and relatively high alcohol. With names such as Dead Horse and The Dissident, these are wines with attitude."
- Paul Gregutt, The Wine Enthusiast, July 2011

Mark Ryan Winery