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Mark Ryan Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 (Yakima Valley) - [JD 90-92] [WE 90]
Mark Ryan Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 (Yakima Valley) - [JD 90-92] [WE 90]

Retail Price: $48.00
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Winery: Mark Ryan Winery
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Yakima Valley, Washington
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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About the Winery:
In the spring of 2013, we partnered with Leif Olsen from Olsen vineyard and selected a site that would produce world class chardonnay. With its north slope, diverse soils and over 1200 feet of elevation, the site offers a truly dynamic climate perfect for chardonnay. Three distinct clones were chosen specifically to augment the already incredible characteristics of the site. Clone 548 is a low yielding clone that offers great aromatic intensity (tropical and stone fruits) and palate weight. Clone 76 provides a very elegant aromatic profile (minerality and citrus) with beautiful focused acidity. Clone 809 is a chardonnay musqué clone known for its highly perfumed, muscat like aromatic (floral and sweet) and intense presence in the palate. The 2018 vintage started off hot. Temperatures dropped significantly in September which allowed for more even ripening and the production of supremely balanced wines. Harvested on September 13th, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and settled overnight. After being transferred to barrel the wine was inoculated and fermented at very low temperatures for over 30 days. During its time in barrel, the wine completed malolactic fermentation and was gently stirred to suspend the lees and add greater depth and weight to the palate. The wine was aged in 54% used French oak, 31% new French oak and 15% concrete egg for 10 months.

Ratings & Reviews

90-92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:

"All from a northern slope in Olsen vineyard, the 2018 Chardonnay is still aging in 31% new French oak. It's a perfumed, exotic Chardonnay that has loads of lemon curd, tangerine, and floral aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, supple, and elegant, it has terrific purity and a clean finish." - Jeb Dunnuck (4/11/2019)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"There's a lovely vibrancy to this wine's pear, flower and peach aromas. Ripe, almost viscous-feeling flavors follow. Toast notes linger on the warm finish. It shows the variety's richer, more unctuous side. Sean P. Sullivan" - (4/1/2020)

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