This is tight as a drum on first taste, as Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon can often be. Sourced entirely from Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval vineyards, and made in limited quantities, it could be considered Mark Ryan's reserve, though it is not labeled as such. It is built for the long term, and will require decanting if you are drinking it early. There is a core of tightly-wound cherry fruit, a strong mineral base, excellent focus and impressive length.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.