Another winery/tasting room I had the opportunity to visit in Woodinville was Ryan Patrick Wines. This year they are celebrating their 20th birthday (dang, not even drinking age!). At this one it’s a $15 tasting free for your choice of 4 wines (waived with a $30 purchase). But once again, you go in there, it’s slow, you talk to the great people about their great wine, you get more than 4.
Rock Island Chardonnay, 2015, Columbia Valley, $20
Enjoy this at your next gathering. This Chardonnay is the perfect accompaniment to a cheese and charcuteries board. (First Place Wine Press NW Chardonnay Competition (tied with Milbrandt, 145 entries) 91 Points, San Francisco International Wine Competition)
-Oaked, with crispier bite at end, but wouldn’t consider it a Chard if I hadn’t seen the label.
Reserve Chardonnay, 2016, Wahluke Slope, Weinbau Vineyard, $35
Enjoy this during your next picnic or boating adventure. This refreshing Chardonnay is the perfect summer wine. (New release)
-All I can say is that it was oakier than the first one, it is truly a Chard.
Rose, 2017, (no spec on location), 75% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 9% Grenache, 2% Sangiovese, $15
Enjoy this now! Spring is the official start of Rose season and now is the perfect time to enjoy a glass! (New release)
-As I was told before tasting – ‘the nose is sweeter than it is’ – totally right! There was rose (the flower) on the nose then a light subtle powder taste. Totally a summer time rose to enjoy outside.
Rock Island Red, 2015, (no spec on location), 73% Syrah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot), $20
Enjoy this with friends. Our Rock Island Red Blend is a crowd pleaser and enjoyed on its own or with food. (94 Points, Gold Medal Winner, Savor NW Wine Awards)
-WOW, ‘BFF Wine’ – per the pourer and I agree 110%! Had the ‘good’ maraschino cherry taste in there (just totally can’t remember the name of them. This was amazing. I left with a bottle to enjoy while in town. This is one I have to get more of.
Reserve Syrah, 2015, Red Mountain, Red Heaven Vineyard, $35
Enjoy this at your next BBQ. This Syrah pairs perfect with barbequed meats like pulled pork and ribs. (Gold, Wine Press NW).
-100% Single Vineyard. Would be so perfect with BBQ’d food. Not sure I would spend $35 on a bottle for a BBQ, but still very good.
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Rattlesnake, Elephant Mountain Vineyard, $45
Enjoy this with dessert like chocolate molten lava cake or coffee ice cream with red berries.
-Good medium body, pretty sturdy.
I had such a great time at this place. Talked to the ladies pouring the wine for a while. Learned a lot about that wine region and what they’ve done at the vineyard. As mentioned before, I picked up a bottle of the ‘BFF’ wine, or Rock Island Red. Absolutely amazing stuff. Another one that I hope gets distributed in CO sooner than later so I won’t have to order it and have it shipped.