It's time for Sunday dinner, perhaps my favorite meal of the week and of course that means I need to open a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with the meal I've worked so hard to make! Tonight it's the 2012 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Rock Island Red from the Wahluke Slope of the Columbia Valley AVA. This blend is a nice combination of Merlot (58%), Syrah (36%), Petite Sirah (5%) and Primitivo (1%). I've reviewed the 2010 vintage earlier this year, and you can compare notes here.
The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of rich black fruit, blackberries, plum and black cherry with a bit of oak intermixed. The taste isn't nearly as fruit forward as the nose would suggest, with lovely flavors of dark cherry and cassis that give way to some notes of cocoa and baking spice midpalate. The supple tannins provide the most ideal backbone for the earthy flavors that grace the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it has great structure and is drinking quite well even at this early age. It was also a good value at about $20. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic Pacific Northwest summer meal of cedar planked wild Alaskan sockeye from the Copper River along with some grilled golden beets and heirloom carrots and some pesto linguine. Cheers!