2017 Chardonnay Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Olsen, Yakima Valley


100% Chardonnay



Release Date

October 5, 2018


420 cases

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Winemaking Notes

"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. Harvested on September 17th 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 46% new French oak, 40% used French oak and 14% stainless steel for 10 months." Mike Macmorran



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Leif Olsen's Yakima Valley AVA vineyard consistently produces some of the highest quality and most sought after grapes in the region. The first vines were planted in 1980, with the most recent planting in 2005. Vines sprawl over 800 acres over a wide variety of slopes, aspects, and elevations. Viognier, Syrah, and Petit Verdot are sourced from Olsen for Mark Ryan Winery wines. Mark and Mike have also collaborated with Leif to plant 7 acres of high density Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre on ancient soils at 1200-1300 feet of elevation which will come to fruition in 2016.

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2008: 92 Points: The 2008 Chardonnay was sourced from two superb sites, the Stillwater Creek and Connor Lee Vineyards. It was aged sur lie with batonnage and went through full malolactic. It displays an alluring perfume of buttered popcorn, mineral, poached pear, hazelnut, and tropical fruits. Satin-textured, savory, and impeccably balanced, this appealing Chardonnay may well evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 4-5. 

2007: 91 PointsThe 2007 Chardonnay was sourced from the same two vineyards as the Viognier (Ciel du Cheval and Conner Lee). It was aged in 30% new French oak. Light gold-colored, it reveals aromas of toast, mineral, poached pear, and apple. Smooth-textured, balanced, and vibrant in a Chassagne-Montrachet style, the flavors are rich and all components are well-integrated. Drink this outstanding Chardonnay over the next 4 years.