From its beginnings as a family winery named after its grape-growing family founders’ two sons, to today’s incarnation as a Columbia Valley AVA star with a Leavenworth landmark tasting room, Ryan Patrick will continue to make approachable wines with a serious edge.
Intuitive winemaking is the art of letting the fruit speak for itself. It’s minimalist intervention combined with consistency of style. That’s the heart of the Ryan Patrick promise: artisanal winemaking where the grape is at the center. Many wineries use static recipes for their wines; instead, the winemaking team, headed by Kendall Mix, does daily fermentations with different yeast or temperatures to achieve a specific effect.
Batch-tinkering approaches have resulted in varietals and blends that have justifiably become famous for how they out-perform their price point. Ryan Patrick is known for its Naked Chardonnay, Redhead Red and Rock Island Red labels, and for its Reserve wines.
90 points, Ryan Patrick Columbia Valley Rosé 2018
“This has quite creamy, berry-pastry aromas with spiced-custard nuances and buttery complexity, leading to a palate that offers a smooth and creamy, round feel. Drink now.” Buy Now
88 points, Ryan Patrick Columbia Valley Naked Chardonnay 2018
“A ripe chardonnay with melon and other tropical fruit in abundance. The palate has a rich and fleshy feel with soft, easygoing fruit all the way. Drink now. Screw cap.”
88 points, Ryan Patrick Columbia Valley Rock Island Red 2016
“The ripe, sweet summer berries are laced with overtly sweet vanilla oak spice, leading to a palate that has a plush, fleshy feel and a wealth of ripe tannins.” Buy Now