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‘Naked Chardonnay’ Columbia Valley
United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
Ryan Patrick Vineyards is a pioneer winegrower in what is now Washington State’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. The state’s thirteenth AVA runs along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River and surrounds the town of Quincy, Washington. A combination of unique growing conditions including a cooler climate, a thin soil layer and vineyard elevations of 1,200 – 1,400 feet contribute to the area’s unique character. We also source premium fruit from our family of growers in other AVA’s throughout the Columbia Valley, allowing us access to the best varieties from the most suitable terroir.
Our Legacy – In 1951 Sid Flanagan began farming native land near Quincy, Washington as part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Forty years later in 1996, Sid’s son Terry, with wife Vivian, founded Ryan Patrick Vineyards naming the winery after their two sons, Ryan and Patrick. In 2011, Ryan Patrick Vineyards was purchased by the Millbrandt family, 3rd generation farmers, and Columbia Valley grape growers since the early 1990s.
Photo: Butch Millbrandt, owner (left) and Kendall Mix, winemaker (right)
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 sources its wines from a variety of vineyards and AVAs, including Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Sagemoor Farms, Red Mountain AVA and Red Heaven Vineyard. This way, the winery can source the best grapes for, say, a ripe chardonnay, or the best Syrah grapes that need a warmer climate.
Vineyard sources: Red Heaven, Red Mountain, Bacchus/Sagemoor, Spanish Castle, Elephant Mountain, and Evergreen.
A combination of unique growing conditions including a cooler climate, a thin soil layer and vineyard elevations of 1,200 – 1,400 feet contribute to the area’s unique character.
Fruit comes from Columbia Valley Vineyards: Sagemoor Farms, Wautoma Winds, and Snipes Mountain Vineyards: Irving Newhouse.
Upon harvesting, the grapes were gently pressed and the juice was cold settled. After racking off the solids, the juice was inoculated with BRG Yeast and allowed to ferment slowly for approximately 30 days, until dryness. At that point, the juice was chilled to halt the fermentation and stabilize the wine.