Mark Ryan Winery 2005 Water Witch red wine

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on January  24, 2008:

Bought at the winery’s release party and opened on New Year’s Day to enjoy with my wine-sseuer cousin, who gifted me a bottle of ching x3…1990 Chateau Grand-Puy Lacoste Saint Guirons (Pauillac). I asked his reaction (and his wife’s) and they both really liked it so I sipped it myself and…bam!, it hit me like a Mark Ryan is expected to. Excellent nose, elegant flow in the mouth, and a long lasting, succulent tail. Deep red in color. Stand alone or matches with basically any food. Flavors of ripe black fruit abound. This wine impresses. Highly recommended. This tastes like a $60 wine so it’s a definite great value. Klipsun Vineyard. Alcohol: 14.3%. 80% merlot, 20% cab sau. Still in the cellar…the chard, the Dead Horse, and the Long Haul. Stay tuned. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.
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2 Responses to Mark Ryan Winery 2005 Water Witch red wine

  1. AS someone who ‘muses’ on wine – I wondered what you think of the Boxxle ( Do you think it’s tapping into a need, or is it an idea that will never get off the ground. It would be great to know what you think.

  2. wawineman says:

    Hello Mark of Flipside Group!

    Smashing question! I am definitely a fan of the Boxxle Box. I recently finished a Bota Box 3 liter zinfandel that was still fresh (almost 2 months after opening).

    Upside: great for parties and informal drinking occasions; completely recyclable packaging; novel dispensing apparatus that the new generation of wine drinkers can ally with; space saving design; allows for more freedom of artistic packaging; smaller costs passed on to the consumer; and a long shelf-life once opened.

    Downside: will not age wine predictably (if at all); stigma associated with ‘cheap’ wines; no pomp and pageantry for sommeliers; no status as a luxury item; not a collectible; cork and glass industries oppose; smaller profits for wineries if they use high-quality wine; and wine must have been filtered to prevent clogging in the spout.

    Oddly, I can see a future where tasting rooms will dispense from a Boxxle Box the same wine that can be purchased in a bottle. It’s much cheaper than purchasing an Enomatic machine.

    Right now, wineries that market to young adults (usually the cheap, mass-produced stuff) will greatly benefit from this packaging. The current trend is to house 3-4 liters of ready-to-drink wine in an eye-pleasing designed carboard box and charge $16-23. Same advertising strategies apply (eg. adding “reserve” to charge an extra couple of dollars, bold color and sharp fonts for an upscale look, using “action” shots to make the wine appear exciting, using animals to denote a sense of “natural”).

    Boxxle Box wines are now my first choice when hosting a get-together with others who may not necessarily drink wine (over beer, liquor, or juices) or care too much about the quality of the wine. I have recommended boxed wine to others for weddings. Low cost, low maintenance, easy disposal, satisfies the need to have a decent wine on-hand. Also, great for office parties!

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