2018 Crazy Mary Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain


100% Mourvedre



Release Date

July 2020


210 cases

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Tasting Notes

Deep aromas of blueberry and cassis mingle on the nose, leading into dark fruit flavors, slight violets, and rich earthy flavors on the palate. 

Past Accolades

2017 - (93-95) Jeb Dunnuck, 93 Wine Enthusiast 2014 - 93 Wine Advocate, 93 Wine & Spirits 2013 - 92 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Advocate



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Wine Advocate

From the 2014 vintage - (92-95) Points (June 2016)

"Another 2014 that got a a big "wow" in the notes in the 2014 Mourvedre Crazy Mary, which offers classic Mourvedre notes of blueberries, white pepper and spiced meats in a medium to full-bodied, balanced and again, incredibly pure package. It has ripe tannin and while it will be approachable on release, I suspect it will be at its finest from 2019-2029." Jeb Dunnuck


Ciel du Cheval

Owned and operated by Jim Holmes and managed by Ryan Johnson, Ciel du Cheval has helped pave the way for the fine wine grapes on Red Mountain. With 120 acres under vine, Ciel du Cheval is a major contributor to Mark Ryan wines. The very first vintages of Dead Horse and Long Haul were packed with fruit from Ciel du Cheval, a tradition that continues to this day.

Balancing polish and refinement in its power and depth, Ciel represents a feminine compliment to Klipsun's brazen muscularity. The vines are planted in a fan trellis system, which provides a more-dense canopy to shield the clusters from the intense heat of the site. This style of management allows the grape's sugars to develop harmoniously with its concentration and physiological ripeness, showcasing deep fruit flavors balanced with non-fruit complexity. 


Wine Advocate

2013: 93-95 PointsI think the 2013 Mourvedre Crazy Mary is a step up over the 2012, although both vintages are outstanding. Coming from the Force Majeure and Ciel du Cheval vineyards and a blend of 79% Mourvedre and 21% Syrah that's aging in 21% new French oak puncheons, it has lots of Mourvedre character in its black fruits, bouquet garni, pepper and almost pot roast-like mix of braised meats and herbs. While there's the burly, masculine side to Mourvedre on the nose, the palate here is silky and refined, with great tannin, a layered, full mid-palate and stunning purity of fruit. Few are doing Mourvedre in Washington.

2012: 92-94 PointsThe Mourvedre- dominated 2012 Crazy Mary incorporates a splash of Syrah and comes both from the Ciel du Cheval and Force Majeure vineyards. Possessing serious minerality in its black cherry, black raspberry, pepper and floral-driven aromatics, this medium to full-bodied effort is still firm and tight on the palate, with savory tannin showing on the finish. It will need short-term cellaring and evolve gracefully for 10 to 15 years.

2011: 91+ PointsThe 2011 Crazy Mary is made from 92% Mourvedre and 8% Syrah and comes from the Ciel du Cheval and Force Majeure vineyards. Aged 18 months in 57% new 500-liter puncheons, it offers loads of white pepper, tree bark, underbrush, herbs and meaty notes to go with a core of dark fruit. This medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and focused effort has an energetic feel, excellent purity and notable tannin coming through on the finish. It will be better in another year or three and have 10-12 years of ultimate longevity. 

2010: 93 PointsThe 2010 Mourvedre Crazy Mary is a blend of 86% Mourvedre and 14% Syrah that spent 20 months in 59% new 500-liter puncheons. Coming from both Ciel du Cheval and Red Willow vineyards, it delivers textbook Mourvedre aromas and flavors of black and blue fruits, tree bark, pepper, resinous herbs and pan dripping-like nuances to go with a full-bodied, textured and rich mouthfeel. Possessing serious minerality and length on the finish, this beauty has the acidity, concentration and structure to evolve gracefully for over a decade.

2009: 92 PointsMark Ryan’s 2009 Mourvedre Crazy Mary offers a dramatically cepage-typical nose of plum paste, bay laurel, and bloody red meat (including innards). Dark chocolate, vanilla, mint, and black pepper serve for additional complexity on an expansive, polished palate retaining infectious primary juiciness and a sense of lift that defy this wine’s 14.9% alcohol and render the results elegant for all their richness. It’s easy to discount the faint hint of heat in an otherwise impressively long, stimulating finish. There being only a few years’ track record for this bottling, I won’t attempt to handicap its bottle evolution beyond saying that I’d be very surprised were it not to merit the better part of a decade’s attention. 

2008: 91 PointsThe 2008 Crazy Mary Mourvedre contains 14% Syrah sourced from the Ciel du Cheval and Les Collines Vineyards. Underbrush, brier, lavender, Asian spices, plum, and blueberry aromas lead to a savory, moderately structured Rhome Ranger with good volume, concentration, and length.

2007: 91+ PointsThe 2007 Crazy Mary Mourvedre was sourced from the Stillwater Creek and Klipsun Vineyards, contains 25% Syrah in the blend, and was aged in 20% new oak for 20 months. Dark ruby-colored with a nose of underbrush, mineral, spice box, leather, and plum, on the palate it is full-bodied, ripe, and spicy. It has excellent volume, intense flavors, and plenty of concentration.

2006: 92 PointsThe 2006 Mourvedre Crazy Mary was sourced from the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard and aged in 50% new French oak. Purple-colored, it has a complex aromatic array of meat/blood, game, mushroom, and assorted black fruits. Opulent on the palate with gobs of flavor, the wine manages to be balanced and restrained. Give this top-notch effort 4-6 years to evolve and drink it through 2022.

Wine Enthusiast

2012: 93 PointsA blend of Ciel du Cheval and Force Majeure vineyards, this wine brings a mix of pomegranate, dark raspberry, dried tobacco, crushed rock and peppery spices. It explodes on the palate with rich, dense, cranberry and spice flavors that linger

2011: 91 PointsWith just 8% Syrah in the blend, this is a fine example of the distinctive flavors found in the best Washington state Mourvèdre. The vines are still young, the raspberry/blackberry fruit flavors bright, focused and forward, but the penetrating minerality of the grape and the region is also in evidence. The Syrah brings a hint of pepper into play in the finish.

2010: 93 Points: Varietal Mourvèdre from Washington state is rare indeed, but it’s indicative of the grape’s distinctiveness here that wineries of this caliber are showing it off. Flint, plum, boysenberry and spice are accented with light whiffs of barnyard, earth and rock. It’s all subtly woven together, displaying power and elegance at the same time.

2009: 93 PointsYou’d have to be crazy not to love this Mourvèdre for its distinctive, intriguing take on this Southern Rhône grape. Mineral, flint, plum and spice notes surface in abundance—all in perfect balance.

2008: 93 PointsThis meaty, gamy wine is 84% Mourvèdre, and marries its earthy flavors to the ripe black fruit of the Syrah. The two mix well, but could use a bit more bottle time to fully integrate. Blood, meat, cassis, and smoke mingle, and some heat slips in at the end, along with rich coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Big, flavorful, lingering.

2007: 90 PointsThis Mourvèdre/Syrah blend has loads of wild berry and black cherry, spiced up with tarragon and other herbs. The Syrah fills in the middle with juicy berry and peppery spice. The tannins are balanced and firm, barky but not overpowering.

2006: 90 Points100% Mourvèdre from the Ciel du Cheval vineyard, this unusual wine has a distinctive, barky, herbal note. At first it seems to be missing something in the middle, but it’s just the dryness of the tannins and the spicy, herbal nature of the raspberry and pomegranate flavored fruit. It actually extends beautifully through a very satisfying and lengthy finish.

Wine Spectator

2010: 89 PointsFirm and chewy, with red berry and dark plum flavors playing against smoky notes as the tannic finish persists.

2008: 90 Points: Fresh and focused, delivering a supple mouthful of blueberry, rare game, pepper and sweet spice notes that linger effortlessly on the refined finish.

2007: 92 PointsSupple, generous and beguiling, framing its lovely currant and pomegranate flavors with hints of mineral and wet earth. The fruit wins out on the long, open-textured finish.

2006: 89 PointsRipe and round, with an earthy edge to generous dried blueberry, dark plum and spice flavors, persisting nicely and wrapped in fine tannins on the finish.