Mullan Road Cellars Red Wine Blend 2014
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Mullan Road Cellars is a new project by Dennis Cakebread in Washington State. Dennis is a 40+ year wine veteran of the prestigious Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley, CA, who landed in Walla Walla, WA in 2010 in search of another winery venture. Upon arrival he connected with winemaker Aryn Morell, a Washington native with extensive experience in the Columbia Valley and Napa Valley, and Mullan Road Cellars was born.
“Mullan Road Cellars focuses on small-production, age worthy Bordeaux-style red blends. We select fruits from prime vineyards in the soon-to-be-recognized Royal Slope appellation along with the famed Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley appellation, one of the most recognized locations in Washington”, explains Dennis Cakebread. “I was drawn to Washington State for its consistent wine quality, friendly personalities, and camaraderie. Mullan Road Cellars has been a journey, from learning the area and getting to know the people and communities, to the continuous exploration for great areas and vineyards. We are thrilled to finally launch a project that has been in development for years.”
The winery’s namesake, the historic Mullan Road built in 1859, was a 611-mile wagon trail into eastern Washington via the Rockies and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mullan Road Cellars’ illustrated label was inspired by photos of the actual Mullan Road, conveying adventure and a pioneering spirit. Mullan Road Cellars’ first release, Columbia Valley Red Wine 2012, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
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Wine AdvocateMade from 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and the balance Malbec, the 2014 Columbia Valley Red Wine was fermented in a mix of concrete tanks and stainless steel, and aged in 40% new French and American oak. It's looks to be a well-made, possibly outstanding effort that has lots of jammy dark fruits (cassis and blackberry), dried underbrush and some licorice in a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated package. It should drink nicely right out of the gate.