Mullan Road Cellars Red Wine Blend 2015
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.
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
|Brand||Mullan Road Cellars|
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Columbia Valley Red Wine opens in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, sweet spices and burning embers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with lovely concentration, an abundance of fine-grained tannins and a pure, penetrating finish. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, 3,570 cases of this excellent red were produced.
Wine SpectatorPrecise and trim, with appealing currant, mineral and bittersweet chocolate accents that persist toward big but refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2024.
Wine EnthusiastA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the aromas bring notes of baking spice, dill, vanilla and cherry. The fruit flavors are lighter styled, dipping in the middle before coming back together. A light grip of tannin backs it up.