Columbia Valley Red Wine 2013
Grapes: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Mullan Road Cellars is a journey into Washington winemaking led by Dennis Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars. Drawn by the high quality of wines and the camaraderie of the Walla Walla wine community, Dennis and winemaker Aryn Morell worked with the famed Seven Hills Vineyard on the southern edge of the Walla Walla Valley appellation as well as vineyards in the soon-to-be-recognized Royal Slope appellation to craft this powerful yet elegant Bordeaux-style Red Blend.
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While the 2013 growing season was the second warmest on record, it was surprisingly gentle on our vineyards. Budbreak came two weeks earlier than normal – although ‘normal’ is getting harder and harder to define these days. While warm temperatures throughout the season were occasionally disrupted by June rains and a few heat spikes in July, the cooler weather in September helped our fruit reach optimal maturity and balance. We use grapes grown at several different vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, including the famed Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla, and both Stillwater Creek Vineyard and the Lawrence family’s Corfu Crossing Vineyard outside Royal City – an area that should soon (we think) be designated as the Royal Slope appellation.
Our 2013 vintage Red Wine Blend is showing slightly bolder flavors and body than our inaugural 2012. This wine highlights explosive aromas of blackberry, black plums, dried strawberries and a beautiful black tea/juniper berry potpourri. The palate is dense, yet polished, and features big silky tannins. Elegant textures and a long, lithe finish will have this wine aging nicely for the next 7 to 10 years.
Pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.
GRAPES: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
ACIDITY: 0.58 grams/100 ml
AGING: 16 months in 40% new French and American oak barrels
points of distinction
- An elegant and age worthy blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec
- Fruit comes 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
- Wine made by WA native Aryn Morell, who has extensive experience in the Columbia Valley as well as with high-profile Napa wineries
vineyard details +
Seven Hills Vineyard
Seven Hills, located along the southern edge of the Walla Walla AVA, is one of the most recognized vineyards in Washington. With an elevation of 850 to 1,050 feet, the site has excellent soil and air drainage and is one of the most technologically advanced in the industry. The vertically trained canopy, controlled cluster spacing and sunlight exposure generates uniform fruit ripeness. Soil moisture is monitored daily by computer with sophisticated drip irrigation scheduled to augment vine development yet limit excessive canopy growth. Yields are strictly controlled to assure ultra-premium quality.
Stillwater Creek Vineyard
Stillwater Creek is an award-winning Columbia Valley vineyard located on a steep, south-facing rise on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills. It is best known for its innovative vineyard management and one of the most diverse clone selections in Washington State. The site’s fractured rock and extreme southern exposure are ideal for reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
about the grape +
Cabernet Franc usually shows tart red cherry and wild currant aromas and flavors with an herbal, spicy character. In the Loire, esp. Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, this grape shows firm minerality.
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
– Aryn Morell, Winemaker
Mullan Road Cellars celebrates the pioneering spirit of those who made the original journey into the Northwest Territory.