Columbia Valley Red Wine 2014
Grapes: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% 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 set out to create an elegant, complex Bordeaux-style red blend. Fruit comes from three prime locations: the famed Seven Hills Vineyard on the southern edge of the Walla Walla Valley contributes tannin and structure, Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills adds brawn and volume, and Lawrence Vineyards in the Frenchman Hills lend elegance. Dennis named his wine “Mullan Road Cellars” in honor of Lieutenant John Mullan, who built the first wagon trail across the Rockies over 600 miles from Ft. Benton in Montana to Ft. Walla Walla in Washington.
Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition2014 vintage
Ken's Wine Guide.com2014 vintage
The 2014 vintage was warm and dry, providing ideal growing conditions for producing wines with great fruit and refined tannins. The wines show the ripeness of the warm summer days and the freshness that our cooler evenings provide. The majority of our vineyard sites are at elevations above 1,300ft, giving us the perfect microclimate for producing ripe fruit while maintaining great acidity. The 2014 blend displays more forward fruit and texture than the previous two vintages allowing for early enjoyment. Although the wine has a more supple profile it will age gracefully as all the key components, fruit, acid and tannins are in perfect harmony.
Fresh blackberries, plum skin and fresh juniper berries intermixed with dried strawberry and sandalwood. Swirling brings up ripe black currants, baking spice and crème de cassis. The palate is dense and polished with superfine tannins and great length. It’s mouthwateringly fresh with ripe but restrained fruit and terrific presence.
Pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.
GRAPES: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
ACIDITY: 0.56 grams/100 ml
AGING: 17 months in 40% new French and American oak barrels
points of distinction
- An elegant and age worthy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec
- Fruit comes from the famed Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley, Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills, and Lawrence Vineyards in the Frenchman Hills
- 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.