Columbia Valley Red Wine 2015

Mullan Road Cellars

Columbia Valley Red Wine 2015

Region: America / Washington
Grapes: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc

Mullan Road Cellars was founded in 2012 by Dennis Cakebread of the renowned Cakebread Cellars winery in Napa Valley. A 40-year veteran of the wine trade, Dennis embarked on a mission to make a world-class Washington State wine embodying the rich history and terroir of the Northwest. Mullan Road Cellars is named for Lieutenant John Mullan, a 19th-century pioneer who built the first wagon road into eastern Washington. Its winemaker is Aryn Morrell, a Washington native who spent years making wine in Napa Valley with prestigious wineries such as Silver Oak Cellars, Joseph Phelps, Quintessa and Chappellet before returning to Washington in 2007. The grapes for Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend come from several outstanding, low-yielding vineyards in the Columbia Valley, including the famed Seven Hills Vineyard, as well as Stillwater Creek Vineyard and the Corfu Crossing Vineyard outside Royal City, an area soon to be designated the Royal Slope appellation.

93 Points

San Francisco International Wine Competition

2015 vintage
91 Points

Tasting Panel

2015 vintage
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harvest note

In 2015, a historically early start to the growing season was followed by a warmer-than-normal spring. Continued warm weather in early summer advanced vine development. Mid-to-late summer was especially warm, including 2-3 weeks with highs over 100 degrees. A mild fall allowed for full phenolic development in the grapes, resulting in fresh, flavorful wines with fine aging potential.

tasting note

Initial aromas of fresh black cherry, cassis, vanilla bean and juniper berry make way for deeper scents of sweet blackberry pie and dried strawberry. The palate offers concentrated flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry with a touch of spice. It’s framed by firm but silky tannins for balanced elegance.

food pairing

Pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.

technical data

GRAPES: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
PH: 3.80
ACIDITY: 0.55 grams/100 ml
ABV: 14.2%
AGING: 18 months in 30% new French and American oak

points of distinction

  • An elegant and age worthy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc
  • Fruit comes from the famed Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley, as well as Stillwater Creek Vineyard and the Corfu Crossing Vineyard outside Royal City, an area soon to be designated the Royal Slope appellation
  • Wine made by WA native Aryn Morell, who has extensive experience in the Columbia Valley as well as with high-profile Napa wineries
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