Columbia Valley Red Wine 2016

Mullan Road Cellars

Columbia Valley Red Wine 2016

Region: America / Washington
Grapes: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 20% 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.

90+ Points

Wine Advocate

2016 vintage
90 Points

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

The 2016 growing season began quite warm in Washington, with unusual heat spikes for the region as early as April. This warm weather continued throughout the spring with additional episodes of high heat throughout the summer months, leading to ideal veraison in August. The fall was mild and then quite cool in October, which led to gorgeous deep color and ideal tannic structure in the wines.

tasting note

Perfumed aromas of currants, plum skin, dried herbs and spice make way for more intense notes of smoked raspberry, dried strawberry and vanilla bean. The flavors are layered and concentrated, providing a seamless palate filled with deep cherry, black fruits, sage and baking spices. Delicious, sultry and complex, this wine’s wonderful texture and silky tannins carry through to a long and lifted finish fitting for an age-worthy release.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
PH: 3.70
ACIDITY: 5.90 g/l
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: 18 months French and American oak barrels, 34% new

points of distinction

  • An elegant and age worthy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc
  • Sourced from Seven Hills, Stillwater Creek and Corfu Crossing Vineyards
  • Winemaker Aryn Morell is a WA native with extensive experience in the Columbia Valley as well as with high-profile Napa wineries
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Mullan Road Cellars celebrates the pioneering spirit of those who made the original journey into the Northwest Territory.

– Aryn Morell, Winemaker

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