Mullan Road Cellars Columbia Valley Red Blend 2013

$49.99

New Washington State Red from the folks at Cakebread! 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. 90 Points Robert Parker:  "While the 2013 Columbia Valley Red Wine showed better from barrel than bottle, it's still an outstanding effort. The focus with this cuvee is always higher elevation sites with the goal to make a fresh, elegant wine. Checking in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec, it has a classic Cabernet perfume of crème de cassis, spring flowers, sappy underbrush and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, balanced and elegant on the palate, drink it anytime over the coming decade.

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Ratings on Delectable

Isaac Pirolo Delectable Pro

Surprisingly ordinary, if not an outright disappointment, for my first experience with Cakebread’s Washington venture. The fruit is blunted, like a deadened tennis ball... there’s no pop or verve or tension. Green peppercorns, tobacco, chocolate, spice and earth point to what could have been, but the fruit falls flat and the raw edge leaves it flabby.

Surprisingly ordinary, if not an outright disappointment, for my first experience with Cakebread’s Washington venture. The fruit is blunted, like a deadened tennis ball... there’s no pop or verve or tension. Green peppercorns, tobacco, chocolate, spice and earth point to what could have been, but the fruit falls flat and the raw edge leaves it flabby.

8.3

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

Classic styled Bordeaux blend. Nice grip, red and purple fruit. Earth, tar, leather. #wbc18

Classic styled Bordeaux blend. Nice grip, red and purple fruit. Earth, tar, leather. #wbc18

9.1

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

A nice blend. Not Red Mountain, but nice black berries, plum, chocolate notes. Cab Franc popped through.

A nice blend. Not Red Mountain, but nice black berries, plum, chocolate notes. Cab Franc popped through.

8.9

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Dark fruit with a strong red licorice palate. Slightly young and tight, perhaps a few more years and this becomes a gem.

Dark fruit with a strong red licorice palate. Slightly young and tight, perhaps a few more years and this becomes a gem.

9.0

Eric Grasser Delectable Pro

New Cakebread project. If tasted blind I'd never guess Washington State. Really polished with no depth.

New Cakebread project. If tasted blind I'd never guess Washington State. Really polished with no depth.

7.8

Douglas Frye

Cab sauv Merlot Cab franc... 3 of my fav’s together wins every time. Bold fruit flavor, soft tannins, great price

Cab sauv Merlot Cab franc... 3 of my fav’s together wins every time. Bold fruit flavor, soft tannins, great price

9.0

Erik Buckley

I really enjoyed this 2013

I really enjoyed this 2013

9.1

Kilian Werner

Very good! Full flavors of dark berries, an amazing and perfectly balanced amount of acidity! Love it

Very good! Full flavors of dark berries, an amazing and perfectly balanced amount of acidity! Love it

9.2

Henry Fuseler

Good red. Paired well with the short ribs. 1/18

Good red. Paired well with the short ribs. 1/18

8.8

Kristy Johnston

Enjoyed with truffle butter filet night 1 and cheeseburger w/ truffle fries night 2. Would buy again.

Enjoyed with truffle butter filet night 1 and cheeseburger w/ truffle fries night 2. Would buy again.

9.0

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