Mullan Road Cellars Red Wine Blend 2016
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
|Brand||Mullan Road Cellars|
Wine Spectator 91 points - Sleek and discreet, with harmonious blackberry, cumin and black tea flavors that take on structure toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028. 4,800 cases made.
Vinous 90 points - Bright red-ruby. Currant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, mocha, licorice and menthol on the nose, all lifted by a floral topnote. Tightly wound today, with a streak of acidity currently keeping the wine’s dark berry, plum, mint and wild herb flavors under wraps. In a distinctly cool style and presently quite backward but boasts terrific energy. Finishes with firm-edged, tooth-dusting tannins and some acidity to be absorbed. Intensely flavored but an awkward showing today, even if my sample showed a smoother texture with 24 hours in the recorked bottle.
Wine Advocate 90 points - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Columbia Valley Red Wine opens to a dusty and dark-fruited nose with herbal and peppery tones and complex expressions of baked earth and dusty red flower petals. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is just-ripe and turns slightly tart across the mid-palate with defined flavors of green bell pepper that sway with blackberry essence and dusty dark cherries. It has a balanced structure and sticky tannins followed up by evolving flavors of bitter dark chocolate and plum skin on the long, winding finish.