2016 VINTAGE Reviews
INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT
The 2016 Mullan Road Columbia Valley Red Wine is a lovely showing in this vintage. Composed of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc which spent 18 months in French and American oak barrels, 34% new. It begins with inviting aromas of red and dark currants, which combine with spices, tobacco and forest herbs. Medium to full-bodied with a wonder velvety texture and nicely polished tannins framing the red and dark fruits. This is showing beautifully now and should also offer a drinking window that spans close to a decade.
~ March 2019 (OB) | Rating: 92
Spicy oak, bouquet garni, and both red and black fruits emerge from the 2016 Red Wine Blend, which hits the palate with medium bodied richness, a seamless texture, and fine tannins. It’s a balanced, elegant red that has fine tannins and loads to love. It should also keep for over a decade. This 2016 is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc brought up In 34% new French and American oak.
~ Jeb Dunnuck April 11, 2019 | Rating: 91
Bright red-ruby. Currant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, mocha, licorice and menthol on the nose, all lifted by floral top note. 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.
~ Stephen Tanzer, November 2018 | Rating: 90+
2015 VINTAGE Reviews
Precise and trim, with appealing currant, mineral and bittersweet chocolate accents that persist toward big but refined tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases made.
~ TF, September 30, 2018 | Rating: 90
Bright medium ruby. Very dark aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and cocoa powder, lifted by an ethereal spicy top note; unlike the 2014 release, this wine does not include any Malbec but I would have guessed it had some. Concentrated, brisk dark berry and spice flavors are complemented by smoky, chocolatey French oak and lifted by a floral quality. Conveys a restrained sweetness but not at all austere owing to its chocolatey ripeness and considerably stuffing. Still a bit inky but quite long on the back end, finishing with the ripe tannic structure to evolve gracefully in bottle. I’m not sure I would have identified this rather primary Bordeaux blend blind as coming from Washington.
~ Stephen Tanzer, October 2017 | Rating: 91+
The 2015 Columbia Valley Red Wine opens in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, sweet spices and burning embers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with lovely concentration, an abundance of fine-grained tannins and a pure, penetrating finish. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc. 3,570 cases of this excellent red were produced.
~ William Kelley, June 29, 2018 | Rating: 94
INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT
The 2015 Mullan Road Red Wine falls slightly behind the 2014 bottling. This great wine starts out with red cherry, prune and cigar box on the nose. The palate is plush showing Jolly Rancher cherry candy, roasted date and mocha flavors that sit with good minerality. Best 2018-2026.
~ March 2018 (OB) | Rating: 90