Mullan Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2017
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82% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Cabernet Franc
This complex Cabernet Sauvignon wine reveals sultry aromas of muddled red fruits, raspberry, and dried strawberry with hints of light baking spices. Swirling brings up notes of crème brûlée with black tea, mocha, and cocoa powder. The palate is round and polished, with black currants and plum puree accented by vanilla bean and balanced by fine tannins. Hints of dark chocolate and pressed berries linger on the finish.
2018 was a long, warm growing season with cooler weather in early fall that helped maintain acidity prior to harvest. Ripening slowed into October, which allowed further phenolic development in the fruit.
20 months in French and American oak barrels, 38% of which were new.