Mullan Road Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||United States, Washington|
|Brand||Mullan Road Cellars|
The Tasting Panel
This blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc sends up vivid soprano notes of lilac and blueberry with base scents of chocolate and balsamic. Floral tones persist on the palate with abundant violets. Cigar leaf comes in midway before the saturation of blue fruit takes over and washes through the oak-kissed finish.
Full bright ruby. Classic Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, menthol, graphite minerality, bitter chocolate, menthol and peppery herbs. Juicy, suave and fine-grained on entry, then more pliant and sweet in the middle than the nose suggests. Dark berry, dark chocolate and pepper flavors are lifted by floral and mineral notes. Not at all heavy-handed, this smooth, broad, rather generous but not overly sweet Cabernet finishes with harmonious dusty tannins and excellent perfumed length. This very nicely balanced wine is still quite youthful even if its texture and sweetness give it early appeal. My favorite wine to date from Mullan Road. (aged for 20 months in 33% new French and 6% new American oak; due to the fruit's high level of extractible tannins, this wine was gently extracted during vinification and then received two extra rackings and two extra months in barrel)
Roasted coffee bean, tar, melted butter and dark chocolate aromas are up front. An assortment of fruit and barrel flavors follow. Lightly chewy tannins back it up. The freshness is compelling. Best after 2024.