It’s Election Day and America’s off to the poles. We, on the other hand, tasted Treveri “Blanc de Blanc” Brut from Treveri Cellars, a bubbly that all holiday state department dinners at the White House have recently been serving. It is the first time, supposedly, that the White House has poured a non-California sparkling wine, since they began serving domestic bubbly.
Onto our notes:
A lovely light gold in the glass with even bubbles. The nose is peculiarly yeasty, and not at all cluing us into the amazing burst on the palate of lemon peel and limes, peaches and apricots. On the lingering finish, the limes sweep everything else aside. The acids are spot on to keep the fruit in check, creating a nicely balanced bubbly.
It’s interesting to see what is good enough for the White House, and we can see the love. The Treveri Brut - made in the traditional method used in Champagne – is a solid sparkling wine that is neither too conservative in its bubbles not too liberal with the fruit. A surefire crowd-pleaser for all manners of palates. It’s also very fairly priced at 14 dollars.
About Treveri Cellars:
The name “Treveri” comes from the historic name of the city of Trier, Germany, home of Treveri’s winemaker Jurgen Grieb. Treveri Cellars is a family-owned sparkling wine house that opened its doors on November 2010. Producing a wide array of sparkling wines, including non-traditional varieties such as Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau, Treveri largely focuses on 100% varietal sparkling wines. Treveri currently produces 5,000 cases of wine annually.
JM Cellars is one a hidden slice of serenity tucked away in a pocket of Woodinville just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Seattle. It’s a place to unwind while you take your palate for a whirl. The grounds are tranquil and the tasting room subdued and inviting with its warm tones and even warmer people.
So what did we taste?
JM Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima valley) – Clean, crisp but sufficient fruitiness. Pears, yellow Golden Delicious apples that, like Macintoshes, are going out of style but of so delish.
JM Cellars 2008 Tre Franciulli (Columbia Valley) (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 14% Syrah) – Licorice nose underlined by blackberry, very elegant, violets. Extremely smooth, complex finish with peppery prickles.
JM Cellars 2008 Longevity (Columbia Valley) – Silky nose of dark fruit, cherries & hint of licorice. Powerful tannins. Long finish.
JM Cellars 2008 Red Mountain Cab Sauv – Peppery ‘n’ powerful, meaty, gamy, a hero of a finish that rides off into the sunset.
JM Cellars are onto a very good thing, and their winery is a must visit for anyone in the area. And if you don’t believe me, this is what Robert Parker had to say:
“John and Peggy Bigelow’s JM Cellars is a required visit for wine tourists in the Seattle/Woodinville area. The winery’s landscaping is breath-taking and, most important, the wines are first-class and reasonably priced.”
This summer on our winding way through the Yakima Valley, we had unfortunately bad timing around Red Mountain and were only able to make it to Terra Blanca, an impressive and inspiring winery looking down on the valley.
All the wines we tasted are from the Terra Blanca Estate Vineyard. We tweeted our tasting notes earlier this week, and here are those notes:
2007 Signature Series Block 8 Syrah – a powerhouse dominated by cherries and cranberries, toasty oak bringing up the rear. A fine example of Red Mountain’s character. What a year for Syrah in this growing region! Impressively, this wine was double Godl Medal winner at the Seattle Wine Awards and I can see why!
2008 ONYX – Dark fruits and cherry. Satiny smooth. Solid tannins and good acidity. A hint of the oak monster mucking about. Good quality-price ratio. The ONYX, a Seattle Wine Awards Gold Medal winner, is winemaker Keith Pilgrim’s signature Bordeaux blend, which the winery says is a snapshot of the vineyard.
2008 Signature Series Mourvedre (91% Mourvedre / 9% Syrah) – Fruit that is almost balsamic. Impressive tannins not for the timid, Great balance. This is my kind of wine!
2008 Block 5 Chardonnay – crisp red apples and lovely spiciness supported by the toastiness of oak. Great price point. Highly recommended!
To get to know Washington wines, these are good reads!