Mini Reviews: JM Cellars


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.”