We’re looking forward to tasting JM Cellars new releases. And better yet, the release party is on two days, Saturday March 1 and Sunday March 2, which means we will be able to drive to Woodinville to attend. (The tasting room is typically open only on Saturdays, when both of us are usually too busy in Seattle.)
In particular, the 2005 Tre Fanciulli and the 2005 Columbia Valley Cuvee have our attention. JM Cellars has been crafting their flagship blend, Tre Fanciulli, since 1999. Tre is Italian for three treasured boys, and the wine was named in honor of the three sons of owners John and Peggy Bigalow. John is also the winemaker. The 2005 Tre, a blend of Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Lewis Syrah and Boushey Syrah, can be opened now or cellared for up to ten years.
The 2005 Cuvee is a Bordeaux-style blend of 44% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cab Franc, 6% Malbec and 6% Petite Verdot. Seventy-five percent of the grapes come from Stillwater Creek, with the remainder from Ciel du Cheval, Conner Lee and Milbrandt. You can drink the Cuvee now through 2015.
These wines are expected to sell out fast. You can pre-order them on JM Cellars’ Web site.