JM Cellars is Awesome

I’ve written about JM Cellars a few times in the past: about their new releases in January and about their fabulous Saturday tastings that we could never seem to get to. Well, our luck finally turned — we visited their friendly tasting room for the last two consecutive weekends! And we can now officially add our voices to the clamor — JM Cellars is awesome!

Thankfully we pre-ordered JM Cellars new release (2005) of its popular flagship blend, Tre Fanciulli, because 275 cases produced for this vintage have already sold out. JM Cellars has been crafting Tre Fanciulli since 1999. Tre is Italian for three treasured boys, and the wine was named in honor of the three sons of owners/winemaker John Bigalow and his wife Peggy.

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. I’m not sure we can wait that long!

We also purchased the 2005 Columbia Valley Cuvee, which is a Bordeaux-style blend of 44% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cab Franc, 6% Malbec and 6% Petite Verdot. As I’ve written before, we also enjoy JM Cellars 2005 Merlot, which has depth in its Red Mountain flavors bursting with cherries.

But JM Cellars is a must-stop tasting room in Woodinville for more than its fine wines. The tasting room staff are friendly, fun and knowledgeable (a can’t-beat combination), the grounds are pretty, and the appetizers are delicious. And to our delight, JM Cellars is now open for tastings on Sundays, as well as Saturdays, from noon until 4 p.m. We will be going back there soon for sure.


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”