If you’re looking for a winery with the best view in town, JM is the place for you. I’d say that the wine stands up to and eclipses the views from the winery. Founded in 1998, JM is perched on top of the hill just west of the many Woodinville tasting rooms. The parking situation there is somewhat tricky but they have valets on the weekend. The stylish and open tasting room spills into their beautiful outside area that is lush and wooded. Winemaker/owner John Bigelow has been crafting some excellent limited release red and white wines and has worked with some of the states best winemakers, such as Charlie Hoppes and Mike Januik.
The new releases from JM impress, although their reds are not designed for early drinking and will require some cellaring. Their reds have been highly acclaimed from the major wine publications. In fact, their red and white wines have achieved scores of 95 and 94 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine. I was impressed with the quality of their white wine releases, as their Chardonnay and Viognier were very good and had excellent complexity.
Here are some of the great new releases from JM Cellars.
2013 JM Cellars Viognier- White peach, honeysuckle and pear on the nose, followed by red delicious, starfruit and a light cream finish on the palate. Lithe. -91
2013 JM Cellars Chardonnay- Golden delicious and pear with oak on the nose. Palate has red delicious, pear and a light oak component with cream. -91
2012 JM Cellars 'Tre Fanicul'i- This is a Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah blend. Nose has red cherry and raspberry, somewhat restrained. Palate is more open with raspberry, red cherry and excellent mouthfeel. Drink 2015 on. -91
2012 JM Cellars 'Longevity'- Red bell pepper, red cherry and blackberry on the nose. Palate has blackberry, anise and black cherry. Needs a lot of time. Better in 2017. -91
2012 JM Cellars ‘Klipsun Vineyard’ Syrah- Smoked meats, black cherry and blackberry on the nose. Flavors of blackberry, anise, black cherry and black olive mark this dense wine. Drink 2016 on. -93