Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2009 JM Cellars Margaret's Vineyard Estate Red

Wine: Margaret's Vineyard Estate Red
Producer: JM Cellars
Vintage: 2009 
Varietal(s): 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec, 6% Petite Verdot and 6% Carmenere
Region: Walla Walla Valley AVA
14.4% alcohol
Cost: $42
Quality: 88-89 | Very Good

Plum in color with it going black in the core. On the nose are baking spices, black raspberries, blueberries and cocoa powder. The palate is rich with cherries, chocolate, and pepper. Mid length finish.Very Good.

Buzz: A local family business, John & Peggy Bigelow run this winery is perched on a hillside just up from the Sammamish valley in Woodinville. Dedicated to crafting great wine with great grapes they recently bought a site in the Blue Mountains and planted their first estate owned vineyard, Margaret's Vineyard. Using specialized farming including tightly spaced vines and one cluster per fine is going to give this vineyard great concentration in it's grapes for years. This is their inaugural vintage having just planted it in 2007. This is a very classic Bordeaux blend of grapes and I'm excited to see the progression of these wines from their vineyards as the vines mature and develop in the coming years.

Availability: Select wine shops, restaurants and winery.

JM Cellars
Woodinville, WA
Since 2000


  1. I recently did a video featurette on JM Cellars that seems relevant to this article if anyone cares to watch it.

    JM Cellars Featurette

    2011 looks like it might shape up to be an excellent year!

  2. Thanks Justin. Great featurette and content. Appreciate the addition.