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Saviah Cellars’: The Jack White & Red Wines

Saviah Cellars is one of our favorite Washington wineries. Saviah Cellars is run by Rich Funk, along with his wife and team of five. The winery was formed in 2000 in the Walla Walla Valley and is committed to crafting extraordinary wines that combine viticultural excellence with traditional winemaking techniques. The winery strives to produce rich, artfully balanced wines showcasing varietal characteristics that reflect the unique soils and climate of the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys.

The Jack White Wine 2015
Appellation: Columbia Valley, WA
Varietals: 50% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyards: Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Two Mountain Vineyard
Price: $9.99
The Jack White Wine is one of our best selling wines and, yes, we have featured it before. The new vintage is out, and we think it’s as good as or better than earlier vintages. Bordeaux blends are known to do very well in Washington, and The Jack features a classic blend of half and half Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Semillon takes the lead for flavor and aroma; Sauvignon Blanc brightens with clean acidity. The wine was very slowly fermented in both stainless steel and neutral barrels. This slow fermentation process brings out a supple texture with beautiful, smooth fruit, including stone fruit and citrus.

The Jack Rosé Wine 2015
Appellation: Columbia Valley, WA
Varietals: 50% Tempranillo, 50% Sangiovese
Vineyards: Wahluke Slope Vineyard, Jones Farms Vineyard, Pheasant Vineyard, Talcott Vineyard
Price: $11.99
‘Tis the season for cool glasses of Rosé! And while we might as well be swimming in Rosé options, this one features a very unique varietal blend for a Washington Rosé. Tempranillo and Sangiovese are more accustomed to Spanish and Tuscan wines, including Rosé. This blend comes from Rich Funk’s (the winemaker) excitement of the recent discovery that Tempranillo does very well in Walla Walla. Celebrate the closing of Washington Wine month with a bottle of this exciting new wine. You’ll experience a wonderful fruit bowl of flavor, including watermelon, cherry, and strawberry.

Further information about Saviah Cellars can be found on its website.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.