At Severino Cellars, the first thing a visitor sees is the beautiful framed house and the expansive lawns. Their tasting room, an early 1900’s local farmhouse, has been authentically and lovingly restored, down to the push-button light switches.
Equally pleasant is Nikki Samaniego, who was pouring in the tasting room. Nikki is happy to explain both the history of the house and Severino Cellars.
Nikki, her husband Severino and parents, Jay and Linda Spurlock, are owners of Severino Cellars. The vineyards are high in the Rattlesnake Hills. They have thirty five acres; fifteen are in grapes, planted in 2006. On those hills they have Riesling, Viognier, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Severino is the winemaker. Through classes at Central Washington University and hands-on training, he understands every row of his vineyard and has perfected his craft.
Until 2008, their vintages were locally sourced grapes. Since then, all their wines come from the Severino vineyards.
My selections were:
2012 Riesling: At 1.5% residual sugar, this is a bit of a surprise – a pleasant one. This off-dry wine is tart and sweet at the same time, full of Granny Smith apples, lemons and apricots. This is a nice patio sipping wine. Served chilled, of course.
Severino Red: This is a brilliant blend. Formed from the 2008 and 2009 Merlots and some Cabernet Sauvignon, this has mouth-filling flavors of blackberries, currents and licorice. This could compliment anything, from the upscale neighborhood barbeque to the relaxing weekend burger.
2008 Merlot: Merlot is such a versatile grape. It sometimes does not get the respect or justice it deserves but Severino has managed to showcase the fruit. This is a soft, mellow wine, with solid tannins. It is full of ripe bing cherries, mocha and a bit of spice.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon: Ahhh! Not only is this lovely in the glass, it is another big, ripe taste. The warmth and sun of the Rattlesnake Hills comes through in this wine. Luscious, juicy red and black raspberries, coffee and chocolate hit the palate with this drink. Serve it with a rib eye or wait for a favorite Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall movie. Either way, this is up to the task.
Severino Cellars is a fun, relaxing place. With big comfy chairs in the tasting room, an expansive outdoor patio, a down-home front porch and lots of goodies in the gift shop, Severino Cellars is a gem of a find. Conveniently located just off Exit 54 on I-82.