Jovinea Cellars 2016 Mel’s Victory Red, Walla Walla Valley & Columbia Valley, $24

By on March 6, 2019
jovinea cellars mels victory red 2016 bottle - Jovinea Cellars 2016 Mel's Victory Red, Walla Walla Valley & Columbia Valley, $24

Lisa Grigg and her husband, Michael, have a small vineyard in tiny Juliaetta, Idaho, with plans to establish vines at two other sites. One of the first efforts by this Lewis-Clark Valley winery is this blend built upon the shoulders of Petit Verdot (75%) from the Walla Walla Valley with Syrah from the Columbia Valley. The theme of dark purple fruit includes savory notes of black olive and herbs, backed by racy finish of boysenberry. They’ve named it in honor of the late Mel Wilks, whose landmark Texaco station in Genesse will serve as the Jovinea Cellars flagship tasting room.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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  1. John Banks

    June 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I am in Boise Idaho. Where can I buy your wine locally? If I can’t, will you ship me a case?


    • Eric Degerman

      June 12, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Greetings, John.
      I have sent a note to Lisa Grigg, the winemaker/co-owner of Jovinea, asking her to contact you regarding your inquiry.
      Thank you for taking the time to read the review and reach out.

    • Jovinea Cellars

      June 12, 2020 at 12:21 pm


      Thank you for inquiring about our 2016 Mel’s Victory Red Blend. We are currently only selling directly to consumers, so our wines are available solely in our tasting room in downtown Lewiston, ID, or by having them shipped directly to you via UPS/FedEx. I will follow up with an email to you directly with more information. We sincerely appreciate Great Northwest’s Wine review on Mel’s to get the word out.

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