Upcoming Events

Spring Release Winemaker’s Dinner with Chef Adam Higgs (Walla Walla)

May 1, 2015
At the Winery. 6:30 PM. 
Only 20 tickets are available for our Spring Release Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Adam Higgs, Chef and Owner of Acadia Bistro in Portland. Chef Higgs is one of our favorite people to team up with, and his New Orleans inspired cuisine is always a delight. We will be pulling out all of the stops, as this will be Chef Higg’s last Winemaker’s Dinner ever before he moves onto his new life adventure – opening a distillery.

We are SOLD OUT for this event!

Fiesta De Vino Blanco – Spring Release Weekend (Walla Walla)

May 1st-3rd, 2015
At the Winery
Join us in May for our Fiesta de Vino Blanco during Spring Release Weekend! We are excited to introduce our newest whites and rosé! We’ll be pouring our 2014 Rosé of Syrah, 2014 White Mith, 2014 Chardonnay, and 2014 Riesling in addition to some of our favorite reds! On Saturday, Eddie Manzanares and Cafe Blanco will be performing all afternoon, and the Blue Valley Meats food truck will be onsite serving up the best locally sourced meats around! We also have some killer fiesta swag that you’ll want to check out before we’re cleared out.

Hope to see you then!

Winemaker’s Dinner @ Red Feather (Boise)

May 7, 2015
Red Feather Lounge, Boise ID. 
Owners Tom and Amy Glase will take guests through an exciting dinner complete with Balboa wine pairings. Call (208) 429-6340 for reservations and more details!

Wine Tasting @ Tastings (Boise)

May 8, 2015
Tastings Wine Bar / Market, Boise ID. 
Boise friends! Stop by Tastings in Southeast Boise on Friday, May 8th and enjoy some wine! Tom and Amy will be onsite to answer questions and take you through the line up. Find more info on Tastings here

Juniper Winemaker’s Brunch (Boise)

May 9, 2015
Juniper, Boise. 11:00 AM. 
Our last brunch with Juniper was a huge hit! Come by in May as Winemaker Tom Glase and the Juniper team take you through a three course meal complete with Balboa wine pairings. Brunch is $35 per person (including the opening cocktail!) Check out juniperon8th.com for more details and call 208-342-1142 for reservations. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine: Merlot (Walla Walla)

June 18-20, 2015
Walla Walla
Join over 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, three internationally known guest winemakers, and well known wine critics and experts in exploring one of the world’s most beloved and noble red wine grape varieties – Merlot. Contrast the growing conditions, wine styles and wines of the Walla Walla Valley with the Bordeaux region of France, Tuscany, Italy and Napa, California. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines, one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners and receptions with some of the Valley’s most acclaimed winemakers and much more! Find more info here. 

Celebrate 10 Years with Balboa Winery! (Walla Walla)

August 28th-30th, 2015
At/around the winery
Balboa is turning 10 this year, and we want you to come celebrate with us! The weekend-long event will include a Friday night reception, tours of our vineyard and winery, a winemaker’s dinner, a golf tournament and more. The party planning has just begun, but stay tuned for more details! 

Recent News

AWARD: Winners at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Balboa won two Double Golds at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – largest judging of American wines in the world! 

Double Golds
*2012 Estate Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $34
*2010 Estate Eidolon, Walla Walla Valley, $55

*Balboa Winery 2012 Pandemonium, Walla Walla Valley, $55
*Balboa Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40
*Balboa Winery 2011 Mith, Walla Walla Valley, $45

AWARD: Best of the Best, Winery of the Year, Walla Walla Valley

The Walla Walla Valley community voted Balboa Winery the best Washington winery in the Valley!  Walla Walla Union Bulletin. 

REVIEW: 2009 Wraith and 2009 Eidolon, Rand Sealey’s Review of WA Wine

2009 Balboa “Wraith” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($75)
This is a superb combination of 75% Syrah and 25% Malbec from the Pepper Bridge and Eidolon vineyards. Inky purplish colored, it emits a bold nose of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, black roses, lavender, and spiced incense. The flavors match the aromatics with deep full bore dark fruits, intermixed with black licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, and South Valley earth and minerals. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of distilled fruits, roasted berries and nuts, and crème de cassis, followed by a lingering sweet-dry tannin finish. This wine goes on and on from beginning to end. 19.5/20 points.

2009 Balboa “Eidolon” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($75)
This wine is composed of 37% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot from the Eidolon Estate Vineyard. It exhibits a deep ruby color and seductive aromas of black cherry, Damson plum and cassis, with scents of attar of rose, mulberry, black olive and black violets. On the palate, the dark fruit flavors are deep and full bore, layered with licorice, dark chocolate, French roast, and “Rocks” minerals. In the middle, the wine hits a “sweet spot” of squeezed berries, mocha and crème de cassis, followed by a long, sensuous, ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 19.5/20 points.

AWARD: 2011 Merlot “Best in Northwest,” SIP Magazine 2014

The panel of expert judges from SIP Magazine Northwest deemed the 2011 Mirage Vineyard Merlot the best in the Northwest after blindly judging hundreds of merlots from all over the region. Read more here.

REVIEW: 2009 Eidolon, Double Gold Medal at Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

The 2009 Eidolon won a double gold medal at the second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, meaning all four judges tasting gave it a gold. It was one of just six reds to be awarded a double gold. Judges at the invitational included some of the most influential wine professionals from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. These individuals nominated hundreds of wines from the Northwest, which were tasted blind over the course of several days. You can read more about the Competition here

REVIEW: 2012 Merlot, 2012 Cab Franc and 2012 Mith, Rand Sealey’s Review of WA Wine

2012 Balboa Winery Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, Summit View Vineyard ($30)

This is an attractively styled Merlot. It offers a brilliant ruby color and inviting aromas of raspberry, cherry, plum, cassis, rosebuds, mulberry, tobacco leaf and incense. The medium bodied flavors are engaging as well, with notes of red licorice, cocoa, black tea and silt/stone minerals. The back picks up pressed berry juices, roasted nuts, crème de cassis and dried cherries, followed by a lingering, ripe, supple sweet-dry tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.


2012 Balboa Winery Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, Summit View Vineyard ($40)

This is a top notch Cab Franc from a high elevation site (above Seven Hills) planted in 2009. It exhibits a deep ruby color and a rich, smoky nose of wild blackberry, cherry, plum, cassis, mulberry, tobacco, rubbed sage and smoldering incense. The medium full-bodied flavors mirror the aromatics with loads of ripe black and red fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans and basaltic earth. The chewy textured back picks up roasted berries and nuts, dried spiced cherries, touches of leather and toffee, followed by a lingering herb (rosemary, sage) and spice (nutmeg, clove) accented sweet-dry tannin finish. 19/20 points.


2012 Balboa Winery “Mith” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($45)

Produced from all estate vineyards, this is a combination of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 13% Merlot. It displays a nearly opaque ruby color and intense aromas of blackberry, Bing cherry, Damson plum and black currant, with scents of crushed black roses, juniper berry, sandalwood, sweet pipe tobacco, vanilla bean and smoldering incense. The wine’s sultry character continues on the palate with layers of full-bore dark fruit flavors that are intermixed with black licorice, bittersweet chocolate and basaltic minerals. The back reveals sensations of roasted berries and nuts, dried cherries, mocha, and crème de cassis, and marches directly on to a lingering, oak, spice and herb accented sweetish tannin finish. 19/20 points.


REVIEW: 94 Points – 2009 Eidolon, Wine & Spirits Magazine

2009 Eidolon – 94 Points

Read the full review in the August 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine. 

REVIEW: 2013 Chardonnay & 2013 Roussanne, Rand Sealey’s Review of WA Wine

2013 Balboa “Mith” Roussanne, Walla Walla Valley, Summit View Vineyard ($30)
This white shows a brilliant gold color and an attractive nose of Bosc pear, white peach, citrus and Crenshaw melon, with scents of honeysuckle, white lilac, and wafts of white incense. On the palate, the white fruit compote flavors are fresh and vivacious, imbued with notes of grape skin, peach pit, melon rind and stony minerals. The liveliness continues on the back with sensations of poire William liqueur, grapefruit peel and a touch of crème fraiche on the lingering, crisp finely fruit extract finish. As such, it gets a plus. 18.5+/20 points

2013 Balboa Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($30)
Brilliant greenish tinted gold colored, it gives off enticing aromas of granny apple, bosc pear, peach and citrus, with scents of apple and pear blossoms, acacia flowers (a Burgundian trait) and white incense. The flavors integrate the silky crispness of Conner-Lee, the Missoula floods minerality of French Creek and the creamy texture of Bacchus. The back picks up notes of peach stone, light vanilla oak and leesy grape skin. All this adds up to more than the sum of its parts. 19/20 points.

AWARD: Gold Medal, 2011 Estate Syrah, Great Northwest Wine

The 2013 Estate Syrah won gold at the 2014 Great Northwest Wine Competition. More details to follow!

AWARD: ‘Best in Show’ at Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

The 2010 Estate Syrah won ‘Best in Show’ at the inaugural  Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. Read more about the award and the competition on Great Northwest Wine.

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