Fall Release Weekend (Walla Walla)
November 7th-9th, 2014
At Balboa. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Fall Release is always one of the most exciting times here at Balboa and we hope you can join us! Stay tuned for more details…
Fall Release Winemaker’s Dinner with The Food Studio (Walla Walla ) – Sold Out
November 8th, 2014
Saturday at Balboa. 6:30 PM.
We are excited to announce that Chef Daniel Wendell of The Food Studio in Bozeman, Montana will be preparing a many-course dinner on Saturday night of Fall Release Weekend. Chef Wendell will be pairing his creative plates with our new releases.
Seahawks Wine Club Pick Up Party – Fall Release (Walla Walla)
November 9th, 2014
Sunday at the winery. Starts around 1:00 PM
Ringside Club – Join us during Fall Release Weekend for our Seahawks pick-up party! We’ll have the Seahawks – Giants game on, and members can try some of our new fall releases, limited edition wines, and enjoy Tom’s famous french dip sandwiches! Plus, you can pick up or pick out your Fall club shipment. Please RSVP by November 1st.
Holiday Barrel Weekend (Walla Walla)
December 5th – 7th, 2014
At the Winery
Come visit us for Holiday Barrel Weekend! This annual event, held the first full weekend of December, is certain to inspire your holiday spirit. In the barrel room, Winemaker Tom Glase and Assistant Winemaker Tyler Grennan will provide guests with samples of future releases straight from the barrel. Guests are also invited to taste new and current releases in the tasting room. We will have all kinds of fun things going on, so stay tuned for more info!
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: 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 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.
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.
REVIEW: 91 Points – 2009 Mith Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
2009 Mith- 91 Points
Fresh and vibrant, with inviting ripe currant and blueberry flavors, wrapped in a veil of fine tannins and hints of smoke and cocoa. Finishes with intensity. Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. 180 cases made. - Harvey Steiman
AWARD: Silver Medal, 2011 Estate Syrah, Savor NW
The 2011 Estate Syrah won a Silver medal at the 2014 SavorNW Wine Awards. Check it out here.
REVIEW: 2013 Rosé of Syrah, Sean Sullivan WA Wine Report
2013 Rosé of Syrah, “Excellent”
“A single vineyard rosé from down in The Rocks for $20? Yes! A very pretty pale strawberry color, it’s lightly aromatic with cherry and strawberry. The palate is dry and full bodied with a rich, rounded feel but without ever seeming overweighted. It’s tart and citrusy with an orange peel finish.” – Sean Sullivan. See full article here
REVIEW: 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2010 BalBOA Constrictor, Rand Sealy
2011 Balboa Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ($40)
Deep ruby colored, this wine emits enticing aromas of cherries, plums, and currants, with scents of crushed roses, mulberry, cigar tobacco and violets. The medium full-bodied flavors are equally inviting, with the red and blue fruits enveloping the palate, intermixed with licorice, cocoa, mocha and silty earth minerals. On the back, the wine turns ripe and chewy, with sensations of squeezed berry juices, kirsch liqueur, crème de cassis, and touches of dried orange peel, grape skin and graphite, followed by a ripe, lightly spiced, sweet-dry tannin finish. This wine recalls a Loire Cabernet Franc such as a Chinon. 18.5/20 points.
2010 Balboa “Constrictor” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($36)
Composed of 75% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec from the Eidolon and Pepper Bridge vineyards, this wine offers a purplish ruby color and rich aromas of wild raspberries, huckleberries, pomegranates, black roses, mulberry, tobacco, lavender and thyme. On the palate, the dark fruits are well saturated, marked by notes of cocoa, powder, roasted coffee beans and gravel and silt minerals. The back picks up macerated berries, spiced cherries, and framboise liqueur, followed by a squeeze of pomegranate juice and grindings of nutmeg and clove on the savory, satisfying sweet-dry tannin finish. 18.5+/20 points.