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AWARD: Balboa Ranks Among Region’s Top 50 Wines, Seattle Times
After a blind tasting of over 5,000 wines, the Seattle Times ranked our 2010 Estate Syrah among the top 50 wines from the Pacific Northwest! Check out the article here.
ARTICLE: 2009 BalBOA Constrictor is a Top Pick, WA Tasting Room Magazine
Washington Tasting Room Magazine ranked the 2009 BalBOA Constrictor as a top pick in their piece, “Washington VS. the World.”
REVIEW: 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: ‘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: July 2013 Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck
2009 Eidolon- 91 Points
The 2009 Eidolon shows the house suppleness and polish with a seamless, elegant mouthfeel that’s hard to resist. Coming all from the Eidolon Vineyard and a blend of 37% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot, it is a full-bodied, richly fruited effort that offers up plenty of cassis, chocolate, espresso and ripe herb aromas and flavors as well as a supple, moderately concentrated mid-palate and a clean finish. Enjoy it over the coming decade. Drink now-2023.
2009 Mith – 91 Points
Also outstanding, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mith is slightly more reserved and classic, with floral-laced notions of black fruits, spice box, sandalwood and licorice giving way to a medium to full-bodied, supple and beautifully polished mouthfeel. Open knit and drinking beautifully (and hiding the warmth of the vintage nicely), it will continue to impress for another 5- 7 years. Drink now to 2020.
2008 Pandemonium – 90 Points
Inky purple in color and loaded with layers of fruit and texture, the 2008 Pandemonium is 100% Syrah and comes from block 19 of the Pepper Bridge Vineyard. Sage brush, black currants, smoke, blackberry and hints of pepper all emerge from the glass and on the palate, the wine is rich, full-bodied and beautifully textured. Downright fun to drink, with no hard edges and a knockout texture, this beauty will impress for another 7-8 years or so. Drink now-2020.
2012 Roussanne (White Mith) – 89 Points
A solid effort, the 2012 Roussanne Mith offers up a lively, fresh array of citrus, big minerality, apple and brioche on the nose. Medium-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant and classy, with integrated acidity, it’s a delicious white that deserves a classy meal. Overall, it’s slightly straightforward, yet offers excellent purity of fruit and depth. It will drink nicely for 4-5 years. Drink now-2019.
ARTICLE: The Gameological Questionare with Bungie President Harold Ryan
Looking for a wine to drink while you’re gaming?
In an interview with the Gameological Society, Harold Ryan, president of gaming company Bungie, stated that Balboa’s Mith pairs best with Bungie’s new game, Destiny. Read about it here.
REVIEW: 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon & 2010 Estate Syrah, Thomas Price Master Sommelier
2010 Balboa Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($34)
This gorgeous cabernet from a select block of the Eidolon Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley shows magenta and ruby color in the glass, flowing with a lifted nose of violet, star anise and soft red raspberry… On the palate, more blackberry and current tones come forward with cedar, black olive and a perfect accent of clove, baking spice and vanilla. The Eidolon site’s signature white stone minerality carries the long finish. Beautiful power and focus without being heavy or oak dominated…A stunner! Try it with something tasty off the grill, like Prime Rib or a slow cooked Leg of Lamb!
2010 Balboa Estate Syrah ($34)
This Syrah from the B5 block of the Eidolon Vineyard is my favorite version of the varietal from any producer I’ve tasted thus far from the 2010 vintage! A vibrant red and purple color in the glass leans into beautiful bold aromatic notes of bright red plum, red cherry, savory herb, white pepper and red flowers on the nose. The palate is bursting with raspberry, plum and currant flavors, with tones of light applewood smoke, clove and white pepper carrying the long finish. Simply put, this wine ROCKS! Have it by itself or with some Carnitas from your nearest taco truck or spicy Asian fare!
REVIEW: 2010 Estate Syrah, Wine Spectator
Dark and focused, with firm texture supporting a lithe core of minerally blackberry, tar, and black pepper flavors. Juicy finish. Best after 2014. 400 cases made. 90 points -Harvey Steiman winespectator.com
ARTICLE: Walla Walla’s Eleven Most Entertaining Tasting Rooms
Eater Seattle named Balboa one of Walla Walla’s eleven “liveliest” and least judgmental tasting rooms.
“This family-run winery is a great stop for folks wine tasting with the whole brood. There are dogs to play with, golf on the flat screens, lively art pieces and plenty of room to run amok. Winemaker Tom Glase and his wife Amy, whose artwork graces the walls, welcome guests with the open arms of folks you’d think you had known for years. Think of it as a Walla Walla home away away from home, just with a way better wine selection.” -Zibby Wilder, Eater.com
REVIEW: 2009 Wraith and 2009 Eidolon, Rand Sealey
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.