Taste Washington 2017
March 25-26, 2017
CenturyLink Event Center, 1:00 – 5:30 PM
Join us in Seattle at the 20th Annual Taste Washington Grand Tasting and try some of Balboa’s new releases. The event brings together nearly 300 wineries, over 70 restaurants and top national chefs.
Spring Release 2017
May 5-7, 2017
Balboa Winery, 10 AM – 4 PM
Stop by the winery this Spring Release Weekend to taste this year’s whites and rosé – the 2016 White Mith, 2016 Grüner Veltliner, and 2016 Rosé of Grenache!
Don’t miss out on the loads of new Balboa swag that will be arriving just in time!
We hope you’ve made plans to join us!
REVIEW: Wine & Spirits Magazine
2012 Wraith Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 points
2012 Walla Walla Valley Wraith Eidolon Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($55)
Still youthful, this weighty 2012 cabernet has a scent of cassis giving way to darker, more fig-like fruit. The flavors reflect the warmth of that vintage, while the core of fruit is supported by a lively acid structure. (100 cases)
2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 points
2013 Walla Walla Valley Eidolon Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
Eidolon is an 18-acre vineyard set among the rocks in Walla Walla, where the cabernet vines provide fruit with a darkly umami savor. It leads with a scent of violets and licorice, the flavor’s impossibly inky and saturated at first, until that density starts to relent and savory tannins guide the wine with a firm hand. Cellar, decant and serve with steak. (540 cases)
2013 Mith, 94 points
2013 Walla Walla Valley Mith ($45)
A blend of about two-thirds cabernet sauvignon, with cabernet franc and merlot, this wine maintains its freshness in an otherwise warm vintage. Its scents of violet pastilles and anise are inky but not overwrought. The flavors are concentrated but there’s enough lift to carry the wine, and fine, dusty tannins point to a long life in the cellar. (420 cases)
REVIEW: Rand Sealey’s Review of Balboa New Releases
2011 Balboa “Wraith” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Eidolon Vineyard ($55)
Semi opaque purplish ruby colored, this wine emits intense aromas of wild blackberries, mountain blueberries, and old tree cherries, attar of rose, tobacco, sandalwood and incense. The dark fruit flavors are almost massive, laser-like in focused, marked by notes of licorice, dark chocolate, black roast coffee and Rocks minerals. The back reveals sensations of macerated berries, roasted walnuts, kirsch, crème de cassis, leather and toasty oak, culminating in a lingering, dryish yet ripe tannin finish. This wine will age beautifully for 10+ years. 19+/20 points.
2013 Balboa Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Eidolon Estate Vineyard ($40)
This is a deep, direct and classically styled 100% Cabernet. It shows a deep ruby color and an intense nose of blackberry, dark cherry and black currant with scents of crushed roses, bayberry, tobacco, sandalwood and smoldering incense. The flavors, as well, are bold and well-structured, marked by notes of licorice, dark chocolate, French roast and “Rocks” cobblestones and earth. The back reveals sensations of macerated berries, roasted chestnuts, toffee, crème de cassis and graphite, all leading into a lingering ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 19/20 points.
2013 Balboa “Mith” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($45)
Composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot from the Eidolon and Summit View vineyards in the Rocks. It exhibits a deep ruby color and an intense nose of blackberry, black cherry and black currant, with scents of crushed roses, sweet tobacco, sandalwood, rosemary and incense. The dark fruit flavors mirror the aromatics with notes of licorice, dark chocolate, Sumatra roast and Rocks cobblestone minerals. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of roasted berries and nuts, kirsch and crème de cassis, and graphite, all leading smoothly into a lingering, persistently minerally ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points.
2014 Balboa Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ($40)
This is an earthy, smoky style of Cab Franc, resembling that of a Chinon from the Loire Valley. Deep ruby colored, it emits aromas of raspberry, cherry, plum, dried roses, cedar, tobacco, rosemary and incense. The flavors are medium bodied, yet thick and chewy, intermixed with red licorice, cocoa, black tea and minerals. The back picks up pressed berries, grilled nut meats, framboise and kirsch liqueurs and graphite, followed by a slightly herbal (cardamom, sage) moderate tannin and acid finish. 18.5+/20 points.
2014 Balboa “GSM” Red Wine, Columbia Valley ($55)
Composed of one-third each of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this exhibits a deep, brilliant ruby color and an intoxicating nose of wild blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate and cassis, with scents of crushed roses, garrigue, tobacco, incense and violets. The flavors, as well, are seductive, with lavish, yet focused, black and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa, dark roast and minerally earth. The back reveals sensations of pressed berries, roasted walnuts, toffee, dried orange peel, burnt leaves and charcoal, followed by a long, spice and herb dusted ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points.
2014 Balboa Mourvèdre, Red Mountain, Canyon Vineyard ($55)
Deep crimson-ruby colored, this wine emits a rich, spicy, smoky nose of wild blackberries, huckleberries, black currants, mulberry, tobacco, spiced incense and cracked pepper. The flavors mirror the aromatics with deep, penetrating dark fruits that are intermixed with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, Sumatra roast and Red Mountain scorched earth. The back picks up roasted berries and nuts, mocha, toffee and burnt charcoal, followed by a long spiced (nutmeg, clove) and herbed sweet-dry tannin finish. 19/20 points.
REVIEW: 2013 Pandemonium earns 90 Points in Wine Spectator
“Supple and expressive, with pepper and black olive overtones to the licorice and blackberry flavors, coming together smoothly and harmoniously on the finish. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2020. -H.S.”
REVIEW: 2012 MITH earns 93 Points in Wine Spectator
“Broad and generous, this is ripe, with pure purple plum and blackberry flavors at the center. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. -HS”
REVIEW: 2012 Cabernet Franc, 91 points
91 Points – 2012 Cabernet Franc, Summit View Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley ($40) – Wine and Spirits
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!
*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.