Fiesta de Vino Blanco – Spring Release Weekend (Walla Walla)
May 2nd-4th, 2014
At Balboa. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Spring Release is always one of the most exciting times here at Balboa. We will be pouring some stunning new wines, including our 2013 Rosé, 2013 Riesling, 2013 Chardonnay, and 2013 Roussanne. As always, Beresan and Balboa will be providing complimentary tacos to wine tasters from the El Taco Loco truck (Saturday only). We are also excited to announce that Eddie Manzanares and Cafe Blanco will be performing again this year. We hope you can join us!
Celebrate Walla Walla: SYRAH (Walla Walla)
June 19th-21st, 2014
At Winery and Around Walla Walla.
Join over 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, three internationally known guest winemakers, and well known wine critics in exploring one of the world’s most distinct red wine grape varieties – Syrah. Contrast the growing conditions, wine styles and wines of the Walla Walla Valley with the Rhone Region of France, Australia and California. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines, one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners, and receptions with some of the Valley’s most awarded winemakers and much more!
Balboa’s Best in Show (Walla Walla)
June 14, 2014
At Balboa. 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM.
Join us for our second annual ‘Best in Show’ dog show! This afternoon of four-legged revelry will feature classes for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and pedigree. Our celebrity judges will be evaluating dogs in categories such as Golden Oldie, Best Puppy, and Best Catch. Andrae’s Kitchen will be onsite once again serving up hot dog- inspired fare, and all profits from the event will benefit the Blue Mountain Humane Society. Spectators are in encouraged as well! We had a blast last year, and we hope you can join us this June!
Barn Dance (Walla Walla)
July 26, 2014
At Balboa/Beresan. 6:00-10:00 P.M.
Once again, we are throwing a good old-fashioned barn dance! We are happy to announce that Les Vaughn & Fenderbenders will again be performing. Plus, we will be pouring some of our favorite wines! You won’t want to miss out on Walla Walla’s biggest hoedown of the summer…
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: 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.
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.
AWARD: 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver, 2009 Eidolon: Silver, 2010 BalBOA Constrictor: Silver, 2010 Mith: Silver.
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