Taste Walla Walla (Seattle)
February 9th, 2015
McCaw Hall. Trade tasting: 12:30-3:00 PM General Admission: 5:30-8:00 PM
Under one roof, you can sample a selection of wines from more than 50 of the Walla Walla Valley’s finest wineries. Mingle with principals and winemakers who will pour for you and answer your questions, while sharing their insights on the vintage and their current releases. Experience the commitment and passion that gives the renowned wine region of the Walla Walla Valley its energy and personality. This opportunity will enhance your understanding of the wines produced in this inviting corner of Washington State. It is an experience that will leave you wanting to visit our town and see the inner workings of a very special wine community. Our wineries are excited to bring the Walla Walla Valley tasting experience to Seattle. Visit this site for more information!
Trade and Media Tasting (New York)
February 24th, 2015
The Altman Building, New York City. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We’ll be pouring for members of the wine trade and media. Hope to see you there!
Taste Walla Walla (Portland)
March 2nd, 2015
Pure Space. Trade tasting: 12:30- 3:00 PM General Admission: 5:30- 8:00 PM
Portland friends – We are bringing Walla Walla to you! Guests to this event have the opportunity to sample wines from over 45 wineries and mingle with winemakers, principals and owners. Tickets and more information here
Taste Washington (Seattle)
March 28th and 29th, 2015
Century Link Field Event Center
Join us at the nation’s largest single region wine and food event! In addition to wine tasting, guests can enjoy samples from dozens of local restaurants. Click here for more information.
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 A Champion at SIP Magazine’s Best of the Northwest 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.
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