Upcoming Events

Industry Night Featuring Fiasco Pizza

Join us for an Industry Party, celebrating another great harvest, our new partnership with Fiasco Pizza, and all of the hard work that goes into this industry!

Pizza and wine by the glass will be free for anyone in the wine industry, to introduce Tom Bennett’s Fiasco Pizza to the Walla Walla wine scene.

Monday October 22

5pm-8pm

 


Fall Release Weekend

Nov 2-4, 2018

At the Winery. 10 AM – 4 PM — Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the valley. Come enjoy the changing of the leaves with our new fall releases.

Featuring Fiasco Pizza Truck 11.30-4.00 on Saturday and Sunday- wood-fired pizzas handmade from fine ingredients imported from Italy


Holiday Barrel Weekend

December 7-9, 2018
At the Winery. 10 AM – 4 PM
Join us in Walla Walla for the annual Holiday Barrel Weekend! Enjoy samples of our newest wines straight from the barrel as our winemakers, Tom and Tyler, discuss this year’s harvest and answer any questions you may have about the winemaking process.



Recent News

REVIEW: Rand Sealey’s Review of Balboa New Fall Releases 2017

2014 Balboa “Once in a Blue Moon” Reserve Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley, Stone Valley Vineyard ($40)

From the “Tomadynamic” (Tom Glase, winemaker and Tom Waliser, grower) Series, this shows a deep ruby-garnet color and a smoldering nose of raspberry, cherry, plum, black roses, mulberry, tobacco, Spanish lavender, black violets and incense. The flavors are thick, ample and direct, typical of Tempranillo, with dark fruits that are infused with black licorice, dark cacao, chicory coffee and Rocks minerals. The intensity continues on the back with roasted berries and nuts, burnt mocha, toffee and graphite, followed by a lingering spice and herb dusted Rioja like dryish tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2013 Balboa Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Waliser Vineyard ($45)

This is another “Tomadynamic Series” bottling. It displays a deep ruby color and intense aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, Damson plum and cassis, with scents of crushed roses, mulberry, pipe tobacco, cedar and incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with deep, full bore dark fruits that are underlain with licorice, dark chocolate, French roast and Rocks minerals. The back picks up roasted berries and nuts, mocha, toffee, toasty oak (100% new) and pencil lead, followed by a long, savory herb and spice dusted sweet-dry tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2013 Balboa “Wraith” Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Eidolon Estate Vineyard ($55)

This 100% varietal wine boasts a deep ruby-garnet color and a smoldering nose of blackberries, cherries, plums, cassis, pressed rose petals, mulberry, tobacco, cedar, sandalwood, eucalyptus, olive and incense. The flavors are mouth filling and full bore, marked by notes of licorice, dark cocoa, Sumatra roast and Rocks minerals. The back reveals sensations of roasted berries and nuts, toffee and burnt charcoal, followed by a persistently minerally long, satiny, sweet-dry tannin finish. 19+/20 points.

2012 Balboa Eidolon Estate Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($55)

Composed of 37% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, with 13% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this exhibits a deep ruby-crimson color and an intoxicating nose of wild fruits – blackberries, cherries, plums, cassis – with scents of crushed roses, sweet tobacco, cedar, sandalwood and violets. The flavors, as well, are alluring yet well structured, with notes of licorice, dark cocoa, roasted coffee beans and distinct Rocks minerality. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of pressed berries, roasted walnuts, mocha and pulverized charcoal, all flowing seamlessly into a lingering, moderately oaked (30% new) complex finish. 19+/20 points.


REVIEW: Rand Sealey’s Review of Balboa Releases June 2017

2016 Balboa Rosé of Grenache, Walla Walla Valley ($20)

Light salmon colored, this Rosé possesses enticing aromas of pink peach, pomegranate, Rainier cherry and lavender. The flavors, as well, are appealing, with bright, nicely extracted fruits that are accented by grape skin, orange peel and minerals. The back picks up cherry and peach liqueurs, pomegranate seeds and dried orange peel, followed by a dry, lightly spiced finish. Evokes the sunny slopes of Provence. 18.5/20 points.

2016 Balboa Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, Bloxom Slope Vineyard ($20)

From a white grape originating in Austria, this wine shows a greenish gold color and intriguing aromas of Granny apple, Crenshaw melon, kiwi fruit, star anise, lemongrass and white pepper. The flavors, as well, are distinctive, with notes of celery stick, apple skin, melon rind, and saline minerals. The back picks up touches of bitter almond and lemon zest, followed by a crisp, dry finish.18+/20 points.

2016 Balboa “Mith” White Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($30)

This blend of 40% Viognier, 30% Roussanne and 15% each of Marsanne and Grenache Blanc offers a brilliant medium gold color and aromas of Asian pear-apple, white peach, honeysuckle, jasmine, gardenia and sassafras, with hints of fennel, wet stone and white incense. The flavors are bright and vivid, with notes of peach stone, crunchy pear skin and minerals. The back picks up pêche and poire liqueurs and touches of crème fraiche and hazelnut, followed by a crisp, persistently minerally, dry finish that is lifted by bright fruit acidity (6.6 g/L). 18.5/20 points.

2014 Balboa “Pandemonium” Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, Eidolon Estate Vineyard ($55)

This 100% Syrah exhibits a deep ruby-crimson color and intoxicating aromas of wild blackberries, mountain blueberries, black currants, crushed roses, lavender, sweet tobacco, orange peel and smoldering oriental incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with black and blue fruits that are infused with licorice, dark chocolate, Sumatra roast and minerals. On the back, the wine turns thick and chewy, with sensations of macerated berries, roasted walnuts, crème de cassis, spiced orange peel, kidskin and charcoal, followed by a lingering, spiced sweet-dry tannin finish. The range of flavors give it a plus. 19+/20 points. 

2014 Beresan Carmenère, Walla Walla Valley ($40)

This is a fine rendition of the “lost grape” of Bordeaux. It shows a deep ruby color and a rich, smoky nose of wild raspberries, Bing cherries, and Damson plums with scent of wild roses, bayberry, gardenia, sweet tobacco, cracked pepper and smoldering incense. The medium full bodied flavors are vivid and lavish, yet deep and focused, replete with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and mineral and loam earth. The sensuousness continues on the back with sensations of pressed berries, roasted nuts, framboise and cerise liqueurs, mocha and graphite, followed by a lingering sweetish tannin finish. As a vin de plaisir, this gets a plus. 18.5+/20 points.


Review: “Outstanding!” from Great Northwest Wine

We are pleased to announce that the following current releases were reviewed as “Outstanding” by Great Northwest Wine. Come to the tasting room to give them a try or order via our online store!

2016 Balboa Grüner Veltliner
“Their latest bottling seems on par with the stellar 2015, which earned a gold medal at last year’s Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.” See the full review here.

2014 Balboa Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre
“A slightly rustic approach to the palate leads to dark blue fruit and a mouth-coating structure that allows for density in the right places.” See the full review here.

2013 Balboa Mith 
“This Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend marks the 10th anniversary of their inaugural vintage, and their work with young Summit View Vineyard and estate Eidolon Vineyard is stunning.” See the full review here

2012 Beresan Cabernet Sauvignon
“One judge went so far as to describe it as “orgasmic,” and they were unanimous in awarding it a double gold at the fifth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.” See the full review here.


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! 

Double Golds
*2012 Estate Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $34
*2010 Estate Eidolon, Walla Walla Valley, $55

Silvers
*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. 


 
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