Taste Washington! (Seattle)
March 29th-30th, 2014
CenturyLink Event Center Seattle, WA. VIP: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, General Admission 2:00 PM-5:00 PM.
Balboa will be pouring at the nation’s largest single region wine and food event! Learn more at tastewashington.org.
Roost Home Trunk Show during Tom’s Birthday Weekend (Walla Walla)
April 4th-6th, 2014
At the winery. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Join us during Cayuse Release Weekend (or Tom’s Birthday Weekend, as we call it) for our Roost Home Trunk Show! We will have all sorts of home accessories, in addition to a slew of gorgeous new wines! Check out our facebook event page for photos.
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’ve got some other plans in the works, and will keep you posted…We hope you can joins 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, Waggiest Tail, 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: 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: 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
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!