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.
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.