Spring Release 2017
May 5-7, 2017
Balboa Winery, 10 AM – 4 PM
Stop by the winery this Spring Release Weekend to taste this year’s whites and rosé – the 2016 White Mith, 2016 Grüner Veltliner, and 2016 Rosé of Grenache!
Don’t miss out on the loads of new Balboa swag that will be arriving just in time!
We hope you’ve made plans to join us!
Taste Washington 2017
March 25-26, 2017
CenturyLink Event Center, 1:00 – 5:30 PM
Join us in Seattle at the 20th Annual Taste Washington Grand Tasting and try some of Balboa’s new releases. The event brings together nearly 300 wineries, over 70 restaurants and top national chefs.
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
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: 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver, 2009 Eidolon: Silver, 2010 BalBOA Constrictor: Silver, 2010 Mith: Silver.