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AWARD: 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver, 2009 Eidolon: Silver, 2010 BalBOA Constrictor: Silver, 2010 Mith: Silver. 

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: 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!

REVIEW: 2010 Estate Syrah, Wine Spectator

Dark and focused, with firm texture supporting a lithe core of minerally blackberry, tar, and black pepper flavors. Juicy finish. Best after 2014. 400 cases made. 90 points -Harvey Steiman winespectator.com

ARTICLE: Walla Walla’s Eleven Most Entertaining Tasting Rooms

Eater Seattle named Balboa one of Walla Walla’s eleven “liveliest” and least judgmental tasting rooms. 

“This family-run winery is a great stop for folks wine tasting with the whole brood. There are dogs to play with, golf on the flat screens, lively art pieces and plenty of room to run amok. Winemaker Tom Glase and his wife Amy, whose artwork graces the walls, welcome guests with the open arms of folks you’d think you had known for years. Think of it as a Walla Walla home away away from home, just with a way better wine selection.” –Zibby Wilder, Eater.com

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.

REVIEW: Rand Sealey

Rand Sealey gave these Balboa wines “exceptional” scores on a scale of 20: 2009 Balboa Estate Syrah – 18.5 points, 2009 Balboa Estate Malbec – 18.5 points, 2008 Balboa Reserve Red – 18.5 points, 2008 Balboa “Constrictor” Red Blend – 18.5+ points, 2011 Balboa Chardonnay – 18 points, 2009 Balboa Reserve Red Wine – 18.5 points, 2009 Balboa “Pandemonium” Syrah – 19 points.

REVIEW: 2008 Malbec, Wine Advocate

“The 2008 Malbec Estate comes from their 10-year-old vineyard in Milton Freewater. It gives up an alluring bouquet of cedar, spice box, lavender, black cherry, and black currant. This sets the stage for a ripe, layered, succulent wine built for immediate gratification. Drink this juicy, uncomplicated effort over the next 4-5 years.” –Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com

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