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.