2011 Balboa “Wraith” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Eidolon Vineyard ($55)

Semi opaque purplish ruby colored, this wine emits intense aromas of wild blackberries, mountain blueberries, and old tree cherries, attar of rose, tobacco, sandalwood and incense. The dark fruit flavors are almost massive, laser-like in focused, marked by notes of licorice, dark chocolate, black roast coffee and Rocks minerals. The back reveals sensations of macerated berries, roasted walnuts, kirsch, crème de cassis, leather and toasty oak, culminating in a lingering, dryish yet ripe tannin finish. This wine will age beautifully for 10+ years. 19+/20 points.

2013 Balboa Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Eidolon Estate Vineyard ($40)

This is a deep, direct and classically styled 100% Cabernet. It shows a deep ruby color and an intense nose of blackberry, dark cherry and black currant with scents of crushed roses, bayberry, tobacco, sandalwood and smoldering incense. The flavors, as well, are bold and well-structured, marked by notes of licorice, dark chocolate, French roast and “Rocks” cobblestones and earth. The back reveals sensations of macerated berries, roasted chestnuts, toffee, crème de cassis and graphite, all leading into a lingering ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2013 Balboa “Mith” Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($45)

Composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot from the Eidolon and Summit View vineyards in the Rocks. It exhibits a deep ruby color and an intense nose of blackberry, black cherry and black currant, with scents of crushed roses, sweet tobacco, sandalwood, rosemary and incense. The dark fruit flavors mirror the aromatics with notes of licorice, dark chocolate, Sumatra roast and Rocks cobblestone minerals. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of roasted berries and nuts, kirsch and crème de cassis, and graphite, all leading smoothly into a lingering, persistently minerally ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2014 Balboa Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ($40)

This is an earthy, smoky style of Cab Franc, resembling that of a Chinon from the Loire Valley. Deep ruby colored, it emits aromas of raspberry, cherry, plum, dried roses, cedar, tobacco, rosemary and incense. The flavors are medium bodied, yet thick and chewy, intermixed with red licorice, cocoa, black tea and minerals. The back picks up pressed berries, grilled nut meats, framboise and kirsch liqueurs and graphite, followed by a slightly herbal (cardamom, sage) moderate tannin and acid finish. 18.5+/20 points.

2014 Balboa “GSM” Red Wine, Columbia Valley ($55)

Composed of one-third each of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this exhibits a deep, brilliant ruby color and an intoxicating nose of wild blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate and cassis, with scents of crushed roses, garrigue, tobacco, incense and violets. The flavors, as well, are seductive, with lavish, yet focused, black and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa, dark roast and minerally earth. The back reveals sensations of pressed berries, roasted walnuts, toffee, dried orange peel, burnt leaves and charcoal, followed by a long, spice and herb dusted ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points.

2014 Balboa Mourvèdre, Red Mountain, Canyon Vineyard ($55)

Deep crimson-ruby colored, this wine emits a rich, spicy, smoky nose of wild blackberries, huckleberries, black currants, mulberry, tobacco, spiced incense and cracked pepper. The flavors mirror the aromatics with deep, penetrating dark fruits that are intermixed with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, Sumatra roast and Red Mountain scorched earth. The back picks up roasted berries and nuts, mocha, toffee and burnt charcoal, followed by a long spiced (nutmeg, clove) and herbed sweet-dry tannin finish. 19/20 points.