Balboa Winery 2013 Mith Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $55

By on August 10, 2017

Founding winemaker Tom Glase and acclaimed horticulturist Tom Waliser formed one of the Walla Walla Valley’s top teams with the launch of Balboa Winery in 2005. This Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend marks the 10th anniversary of their inaugural vintage, and their work with young Summit View Vineyard and estate Eidolon Vineyard is stunning. Cabernet Sauvignon (69%) takes the lead, yet the subtle influence of Cabernet Franc (17%) and structure from Merlot (14%) is profound. The 18 months in French oak barrels leads to aromas of toast, dark cherry, mint and bell pepper, backed by flavors of red currant, plum and black cherry with age-worthy tannins. Notes of milk chocolate and pomegranate combine to create a long finish. This earned a gold medal at the 2017 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, the fifth annual scholarship fundraiser for College Cellars.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 460 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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