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Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Blueberry yogurt ish on the nose, this does show additional notes of brewed herbs, tobacco, and a bit of cedar. Tight if a bit sweet on entry with a midpalate that is firm and rich with ripe black currant and blueberry flavors. A but four square and bit chunky, the word here sticks out a bit and cuts the finish a bit short. This should improve and probably is quite popular though it’s not my style. 88pts

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Tamarack Cellars:
Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars is dedicated to the production of small lot, hand-crafted wines from select vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Rattle Snake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley appellations. The winery is located in a restored WW II fire station and barracks at the Walla Walla Airport Complex. Pro... Read more
Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars is dedicated to the production of small lot, hand-crafted wines from select vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Rattle Snake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley appellations. The winery is located in a restored WW II fire station and barracks at the Walla Walla Airport Complex. Production began in 1998 and is currently up to 12,000 cases for the 2008 vintage. Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, DuBrul Vineyard Reserve, Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, and Firehouse Red. Ron Coleman serves as winemaker and general manager. He comes to the job after a long career in the wine industry with experience in wholesale and retail sales, as a sommelier, and through cellar work for Waterbrook and Canoe Ridge wineries. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065233,910
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/03/2014

Blueberry yogurt ish on the nose, this does show additional notes of brewed herbs, tobacco, and a bit of cedar. Tight if a bit sweet on entry with a midpalate that is firm and rich with ripe black currant and blueberry flavors. A but four square and bit chunky, the word here sticks out a bit and cuts the finish a bit short. This should improve and probably is quite popular though it’s not my style. 88pts


Member Reviews for Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,344
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/16/2017

Big wine, bold fruit with spice, mocha, tannins that flush up to a dark cherry finish that is lengthy and satisfying.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065233,910
4.40 5
Vintage: 2010 03/03/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/11/2011

Very tight nose, it didn't give up much. On the palate, it's dense, focused and juicy. Flavors of blackberry and currant with a savory core. It's earthy with big tannins. Very full bodied. I recommend more time to let it integrate more fully.


Snooth User: neubs
42623119
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/24/2008

Average. I have had many great Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla and this is not one of them, in my opinion.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/15/2009

Dark red. Spicy peanut butter nose. Light-medium tannins, medium acid, medium-light body. Kool Aid. Light pepper. Quaffer, but interesting enough.


Snooth User: peterangelo
9766529
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 11/15/2008

I give this one a 4.o because my father really though it was great, personally I think the firehouse red is an even better tasting wine, Had this wine with Grass fed Steak (once you try grass fed, there is no going back to corn/grain feed). Anyhow Don't remeber the vintage I drink, think it was 2004, but I don't really think you can go wrong with any wine from Tamarack cellars,


External Reviews for Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2013 12/11/2016

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/25/2016

Tasting Notes: Full bodied with black currant jam, honey glazed dates and black peppered seasoned T-bone steak aromas intertwined with piercing boysenberry, rosemary rack of lamb, balsamic, blue cheese, bacon wrapped figs and intriguing tannins extended out over an intricate and balanced finish. Winemaking: Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked for 24 to 72 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentations. The individual lots of wine that comprise the Cabernet Sauvignon are kept separate for at least one year before they are blended. Vintage: A warm summer led to an early start to harvest, followed by a stretch of lower than average temperatures in late September that slowed ripening so grapes hung longer without sugars skyrocketing, providing balance, more flavor development and concentration. A long but successful harvest! Cooperage: 100% French oak, 65% new and 35% 2nd and 3rd vintage barrels from select coopers and a variety of tight grain French oak forests with the wine aging in barrel for 22 months. Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 11/04/2014

Tasting Notes:Full bodied with black currant jam, honey glazed dates and black peppered seasoned T-bone steak aromas intertwined with piercing boysenberry, rosemary rack of lamb, balsamic, blue cheese, bacon wrapped figs and intriguing tannins extended out over an intricate and balanced finish. - WineryBlend:86% Cabernet Sauvignon6% Merlot8% Cabernet FrancCooperage:100% French oak, 65% new and 35% 2nd and 3rd vintage barrels from select coopers and a variety of tight grain French oak forests with the wine aging in barrel for 24 months. Winemaking:Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked for 24 to 72 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentations. The individual lots of wine that compose the Cabernet Sauvignon are kept separate for at least one year before they are blended.Vintage:A cold spring put the grapes way behind at bloom, set and veraison. A mild summer with weeks of ideal grape ripening conditions began to catch the fruit up but harvest still began 4 weeks later than normal. The weather was gorgeous through harvest, the first freeze not arriving until Thanksgiving, well after the finish of our harvest.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/16/2017

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 01/13/2015

A fabulous success in the vintage, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is an age worthy effort that gives up classic currant and plum styled fruits, licorice, earth and lead pencil shavings to go with a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and layered profile on the palate. Opening up a time in the glass and showing impressive mid-palate depth and fine tannin on the finish, it can be consumed anytime over the coming 10 to 12 years.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 02/25/2014

Tasted from multiple barrels and a step up in terms of concentration and structure, the inky colored 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has knockout aromas of black currant, graphite, violet and charcoal to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully textured mouthfeel. Possessing juicy acidity and ripe tannin, it will be approachable on release and have 8-10 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2014-2021. - Robert Parker 90-93 Points Full bodied with ripe scents of black currant and violets, rich aromas of caramel intertwined with lively acidity and bright fruit, dark chocolate and velvety tannins stretched out over a lengthy finish . Of all the Tamarack reds, this shows the most length, complexity and balance. - Winery


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 01/13/2015

This red is open-textured and inviting, with fine tannins blanketing the expressive currant, pomegranate and rose petal flavors, lingering easily on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2020.


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