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Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage.

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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 Firehouse Red

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.50 5
03/03/2014

29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 3% Sangiovese, 2% Grenache, 2% Cinsault, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre, 1% Carmenere Quite interesting aromatically with nuanced chocolate, game meat, and tobacco notes adding detail to the core of blueberry and black berry fruit. Bright and fresh on entry, this is a plump little wine with gentle ivy and oak shadings adding a dash of complexity over the core of juicy fruit rather fruit driven, and nicely so, there are nice fine tannins here adding a little depth on the palate and fine acidity keeping the long red fruited finish zesty and bright. A lovely BBQ or burger wine. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/03/2014

22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 6% Sangiovese, 3% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere, 1 % Grenache, 1%Counoise Earthy, floral and perfumed on the nose with little minty accents to the core of blackberry and blueberry fruit Plump and juicy in the mouth, the tannins here are a bit on the rough side lending this a bit of a rustic feel. The palate shows tart red fruit that’s a bit strawberry toned in a generally earthy style. 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/16/2012

Warm, spicy and a bit hot on the nose with chocolate shavings and cigar box notes accenting red raspberry and strawberry fruit. Soft on entry and nicely filled out with boisterous fruit and oak flavors in the big yet still transparent frame. This offers up nice, slightly jammy, slightly chewy fruit in a fun to drink style that finishes a touch coarsely but delivers a lot of flavor. 89pts


Member Reviews for Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.40 5
03/03/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,522
5.00 5
08/16/2014

This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.30 5
Vintage: 2011 03/03/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: cgplayer9
8492221,032
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/26/2014

Good blend of blackberry and black cherry, complimented by vibrant acidity with subtle earthy spice notes; fine tannins, moderate finish.


Snooth User: yhuuilp
64752538
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 10/20/2012

Starts light and fruity, then ends with a pepper bang. Stood right up to this (excellent) pot roast...http://m.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Braised-Italian-Style-Pot-Roast-51119610


Snooth User: Sara Weinbrom
1024273727
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 04/30/2012

Dark fruits, with a bit of spice and leathery/earthy flavors. Very smooth. Enjoyed this one a lot!


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 04/14/2012

earthy smoky nose with peppery notes on the palate, dark earthy bold fruit flavors. great for under $20!


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External Reviews for Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/19/2015

Tasting Notes: Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage. - Winery Blend: 29% Cabernet Sauvignon 22% Syrah 22% Merlot 11% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec 3% Sangiovese 2% Grenache 2% Cinsault 1% Petit Verdot 1% Counoise 1% Mourvèdre and 1% Carmenere Cooperage: The wine is on 40% new oak barrels, mostly French and American oak with a compliment of Eastern European oak for 16 months. Winemaking: Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into small 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked a minimum of 48 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel, where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentation. Vintage: After two consecutive years of cooler vintages, normal harvest conditions were prevalent in 2012. Hot days, cool nights and plentiful sun stuck around all summer and throughout harvest. This weather allowed for leisurely ripening which permitted long hang times producing balanced and elegant wines. pH: 3.62 TA: 0.60 Alcohol: 13.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Tasting Notes:Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage. - WineryBlend:29% Cabernet Sauvignon22% Syrah22% Merlot11% Cabernet Franc5% Malbec3% Sangiovese2% Grenache2% Cinsault 1% Petit Verdot1% Counoise1% Mourvèdre and 1% CarmenereCooperage: The wine is on 40% new oak barrels, mostly French and American oak with a compliment of Eastern European oak for 16 months.Winemaking:Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into small 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked a minimum of 48 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel, where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentation.Vintage:After two consecutive years of cooler vintages, normal harvest conditions were prevalent in 2012. Hot days, cool nights and plentiful sun stuck around all summer and throughout harvest. This weather allowed for leisurely ripening which permitted long hang times producing balanced and elegant wines.pH: 3.62TA: 0.60Alcohol: 13.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/13/2013

Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage. - WineryBlend:• 22% Cabernet Sauvignon• 24% Syrah• 26% Merlot• 10% Cabernet Franc• 5% Malbec• 6% Sangiovese• 3% Zinfandel• 1% Petit Verdot• 1% Carmenere• 1 % Grenache and 1%CounoiseCooperage: The wine is on 40% new oak barrels, mostly French and American oak with a compliment of Eastern European oak for 16 months.pH: 3.72TA: 0.57Alcohol: 13.8%


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/11/2012

Established in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman in a WWII era Air base Firehouse, Tamarack Cellars has since built a strong reputation for making elegant,structured and very well balanced wines at a fair price. Ron is specializes in Bordeaux styles reds.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 05/11/2011

Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red Columbia Valley 2009 750ML


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/08/2011

Tamarack 08 Firehouse Red


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 03/03/2010

WE: 88 Points RP: 87 Points WS: 87 Points


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Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage.

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