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. 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. – Description from milana

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  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Jon,We (Canadians) had our Thanksgiving in October.  I had a Tamarack Cellars (Washington) Fire House Red.  I work tomorrow and Friday (just regular days here), so most likely won't be opening anything :( Read More

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  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

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  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    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 Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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

    Wine review by 849222cgplayer9 849222 cgplayer9


  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put ... balanced wines. 2012 Tamarack Cellars Viognier 13.4% $24 Sourced from Sagemoor Quince, candle wax, a hint of smokiness, earthy floral notes, saffron and a big ginseng, note come together on the nose.  A little sweetness greets the palate and while this retains decent ac... Read More

    From the article Which Wine in Walla Walla?


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    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% CarmenereQuite 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 entr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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    22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 6% Sangiovese, 3% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere, 1 % Grenache, 1%CounoiseEarthy, 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 si... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Spicebox 2011

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    50% Grenache, 30% Counoise, 20% syrahAromas of juicy, red, small berried fruit greets the nose framed by smoky hint of grilled meat and black soices. Rich and a little chewy in the mouth this shows more Syrah character up front with blue fruits and a spicy edge that has the voluminous texture of grenache. The fruit turns a bit redder in the mou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Ciel du Cheval Counoise 2011

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    No new oak,Earthy and bright on the nose with aromas vaguely reminiscent of mineral oil, blue flowers and plum skins with an earthy, inky base note. Soft, rich, and relatively lush in the mouth this packs in bright fruit, blue plums, in a bright and nervous style. Tannins are modest and the acid bright and zesty giving this medium bodied wine b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve 2009

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    82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 6% Petit VerdotTobacco, herbs, and bIue fruit greet the nose here though remain reticent and tight, Quite richly flavored onentry with bold vanilla tinged cherry and blueberry fruits wrapped up in a big, powerful, full bodied wine that is fairly tannic but with so much stuffing that it remains texturally seaml... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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