Tamarack Cellars

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
People: Ron Coleman, Owner & Winemaker | Danny Gordon, Assistant Winemaker

Items

Tamarack Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login AG 87 WS 88 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2016 Rose of Mouvedre, Columbia Valley New! Login In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope Login WS 89 AG 89 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WS 92 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2014 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley Login WS 89 AG 88 In Stock

Whether it's their highly acclaimed ‘Firehouse Red’ or one of their limited-production single vineyard reserve blends, Tamarack's wines offer a delicious expression of Washington vineyards' style and elegance.

Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars' first vintage consisted of 300 cases of Merlot. The goal was to make elegant, balanced, delicious wines and offer them at a fair price. Years later, and now up to 20,000 cases each year, the focus remains the same. Tamarack buys grapes from select vineyards in Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley. The wines are made barrel by barrel. The winery is located in a restored WW II fire station and barracks at the Walla Walla Airport Complex.

Ron Coleman began his career in the wine business in Seattle as a wine wholesaler. Upon Jamie’s medical school graduation and a subsequent move for residency to Milwaukee, WI, Ron shifted gears and worked as a sommelier at the Pfister Hotel and as a retail wine store manager. In 1993, they moved to Walla Walla so Jamie could be a small town doctor, and Ron could learn to make wine. After some stints as a cellar rat at Waterbrook and then Canoe Ridge, the next step was their own winery.

Danny Gordon is the Assistant Winemaker at Tamarack Cellars. He started at Tamarack Cellars in 1999. His duties include the hands-on daily winemaking decisions, special events participation and outside sales. Martin Ibarra is the Cellar Manager of Tamarack Cellars. Martin Ibarra helps Dan Gordon with the daily hands-on wine work and maintaining the winery grounds. Martin has been with Tamarack since May of 2002.

Jen Dunnuck, Wine Advocate 6/2013
"Located in Walla Walla and founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Colman, with the wines now made by Danny Gordan, this first-rate estate fashions classic, age-worthy wines that over deliver for the price. While I tasted the majority of the bottled wines in Colorado, all of the reserve efforts were tasted from barrel during my visit to the winery. This is an estate to watch, and I came away more than a little impressed."


Voted Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits in 2009

Firehouse Red Voted Top 100 Wines of 2010 for Wine Spectator Magazine

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Reviews

  • Tamarack 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (4/1/2016)

    Broad and generous, with expressive black cherry, plum, smoke and pepper flavors on a sleek structure, a light veil of tannins wrapping up the long finish. Drink now through 2023.
  • Tamarack 2014 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2016)

    Polished and expressive, with minty overtones to the dark berry flavors, hinting at chocolate as the smooth finish persists. Drink now through 2021.
  • Tamarack 2014 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (12/15/2016)

    Ripe and generous, with dark plum and chocolate flavors balanced against red pepper and violet overtones. Finishes with firm tannins and good length.
  • Tamarack 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 87 (11/30/2016)

    Medium straw-yellow. Ripe nectarine, apricot and spices on the nose. A slightly sweet style of Chardonnay with modest depth and intensity and a bit of CO2 spritz to its stone fruit flavors. Not bad but ultimately simple.
  • Tamarack 2014 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/30/2016)

    Bright red. High-toned oak, blackcurrant, violet and licorice on the nose. Perfumed and firmly built, conveying a juicy character to the flavors of red berries, tobacco, spices and flowers. Finishes with good energy and lift. This varietally accurate Cabernet Franc struck me as sweeter and longer than the 2013 version.
  • Tamarack 2014 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (11/30/2016)

    Bright dark red. Currant, plum and spicy oak on the nose and palate. Juicy and supple, offering a saline touch and good mid-palate sweetness. A nicely balanced kitchen-sink blend with tannins supported by fruit.
  • Tamarack 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (12/1/2016)

    Fresh and lively, showing pretty pear, tangerine and floral flavors on a tangy frame, with a crisp finish. Drink now through 2019.