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 20 years ago in Walla Walla, Washington, Tamarack Cellars helped forge what was to become one of the Northwest’s premier vineyard growing regions.
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, the focus remains the same. Danny Gordon began working for Ron in 1999. Today, Danny is the winemaker, consistently crafting award winning wines sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington. 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.
The winery was named for the Tamarack tree, stately conifers which range from the Pacific Northwest to the Canadian Maritimes. Distinguished by cones resembling tiny roses, and shedding its needles after harvest, Tamarack means “wood used for snowshoes” in the Algonquin language. The Tamarack is a symbol for the land on which the grapes are grown and an emblem of the adventurous spirit and vision to make world-class wines in this unspoiled part of America.
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
Columbia Valley Cabernet Voted Top 100 Wines of 2011 for Wine Spectator
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