Tamarack Cellars

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
People: Danny Gordon, Winemaker

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Tamarack Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley Login WS 91 JD 90 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login JD 89 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login On Order
Tamarack Cellars 2016 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley Login JD 89 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 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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Reviews

  • Tamarack 2016 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (5/31/2019)

    Precise and expressive, with elegantly layered blueberry, dusty herb and coffee bean flavors that take on polish toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.
  • Tamarack 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/11/2019)

    The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot) is another ripe, forward, well-made wine from this estate. Lots of blackberries, spiced meats, and baking chocolate notes flow to a medium-bodied, spicy, undeniably delicious Cabernet that's ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years.
  • Tamarack 2016 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/11/2019)

    Spice, garrigue, saddle leather, and loads of sweet red and black fruits emerge from the 2016 Firehouse Red, another great value. Ripe, sexy, and ready to go, buy a case of this sexy little red and drink it over the coming 2-3 years. It’s always a kitchen sink blend, and the 2016 is 31% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Mourvèdre, 4% Grenache, 2% Sangiovese, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Counoise, all brought up in 40% new French, American, and Hungarian oak.
  • Tamarack 2016 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/11/2019)

    Coming mostly from the Weinbau Vineyard (there’s 30% from Red Mountain sites and a splash from Walla Walla), the 2016 Cabernet Franc is a plump, rounded, sumptuous red that has tons of fruit and upfront charm. With sweet tannins and a rounded texture, drink it any time over the coming 3-5 years. The 2016 is 100% Cabernet Franc brought up all in French oak, with 30% being new.