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 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login WS 88 WA 87 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2016 Rose of Mouvedre, Columbia Valley Login WS 87 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2015 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley Login WS 91 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WS 92 <1 Case
Tamarack Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login WS 91 WA 86 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2014 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley Login WS 89 AG 88 WA 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 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 '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 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (4/30/2017)

    Plump and generous, with a complex structure and expressive blackberry, dark chocolate and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023.
  • Tamarack 2016 Rose of Mouvedre, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 87 (6/15/2017)

    Appealing, with floral watermelon aromas and crisp, spicy orange zest flavors.
  • Tamarack 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (6/30/2017)

    Floral tangerine and nectarine aromas lead to crisp and vibrant flavors. Drink now through 2019.
  • Tamarack 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (6/30/2017)

    The 2016 Chardonnay from Tamarack Cellars is a juicy, refreshing Chardonnay that has lively notes of citrus and mint in its medium-bodied, straightforward, yet balanced and enjoyable style.
  • Tamarack 2014 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2017)

    The 2015 Firehouse Red is a kitchen sink blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 17% Syrah and 14% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Counoise, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Grenache and Mourvèdre. I always love this little gem, and it delivers tons of sweet red and black fruit in 2015. Medium-bodied, supple, rounded and mouth-filling, buy a few bottles and drink it over the coming couple of years.
  • Tamarack 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 86 (6/30/2017)

    The lighter ruby colored 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot is a forward, cherry, currant and spice scented red that has medium-bodied depth and richness. It's a charmer to enjoy over the coming couple of years.
  • Tamarack 2015 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (8/31/2017)

    Precise and open-knit, with a vibrant core of blueberry, bell pepper and spice flavors that glide easily through a polished finish. Drink now through 2023.