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 2017 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley Login WA 87 JD 89 WE 91 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login JD 89 WA 89+ <1 Case
Tamarack Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login JD 90 In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
Tamarack Cellars 2017 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley Login JD 90 WE 90 WA 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 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 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 2017 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (5/21/2020)

    The 2017 Cabernet Franc has aromas of dried red fruit and wilted red flower with a soft dustiness. Medium-bodied and spicy on the palate, the fruit expressions take a backseat, leaving me wanting more complexity. It concludes as an uncomplicated quaffer with a straightforward finish that lingers with a tannic edge.
  • Tamarack 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89+ (5/21/2020)

    Blended with 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a core of black and red fruit on the nose along with soft sweet oak tones that sway out of the glass with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom aromas. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is ripe and open-knit, with a balanced structure, lifting tannins and energetic acidity. The finish lingers with oak essence and dusty blackberry tones. This is accessible and ready to drink now. It’s delicious.
  • Tamarack 2017 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/15/2020)

    The soft, supple, charming 2017 Cabernet Franc has lots of ripe black cherry and plummy fruits as well as a touch of chocolatey herbs, medium body, good acidity, and a juicy, oh, so drinkable style. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years.
  • Tamarack 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc) offers more purity and elegance, with rocking vanilla-laced cassis fruits, violets, spice, and classy oak aromas and flavors. Brought up all in French oak (65% new), it's a beautiful effort that has classic Cabernet character while not breaking the bank! Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
  • Tamarack 2017 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    The 2017 Firehouse Red is a crazy blend of 33% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise, Sangiovese, and Petit Verdot. As always, it's a great value and has loads of ripe red and black fruits, spice, and dried flower aromas as well as a kiss of classy oak, medium body, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's a year-in, year-out no brainer.
  • Tamarack 2017 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 91 (3/1/2020)

    Enchanting aromas of dried leaf, cherry, mocha, coffee and herbs dance in the glass. The palate brings brawny tannins and fresh dark-cherry flavors. This one would benefit from some time in the cellar. Best after 2022.
  • Tamarack 2017 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2020)

    (Editors' Choice!) Appealing aromas of plum, toast, smoke, spice and cherry carry the nose. The palate brings plump, ripe fruit and barrel flavors tied together by a zip of acidity. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
  • Tamarack 2017 'Firehouse Red' Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (10/22/2020)

    Dark ruby colored at the core, the 2017 Firehouse Red begins plump and juicy, with a red and black-fruited nose displaying aromas of juicy plum, dark cherry and blackberry tones, with hints of oak expressions and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, the wine is lifted and expressive across the palate, offering a balanced structure across the mid-palate and ending with flavors of spiced plum skin, dusty lavender and elements of bitter dark chocolate on the lingering finish. It shows a good value at this quality/price ratio.