Latest Wine Advocate Reviews for Tamarack


2012 Columbia Valley Syrah - 90 Points

2011 Ciel du Cheval Reserve - 92-94 Points

2011 Sagemoor Reserve - 90 Points

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 Points

2014 Seattle Magazine Awards: 2012 Firehouse Red named Best Red Blend in the State under $20!

Past Reviews:

2008 DuBrul Vineyard Reserve Red (Rattlesnake Hills).


#40 on the Top 100 Wines of the Year

DuBrul is perhaps the single most sought-after vineyard in the entire Yakima Valley, and at this price this Tamarack selection is an absolute steal. Pomegranate, blueberry, black cherry and cassis notes lead into a full-flavored wine that remains concise and perfectly defined. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. This is concentrated, with earthy depths suggesting Dr. Pepper, espresso and dark choco­late. Editors’ Choice. —P.G.

2008 Seven Hills Vine­yard Reserve Red (Walla Walla Valley).


This is a generous mouthful of Cabernet, with just small amounts of Merlot and Carmenère in the blend. Chewy, dusty, grainy, tannic and thoroughly delicious, it has the deeply flavored berry and cassis fruit to more than match the French oak. The fruit is wreathed in layers of smoke, charcoal and ash—all in proportion. Editors’ Choice. —P.G.

2008 Ciel du Che­val Vineyard Reserve Red (Red Moun­tain).


This Red Mountain selection, among a quartet of superb vineyard reserves from Tamarack, is the most shuttered. This has excellent structure, with hints of well-rounded red fruit, baking spice and a gentle dust­ing of cocoa, which all point to its long-term aging po­tential. Cellar Selection. —P.G.

2008 Sagemoor Vine­yards Reserve Red (Columbia Valley).


Half Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bacchus Vineyard, and one-quarter each Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the Weinbau Vineyard, this polished, dense blend re­veals the complexity of old vines. A mix of perfectly rip­ened strawberry and raspberry is accented with a barrel flavor of coconut cream pie. —P.G.

2010 Cabernet Franc (Wahluke Slope).


Tamarack does a fine job with its 100% varietal Cabernet Franc. It manages to be both muscular and elegant, with stylish, juicy boy­senberry fruit set against a backdrop of earthy, granular, drying tannins, which provide excellent grip and length. —P.G.

2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah (Red Mountain).


Here’s a great Syrah from a vineyard not specifically known for this grape. It immediately impacts the palate with con­centrated flavors of raspberry and cassis swathed in cof­fee liqueur, dark chocolate and a hint of red licorice. This has great concentration and length; drink it over the next 6–8 years. Editors’ Choice. —P.G.