Basel Cellars

Events & News

Event: COOKING CLASS with Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan

What a blast! We recently cooked up a storm with Food Network's Maneet Chauhan in the Basel Cellars Estate House kitchen. Check out the video and photos of the event!

Shipment: MAY CLUB 2901 SHIPMENT

Club 2901 members here is what's included in your spring shipment!

News: How temperature shifts help balance Washington wines

Basel Cellars Winemaker, Ned Morris, was interviewed by columnist James Nokes of the Daily Chronicle.

Read the interview and learn how temperature shifts in Eastern Washington help create balanced wines.

Event: CELEBRATE WALLA WALLA (SYRAH)

Event: MUCH ADO ABOUT SYRAH WINEMAKER DINNER

Join the cast and crew of Basel Cellars, Corvus Cellars and Tempus Cellars for a Midsummer’s Night’s Dream of all that is good and decent about Syrah. Our tables will be set for only 25 lucky souls that long to dine under the stars at the lovely and enchanting Basel Cellars Estate. Prepare for a gastronomic feast prepared by our own Merchant of Walla Walla, Tom Maccarone (of T. Maccarone’s restaurant). $125 per person.

Shipment: FALL CLUB 2901 SHIPMENT

The shipment is subject to change due to many variables including weather.

Event: CLUB 2901 STOMP PARTY

Event: FALL RELEASE WEEKEND

Shipment: WINTER CLUB 2901 SHIPMENT

The shipment is subject to change due to many variables including weather.

Event: HOLIDAY BARREL WEEKEND

Event: CLUB 2901 HOLIDAY RECEPTION

Awards

Vintage:

Estate Merlot 2010

Savor NW Wine Competition 2014 - SILVER

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 91+ POINTS. "Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, mocha and sweet oak are lifted by a floral topnote. Suave, dry and concentrated; the finest-grained of these 2009 reds to this point, offering youthfully bright flavors of dark berries, licorice and herbs. The big but pliant tannins coat the palate on the long, very primary finish. This wine displays lovely subtle sweetness of fruit but will need time in bottle to gain nuance. It should age nicely."
Wine Spectator, June 2014 - 90 POINTS. "Vibrant, focused and appealing, with smoky, juicy cherry and black currant flavors, persisting through a blanket of prickly tannins. Best from 2015 through 2019." H.S.
Savor NW Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD

Estate Claret 2009

Savor NW Wine Competition 2014 - SILVER

Estate Syrah 2009

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 89 POINTS. "Good bright red-ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, mocha and brown spices on the nose, complicated by a whiff of violet. Spicy and a bit tart, showing a savory character to its flavors of black fruits, brown spices and game. Good spicy intensity here. The acids and tannins initially clashed on the back end but harmonized with air. Finishes with a fresh blueberry flavor."

Estate Merlot 2009

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 88 POINTS. "Good dark red. High-toned aromas of black cherry, blackberry, licorice and chocolatey oak. Smooth, sweet and lush without coming off as heavy, offering nicely concentrated flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, mocha and smoked meat. Finishes with good lingering sweetness, but the dusty, building tannins ultimately turned a bit dry."

Estate Merriment 2009

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 90+ POINTS

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Ultimate Wine Challenge 2013 - 92 POINTS, FINALIST
San Francisco Wine Chronicle 2012 - GOLD
Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 88+ POINTS

Estate Claret 2008

San Francisco Wine Chronicle 2011 - GOLD
Seattle Wine Awards 2011 - BRONZE

Estate Merriment 2008

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 89 POINTS. "Bright, dark red. Aromas of raspberry and spicy oak. Sweet raspberry, smoke, spice and earth flavors offer good sweetness and a smooth texture. Shows good body but not quite the definition for outstanding. Finishes with plenty of broad, dusty tannins and good length. (A second bottle, which I scored 88, showed more earth and herbs on the palate and some edgy acidity on the finish.)"

Estate Syrah 2008

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 89+ POINTS. "Ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, mocha and smoked meat; less primary than the 2009 but displays a more flamboyant syrah character. Distinctly cooler in the mouth than the '09 but with very good definition and intensity to its flavors of dark berries, pepper, spices and herbs. Shows the texture and weight of a Saint-Joseph. Finishes with obvious acidity, light tannins and good cut."
San Francisco Wine Chronicle 2012 - GOLD

Inspired 2008

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2012 - 88 POINTS. "Good medium red. Raspberry, dusty oak and a hint of brown spices on the nose. Supple cherry and spice flavors are energized by firm acidity; shows a redder fruit quality than the 2009 version. Finishes slightly tart, with lightish tannins, hints of mint and herbs and moderate length."

Estate Merriment 2007

Stephen Tanzer's IWC Nov/Dec 2010 - 91+ POINTS
Ultimate Wine Challenge 2013 - 91 POINTS, FINALIST
Seattle Wine Awards 2011 - SILVER

Estate-Syrah 2007

Ultimate Wine Challenge 2013 - 94 POINTS, CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY