“The name of the winery, The Walls, refers, as a sort of joke the labels reflect, to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. The joke stops with the incredible quality and character of the wines. The Walls “Martin’s Gold” Chardonnay 2018, Walla Walla, received this one word as my initial notation: “Perfect.” Again, as with the other wines mentioned in this post, it saw no new oak, rather a half and half division between once-used French oak barrels and neutral barrels, which is to say, used many times. The color is mild, medium straw-gold; pear and apple blossom, a touch of pineapple, jasmine and damp flint, meadow flowers and almond skin — these elements dominate the bouquet; on the palate, this chardonnay feels lush and generous but not opulent, defined, in fact, more by its fleet spareness and elegant structure than by the richness of its ripe peach and pear flavors; vivid acidity keeps it crisp and vibrant, while honed limestone minerality, enlivened by a touch of gunflint, extends through the multi-dimensional finish. 14 percent alcohol. Now through 2024 to ’26. Consulting winemaker is Todd Alexander. Exceptional.”
Oregon Wine Press features The Walls in an article about The Rocks District. https://www.oregonwinepress.com/rock-solid
Washington Wine Blog reviews 2019 Cruel Summer all the way to 2016 Mahana. Click on May 2020 to read more! Washington Wine Blog scores: 2019 The Walls ‘Cruel Summer’ Rose – 912017 The Walls ‘Lip Stinger’ White Wine – 912017 The Walls ‘McAndrew’ Chardonnay- 922018 The Walls ‘French Creek Vineyard’ Chardonnay- 922016 The Walls ‘The Insiders’ Pinot Noir- 912017 The Walls ‘River Rock Vineyard’ Grenache- 922017 The Walls ‘The Ramparts’ Red Wine- 922017 The Walls ‘Gaspard’ Syrah – 922017 The Walls ‘Concrete Mama’ Syrah- 942017 The Walls ‘Mahana’ Syrah- 932017 The Walls ‘Curiositas’ Cabernet Sauvignon- 922016 The Walls ‘Mahana’ Red Wine- 93 2019 The Walls ‘Cruel Summer’ Rose- The Walls have gained a really strong reputation for their ‘Cruel Summer’ Rose and this 2019 edition is amongst the best yet. The nose shows considerably better range out of a Riedel Burgundy glass, with pretty rose water tones mingling with minerals and melon accents on this delicate nose. The palate picks up a silky texture, with watermelon, white peach, Gravenstein apple and honeydew melon tones that all come together nicely in the glass. While not particularly rich, the elegance of the wine really shines through to the long finish with lighter red fruit, white rose water and mineral tones. Drink 2020-2025- 91 2017 The Walls ‘Lip Stinger’ White Wine- An intriguing blend of Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay and Roussanne, with smaller portions Picpoul, Marsanne and Clarirette Blanc, this shows off a soft texture with layers of melon and citrus rind flavors, with vanilla cream and Gravenstein apple tones rounding out this downright delicious new wine. Drink 2020-2025- 91 2017 The Walls ‘McAndrew’ Chardonnay- The ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay is named after William McAndrew who first planted gapes on Underwood Mountain in 1972. The freshness and soft texture really delights as layers of lemon cake,…
Washington Wine Blog reviews our 2017 Cheys syrah. “2017 The Walls ‘Cheys’ Syrah- Sourced from the esteemed ‘French Creek Vineyard’ in the Yakima Valley, the ‘Cheys’ shows nice smoky tones alongside a deep core of blackberry and black cherry on the nose. The palate delivers bright acidity with a layer of toasty oak that envelops the core of dark fruits with lighter sagebrush and tar undertones. Drink 2020-2028- 91”
In 100% Chance of Wine: The Walls Vineyards, YakTriNews interviews owner Mike Martin.
Washington Wine Blog rates wines from The Walls. WWB Scores: 2017 Les Jeunes Vignes Chardonnay 91 pts, 2018 Martin’s Gold Chardonnay 92 pts, 2017 McAndrew Chardonnay 91 pts. To view all scores visit Washington Wine Blog. Washington Tasting Room magazine features The Walls.
“These wines all have singular characters yet they share a rare sense of purity and elegance paired with plenty of richness and depth. These are singular, beautiful wines I’d be thrilled to drink.” – Jeb Dunnuck Jeb Dunnuck scores:2016 Curiositas 95+pts2016 Concrete Mama Grenache 94 pts2017 Martin’s Gold 93 pts2016 Concrete Mama Syrah 96 pts To view all scores visit JebDunnuck.com
Rupal Shankar of SyrahQueen.com has listed us one of 7 Washington State Wines you need to try in 2019.
Stephen Tanzer of Vinous has scored the 2016 Gaspard a 92+. JamesSuckling.com gave the 2015 Stanley Groovy and 2015 Curiositas 93 pts.
Sip Magazine awarded our 2016 Martin’s Gold a Double Gold and 2015 La Lutte Gold in its 2018 Best of the Northwest Awards.
Seattle Magazine calls The Walls “One of the most exciting new wineries to launch over the past few years in Washington” and awarded us Coolest Wine Label for its 2018 Washington Wine Awards. The magazine also named 2015 Stanley Groovy “Best Washington Wine of the Year” for a red blend in the $25-$45 category. According to Seattle Magazine, this blend, ” … begins with 79 percent Portuguese varieties—Touriga Nacional, Souzão,Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (a Tempranillo clone)—and blends in 21 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is an exotic mix of spice (star anise especially) and citrus peel, plum and violet. It’s a singular Washington blend, intellectually and sensually provocative.”
This in-depth feature inWashington Tasting Room Magazine follow’s Mike’s story of how he discovered Walla Walla, and eventually ended up opening both The Walls and Passatempo Taverna.
Wines & Vines feature on The Walls and its commitment to sustainability.The Daily Meal details “Why you should be drinking wines of Washington State”, including The Walls.