• Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52

    The Harrisons’ holdings in the Walla Walla Valley include Heather Hill Vineyard, which features Cabernet Sauvignon, but their much larger Columbia Valley expression of Cab pulls from many of the Washington’s oldest and most exciting sites such...

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  • Drumheller Wines 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12

    Best Buy! A new brand for the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio, these bargain-priced Drumheller wines don’t spend a lot of time in contact with oak, just 10 months, and none of it new wood. That allows...

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  • Spangler Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Southern Oregon, $27

    When Ohio native Pat Spangler purchased the La Garza property in Oregon’s southern Umpqua Valley, it came with some of the region’s oldest plantings of Cab. On the eastern slopes of his property is Sage Hill, and...

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  • Nodland Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

    Spokane attorney/winemaker/jazz guitarist Tim Nodland devotes his top two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from venerable Pepper Bridge Vineyard for his aptly named reserve program, which he launched a decade ago. This Cab exhibits maturity, starting with the...

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  • Columbia Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

    Best Buy! Sean Hails’ production facility for Columbia Winery sits in the heart of Washington’s Yakima Valley near Sunnyside, and the string of hot vintages prompted him to target the cooler portions of the Valley for this...

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  • Charles Smith Wines 2014 The Velvet Devil Merlot, Washington, $13

    Best Buy! While it’s Cab and Syrah that generate a lot of the red headlines in Washington, it’s Merlot that remains the state’s workhorse grape. Charles Smith’s team sourced from seven sites, including Art denHoed in the...

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  • Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Panorama Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

    In recent vintages, Tom Stangeland began to focus his Panorama project on Merlot, and his continued relationship with Elephant Mountain and Arianses allows him to take this to the next level. Ripe and alluring aromas of black...

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  • Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $18

    Hidden Terrace, a young site near iconic McIntyre Bluff in British Columbia’s South Okanagan Valley, has been contributor to standout winemaker Howard Soon, who recently retired from Sandhill. Township 7 pulled from here as well as its...

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  • Spindrift Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22

    Matthew Compton grows and makes wine for his own Spindrift Cellars brand in Philomoth, Ore., but he manages several vineyards under his West Vine Farms operation and tapped into 10 small sites in the Willamette Valley for...

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  • Le Cadeau Vineyard 2015 Équinoxe Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

    Jim Sanders, who trained with Michael Etzel of Beaux Frères fame, makes four of Le Cadeau’s top bottlings each year, including the Équinoxe. This Parrett Mountain wine comes from the three center blocks of Le Cadeau Vineyard,...

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