• Battle Creek Cellars 2014 Roe Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $59

    It’s some heady company in the neighborhood of Roe & Roe Vineyard, a 74-acre site on Ribbon Ridge that’s just east of North Valley Road and adjacent to Eminent Domaine and Harry Peterson-Nedry’s Ridgecrest Vineyard. Precept’s Oregon...

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  • Airfield Estates 2015 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $15

    Best Buy! The maturity and abundance of the Miller family’s 860-acre planting continues to pay dividends for consumers, and particularly in the case of Chardonnay lovers with this lightly oaked example. There’s typicity in the aromas of...

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  • Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Ascent Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $28

    Wood craftsman Tom Stangeland shifted the focus of his Cabernet Franc program from the Horse Heaven Hills to the Rattlesnake Hills in 2014, and his budding relationship with Wise Brothers Vineyard near Elephant Mountain yields rock-solid results....

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  • Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Estate Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

    Our panel recently received another snapshot of Stephen Reustle’s flagship Grüner Veltliner — a couple of months after it merited a 2017 Double Platinum — and remains as brilliant as ever. A product of his Revelation and...

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  • Love & Squalor 2013 Antsy Pants Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $52

    The vintage prior led Portland urban winemaker Matt Berson to source the northern end of the Willamette Valley for his reserve Pinot Noir. Here, he’s targeted two cooler sites near Oregon’s state Capitol for this two-barrel lot,...

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  • Hat Ranch Winery 2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Snake River Valley, $17

    Tim Harless studied enology in Teaxs at Grayson College north of Dallas prior to moving to Idaho’s Snake River Valley and launching Hat Ranch Winery in 2011. This bottling reflects the first commercial harvest of Sauvignon Blanc...

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  • Next Wines 2016 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

    King Estate created this direct-to-consumer tier as a tribute to national sales manager Justin King and other third-generation family members who are taking on expanding roles within the Eugene, Ore., company established by their grandfather and his son, current CEO Ed...

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  • Browne Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $35

    Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman in Walla Walla continues to favor Cabernet Franc from Blackrock Vineyard near Red Mountain for his showcase work with this Bordeaux variety for Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne. There’s an addition of Merlot...

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  • Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Avellana Vineyard Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, $63

    Luisa Ponzi crafts four distinctly different styles of Chardonnay, and the younger Avellana Vineyard represents half of her two prized vineyard-focused Chardonnays grown certified sustainably in the Laurelwood soil that defines the Chehalem Mountains growing region. Nothing...

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  • V du V Wines 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

    These Spokane winemakers achieved remarkable success a couple of years ago with Pinot Noir from the classic 2012 vintage so their combined efforts with Syrah that same year off two warm Columbia Basin sites — Ginkgo Forest...

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