• Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, 25

    Justin Michaud was new to Horse Heaven Hills fruit, Mike Andrews’ vineyard and Primitivo as a variety, but the Washington State University grad has proven to be a quick study. This bottle began Sept. 20 at harvest,...

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  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $20

    The story begins with the sandy soils that make up Tinhorn Creek’s estate Diamondback Vineyard on British Columbia’s Black Sage Bench, but harvest spanned a month to create four separate lots. There were hand-picked lots that were...

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  • Nine Hats 2015 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20

    Nine of the planet’s most famous vintners are part of the renowned Long Shadows Vintners project in Walla Walla, and they work with some of the Columbia Valley’s top vineyards. There’s not room for all of that...

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  • Cairdeas Winery 2014 Tri Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley, $39

    Lake Chelan vintner Charlie Lybecker deepens his delicious work with Rhône varieties with this GSM-style blend of Grenache (12%), Syrah (64%) and Mourvèdre from three of the Yakima Valley’s top sites — Dineen, Meek and Art den...

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  • Sparkman Cellars 2014 Wonderland Grenache, Yakima Valley, $32

    Christian Sparkman and his Woodinville team that includes Linn Scott and Erica Orr pull from venerable Yakima Valley sources Boushey and Olsen for this velvety and juicy Grenache that’s among the state’s top examples year after year....

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  • Stottle Winery 2013 Big Eddie Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley $36

    Puget Sound winemaker Josh Stottlemyer continues to shows a deft hand with blending, and he’s boosted the level of Merlot (60%) in this Right Bank-style assemblage of Bordeaux varities. He traditionally relies on Elephant Mountain Vineyard for...

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  • Washington Syrah
    Washington Syrah continues to grow in popularity

    Washington Syrah continues to defy conventional wisdom. Across America, Syrah is a tough sale, thanks primarily to Australia Shiraz flooding grocery stores the past decade. Yet Syrah continues to grow in Washington. Last fall, Washington winemakers brought...

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  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Rosé of Pinots, Willamette Valley, $16

    Both the Pinot Noir (80%) and Pinot Blanc (20%) were grown on this estate, the second-oldest vineyard in Oregon’s McMinnville American Viticultural Area, which doesn’t encompass the college town itself. And the pick for this rosé program...

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  • Three Rivers Winery 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $14

    Best Buy! Longtime Walla Walla winemaker Holly Turner blends three varieties that often excel when used to produce rosé — Syrah (55%), Sangionvese (28%) and Cabernet Franc. All three lots were in the door by Sept. 7,...

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  • Indian Creek Winery 2014 Touriga Naçional, Snake River Valley, $29

    While this traditional Port-style variety finds its way into Mike McClure’s fortified program, these three barrels off Arena Valley Vineyard from the 2014 vintage proved too stellar to blend away, prompting the University of Idaho grad to...

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