• RAM Cellars 2014 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $25

    Portland-based Rodger Marks, inspired by an experience on Red Mountain at Kiona Vineyards, went onto a winemaking education through Washington State University. His red wine program relies on Alder Ridge Vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, and...

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  • Vital Wines 2016 Rosé, Walla Walla Valley, $18

    A party for celebrities in Hollywood on the eve of the Academy Awards raised the profile of Vital Wines/March Cellars and the fundraising work that winemaker Ashley Trout is performing on behalf of SOS Health Services in...

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  • Airfield Estates 2015 Dauntless Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $18

    The Miller family creates this all-estate Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend with thought, exemplified in the precise percentages of Merlot (69%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot. Baking spices, toast and violet aromas...

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  • Stina’s Cellars 2013 Sémillon Ice Wine, Wahluke Slope, $65

    Rosebud Vineyard, a historic 40-year-old site on the Wahluke Slope, is the breadbasket for Tacoma-area vintner Perry Preston. Sémillon is one of two white Bordeaux varieties produced by third-generation growers Chip and Katie Dobson, and this lot...

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  • Madsen Family Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc, Washington, $30

    South Puget Sound winemaker Dana Madsen’s first commercial vintage came in 2005, and Cabernet Franc was one of the first varieties that he started with when he began working with Red Mountain fruit in 2005. He’s since...

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  • H/H Estates 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Robert Andrews Reserve Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

    Rancher-turned-vintner Mike Andrews pays tribute to his father with this Mourvèdre, one of the two dozen varieties that seem to thrive across this 1,100-acre planting in the Horse Heaven Hills south of Prosser, Wash. This spicy red...

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  • Côte Bonneville 2016 DuBrul Vineyard Estate Riesling, Yakima Valley, $22

    The Shiels family continues to burnish its reputation for producing delicious Riesling in a Spätlese style via DuBrul Vineyard, established in 1992 overlooking the Yakima Valley from the Rattlesnake Hills. Flinty minerality, nectarine and pear aromas lead...

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon in Quintessence Vineyard on Red Mountain
    Red blends big deal across great Northwest

    In the past decade, the biggest growth in wine has been the category of red blends. Seattle wine shops have mentioned remodeling to accommodate the large number being produced. In our competitions, the category is far bigger...

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  • Three Rivers Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc Rosé, Walla Walla Valley, $16

    Holly Turner creates two superb styles of rosé for her followers, but this focused work with Cabernet Franc – harvested Aug. 31 off the Three Rivers Estate — plays up to fans of Chinon. Francophiles in particular...

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  • Barnard Griffin 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

    Best Buy! The hottest vintage in Rob Griffin’s 39th year of winemaking in Washington state meant he and winemaking daughter, Megan Hughes, brought in their Chardonnay from their estate Caroway Vineyard and longtime farming families at Arete,...

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