Cinder Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

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This vintage marked the 10th harvest in Idaho for proud Washington State University grads Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr, and they’ve kept the focus on the fruit they pulled in from sweeping Sawtooth Vineyard. Only 10% of their barrel program was new, and they aged the juice on the lees…

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Pepper Bridge Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

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This latest release of Salmon Safe-farmed Sauvignon Blanc by Jean-François Pellet from the entirely estate program of Seven Hills (63%) and Les Collines vineyards is 100 percent deliciously intense. He’s eliminated his use of stainless steel fermentation in recent years, so here the program was neutral French oak (60%) with…

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Stoller Family Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $25

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Land for the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills has been Bill Stoller’s family since 1943, and the successful tandem of winemaker Melissa Burr and viticulturist Robert Schultz has helped pave the way for the remarkable fruit-forward production of estate Chardonnay to triple from the 2014 — without losing…

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $22

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McMinnville’s oldest winery and winemaker Stephen Cary view Pinot Blanc as their favorite white wine to craft, this release exemplifies their well-placed passion for this often-unappreciated Burgundy grape. The cooling influence of the Van Duzer Corridor effect across Yamhill Valley Vineyard’s Casa and Mainfield blocks allows Cary to capture the…

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Owen Roe 2015 DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $48

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Dr. Hugh and Kathy Shiels of Côte Bonneville fame direct the hand-harvesting of their low-producing vines in the Rattlesnake Hills for David O’Reilly, and the Union Gap vintner has turned the lot into one of the most charming Chardonnay bottlings released this year. His investment of 35% new French oak…

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Seven of Hearts 2015 Tualatin Estates Riesling, Willamette Valley, $21

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Grower/winemaker Byron Dooley shows a special passion and interest for Riesling in Oregon that’s played out in his pursuit old vines of this noble grape. In 2014, he worked with 32-year-old vines at Vigna Giovannia Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Here, he dives deeper with 43-year-old plants at Tualatin Estate Vineyard…

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Daven Lore Winery 2014 Barbera, Yakima Valley, $29

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Despite his declarations that he would never work with Italian grapes, Gordon Taylor couldn’t resist the offer from Lonesome Spring Ranch when this lot came available. Those with an appreciation for traditional representations of Barbera from Piedmont may well need to approach this with an open mind because this is…

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Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2015 Umiker Vineyard Lochsa White Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley, $15

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Karl and Coco Umiker’s vineyard in the Lewiston Orchards is in its second decade of life, and its growth has allowed them to present this proprietary blend as an entire estate presentation. Legally, they could label this is Chardonnay (86%), and there is a slight influence of 30 percent new…

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BC wine industry mourns Wild Goose founder Adolf Kruger

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Adolf “Fritz” Kruger, founder/co-owner of award-winning Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, died Sunday at the age of 85. He was a founding director of the BC Wine Institute and spearheaded the effort to establish farmgate wineries throughout the province. (Photo courtesy of the Kruger family) OKANAGAN FALLS,…

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Martinez & Martinez 2015 May Mae Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

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Three generations of the Martinez family are represented in this fun pink wine — owner/grower Sergio, son/winemaker Andrew and granddaughter Mayli Mae. It’s almost unthinkable that fruit from one of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in this famous neighborhood of the Horse Heaven Hills would be used for rosé, but…

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