Airfield Estates 2013 Aviator Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $30

The Miller family continues to blend its Aviator as a Left Bank Bordeaux-style wine, and it ranks among Airfield Estates’ most decorated wines, including a silver medal at the prestigious 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Marcus Miller led it with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (10%),…

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Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Aspen Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $40

The Aspen Block at Wayne Bailey’s estate near McMinnville, Ore., dates to 2006, but the 2015 vintage marks the first time that the family has bottled a Chardonnay from its collection of Dijon clones 75 and 95 with another French clone 548. It could be the 548 that presents the…

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Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $45

Steve Lutz pays tribute to his late father-in-law, Lenny, an English farmer who served as inspiration to plant this steep, 21-acre property near the town of Yamhill, Ore. (Lenny’s profile also appears on the label.) The flagship Pinot Noir for Lenné Estate is a product of the most fruitful vintage…

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Mercer Estates 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $42

The Mercer family’s Cavalie Vineyard is a particular sweet spot for Cabernet Sauvignon, and winemaker Jessica Munnell pulled Malbec (16%) from Spice Cabinet Vineyard for the well-crafted presentation of Cab. Fun aromas of Chukar Cherry, plum, Lucky Charms Blue Diamond marbit and light toast. The superb fine-grained tannin structure allows…

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Vino La Monarcha 2014 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20

The Wahluke Slope continues to burnish its reputation for red wines, and Victor Palencia knows this region as well as anyone with his work for Jones of Washington and clients at his Mattawa custom-crush facility. Here, the Walla Walla Community College grad also shines with his one of his own…

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Beaumont Cellars 2015 Reserve Mourvèdre, Wahluke Slope, $39

Pete Beaumont, a longtime orchardist in North Central Washington, crafts his wines within the boundaries of the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley growing region near the town of Quincy. He pulls grapes from the Wahluke Slope thanks to his long-running relationships with growers such as Jones and Milbrandt, and red…

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Aubichon Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $35

A decade ago, Jim Sanders went beyond just the hired gun for Tom Mortimer’s Le Cadeau Vineyard’s Equinox Pinot Noir program to partner in their successful Aubichon Cellars brand in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. The Mortimer planting on the southern edge of Parrett Mountain traditionally forms the base of this…

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Mercer Estates 2013 Robert Willis Reserve Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $55

Most know them as Rob and Will, but Robert and Willis are the given names for the two Mercer brothers who run and continue to grow the family’s successful wine business. Their bread and butter is in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, and the 2013 vintage marked the debut of Robert…

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Lenné Estate 2014 Cinq élus Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $72

It translates to “five chosen,” and Steve Lutz dedicates the best barrel of each of the five Pinot Noir clones that are the focus of his dry-farmed estate near Yamhill, Ore. He planted his 15-acre site across Laughlin Road from WillaKenzie Vineyards in 2001, and 2014 is only the second…

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Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $25

McMinnville vintner Wayne Bailey has joined others in Oregon’s Willamette Valley by transitioning some of his Pinot Gris over to Chardonnay. His remaining 2 1/2 acres of 10-year-old Gris in the family’s Aspen Block makes for an easy and delicious drink. Tropical tones with Key Lime lead into orchard fruit…

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