Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2015 Redhead Red Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! A trio of Wahluke Slope vineyards, including Milbrandt-owned Clifton Bluff and top-notch Northridge, provided Jeremy Santo with the material to create this fleshy and juicy crowd-pleasing red. Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) drives the blend with additives of Syrah (11%), Merlot (11%) and Petit Verdot to create aromas of fruit…

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 DenHoed Vineyards Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $11


Best Buy! Mike Conway and daughter Natalie shine with aromatic whites, but this marks just their sixth vintage of producing Pinot Gris. Their latest effort may be perhaps their best with this Italian grape, and they present it with an orchard fruit style rather than a tropical style. It starts…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2015 Glaze Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! Ross Andrew Mickel made his name in the Woodinville wine scene, and now his wines are poured in downtown Walla Walla. This fresh product under his remarkable Glaze program is a remarkable value with some nice layers of complexity. Dark cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas include light toast,…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! Each year, Bob Bertheau’s team brings another remarkable — and massive — representation of Cabernet Sauvignon made in Washington. The bountiful 2014 vintage from Ste. Michelle’s growers, which include their own Canoe Ridge Estate, Cold Creek and Indian Wells vineyards, allowed for an additional 112,000 cases — an…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Sweet Katherine White Wine Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13


Best Buy! Two decades ago, 1997, the Milbrandts began to establish their vineyards along the Wahluke Slope and the Ancient Lakes. Evergreen Vineyard is arguably their most prized planting, and the Milbrandt brothers named this off-dry Riesling for their late mother — Katherine Leone Milbrandt. Few Rieslings from famed Evergreen…

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Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2015 Naked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12


Best Buy! Considering the quality of the vineyards involved – Evergreen, Newhouse, Sagemoor and Wautoma Winds – it makes sense to keep all of the focus on the fruit with this Chardonnay. As a result, its five months of surlie aging were done entirely without oak. That’s the “naked” part.…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13


Best Buy! Evergreen Vineyard, one of Washington state’s premier sites for cool-climate whites, shines yet again with this bargain Riesling. This planting not far from Jerry Milbrandt’s home saw Riesling for this program begin to get pulled on Oct. 16, and winemaker Emily Haines presents it in a dry, but…

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14 Hands Winery 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! “Textbook” may be a cliche in describing a wine of startling character, but it can be appropriate, as here. This is one fragrant, composed and resilient Merlot, yet it upholds the variety’s reputation for being capable of accommodating a wide range of foods at the table, such as…

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


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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Henry Estate Winery 2015 Müller-Thurgau, Umpqua Valley, $15


Best Buy! The Henry family continues to produce one of the most consistently delicious examples of Müller-Thurgau grown in the Pacific Northwest. Their work in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley allows them to hang 6 tons per acre and pick it well below 24 Brix, allowing them to develop aromas of…

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