Airfield Estates 2015 Sweet Riesling, Yakima Valley, $15


Best Buy! Marcus Miller, a product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking school, grows 27 varieties across nearly 900 acres of vines on his family’s estate near Prosser, Wash. That gives him the flexibility to develop Riesling in a variety of ways, including this in an off-dry style the German…

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Sagelands Vineyard 2015 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $10


Best Buy! Precept’s Canyon Vineyard Ranch near in the Yakima Valley near Prosser, Wash., a 300-acre site formerly known as Snipes Canyon Ranch, takes this Pinot Gris down a trail with a brisk approach. Fruity aromas of Bosc pear, starfruit, jicama and minerality lead to more tart flavors of Asian…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2013 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! Ross Andrew Mickel labeled this bargain Cabernet Sauvignon “The Huntsman,” and it clearly hits the mark at any price. It displays aromas and flavors of blackberries, John Robertson raspberries and cassis, then finishes with restrained tannins and a bit of chocolate. This earned a gold medal at the…

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House Wine 2013 Mountain Merlot, American, $10


Best Buy! Precept’s Original House Wine project, founded by Washington iconoclast Charles Smith, goes a bit beyond the state for its Mountain Merlot. Complex aromas of warm blackberry cobbler and plum include red bell pepper, cinnamon bark, vanilla extract and chalkboard dust. There’s also a pinch of oregano, a sign…

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Balancing Act 2014 Chardonnay, Washington, $12


Best Buy! The Chardonnay portion of this second label for Tamarack Cellars in Walla Walla is unoaked and fruit-forward as it blends Ron Coleman’s grape sourcing and Danny Gordon’s skill with blending. Expressive aromatics instill thoughts of honey, dried pineapple, candied apricot, white peach, canned corn and lemon juice. There’s…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! A generation ago, Chenin Blanc was a variety that produced cherished wines along the West Coast. Fortunately, Marty Clubb has remained an ardent champion of this grape native to the Loire Valley, and he continues to secure contracts with four venerable vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Phil Church,…

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2015 The Expedition Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! Walla Walla Valley winemaker Bill Murray continues to champion the cause for showcasing the virtues of Rhône varieties in rosé. As Precept’s director of Idaho winemaking, he has supported Meredith Smith’s stunning pink program at Sawtooth, starting with Cinsault from 2013 and recently Grenache. For his latest release…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Washington, $15


Best Buy! As the wheat-growing McIntosh brothers plant vines in the newly established Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area, they continue to rely on Washington for the large majority of their winery production. This affordable Riesling, made with grapes from O’Brien Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, gave winemaking Art McIntosh a…

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Skyfall Vineyard 2014 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $14


Best Buy! Seattle-based Precept Wine continues to grow its Skyfall Vineyard project overlooking the Yakima River near Red Mountain, and the early releases mean solid returns for consumers. The Red Blend gathers up Merlot (48%), Cabernet Sauvignon (23%), Syrah (16%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Sangiovese to create a nose of…

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Tamarack Cellars 2015 Rosé of Mourvèdre, Wahluke Slope, $15


Best Buy! The popularity of Northwest-made rosé continues to rise, and Tamarack Cellars offers yet another example of why. Danny Gordon continues to source this from history Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, and it’s quite a serious offering. The  peach color leads to generous aromas of dried strawberry, light…

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