Wind Rose Cellars 2015 Rosato, Yakima Valley, $15


Best Buy! Graduates of the Yakima Valley Community College wine program include Olympic Peninsula vintner David Volmut, and his Italian-themed rosé focuses on fruit from Lonesome Spring Ranch. The sensible blend of Dolcetto (59%) and Sangiovese offers an alluring strawberry/rhubarb color with aromas to match, including Rainier cherry, nectarine and…

Continue reading

Primarius Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15


Best Buy! Northwest Wine Academy grad Sarah Cabot enters her second decade of crafting Pinot Noir in Oregon, and this youthful and affordable release marks her first vintage for Precept at its Dundee winery. Sweet and toasty oak tones make for aromas of grilled strawberry, dark cherry, blueberry and bittersweet…

Continue reading

Strange Folk Wines NV La Bohéme White Wine, Snake River Valley, $12


Boise winemaker Jed Glavin, whose primary label is Split Rail Winery, shows his nonconformist side with the wine-in-a-can Strange Folk Wines program. The source of this 100 percent Riesling from the 2014 vintage is Skyline Vineyard, Idaho’s largest site, and he presents it with 2% residual sugar. Aromatically, it hints…

Continue reading

Scatter Creek Winery NV Peach Breeze, Yakima Valley, $14


Best Buy! South Puget Sound winemaker Terril Keary incorporates peach juice into his Chardonnay, making for a slightly off-dry drink that works remarkably well. The nose is reminiscent of walking through a farmers market in summertime with aromas of a peach pie a la mode and Bartlett pear. There’s no…

Continue reading

Barnard Griffin 2014 Rob’s Red Blend, Washington, $14


Best Buy! Rob Griffin takes the credit for stitching together this remarkably approachable blend of Merlot (53%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), Syrah (8%) and Malbec (6%) that’s loaded with milk chocolate, black cherry, dark plum and vanilla bean aromas. Cherry juice and chocolate-covered almonds begin to describe the flavors, backed by…

Continue reading

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 The Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15


Best Buy! Canoe Ridge Vineyard has given “The Expedition” title to its wines, playing off the ridgetop site named by Lewis and Clark after they noted in 1805 that it looked like an overturned canoe. The winery’s 2014 Merlot from the Horse Heaven Hills offers a hint of pepper, then…

Continue reading

College Cellars 2013 Scholarship Red, Walla Walla Valley, $15


Best Buy! You won’t need a scholarship to afford College Cellars’ Merlot-focused red blend titled “Scholarship Red.” In fact, if you buy it, you’ll be helping provide someone else’s education as a winemaker or grape grower. In exchange for your 15 bucks, you’ll get a Walla Walla Valley wine with…

Continue reading

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2014 ECO Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $13


Best Buy! Perhaps it’s the magic of pixie dust from the region around tiny Paterson, Wash., where Snoqualmie’s Joy Andersen made this 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from organic Columbia Valley grapes. Whatever the source, this Ste. Michelle Wine Estates product stands out for its spicy black cherry and blackberry aromas and…

Continue reading