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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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