Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Even though Emily Haines left Milbrandt Vineyards last summer for the Sierra Foothills, wines that she produced continue to win plaudits from judges. One of first wines released from her final harvest was this stunning pink blend of Syrah (75%) and Tempranillo off six vineyards, all picked around…

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Martin-Scott Winery 2016 The Peddler’s White, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The Martin family’s popular white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat reveals fresh, fantastic aromas and flavors of buttered toast, honeysuckle, peaches and tropical fruit. A hint of apricot and lime add complexity to the finish. It received a gold medal and went on to win best…

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Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52

The Harrisons’ holdings in the Walla Walla Valley include Heather Hill Vineyard, which features Cabernet Sauvignon, but their much larger Columbia Valley expression of Cab pulls from many of the Washington’s oldest and most exciting sites such as Bacchus, Dionysus and Weinbau near the Columbia River, Kiona’s Heart of the…

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Spangler Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Southern Oregon, $27

When Ohio native Pat Spangler purchased the La Garza property in Oregon’s southern Umpqua Valley, it came with some of the region’s oldest plantings of Cab. On the eastern slopes of his property is Sage Hill, and he dotes on the wind-blown Syrah near the top of his estate. That…

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Charles Smith Wines 2014 The Velvet Devil Merlot, Washington, $13

Best Buy! While it’s Cab and Syrah that generate a lot of the red headlines in Washington, it’s Merlot that remains the state’s workhorse grape. Charles Smith’s team sourced from seven sites, including Art denHoed in the northern reaches of the Yakima Valley, Goose Ridge near Richland and Sundance on…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Panorama Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

In recent vintages, Tom Stangeland began to focus his Panorama project on Merlot, and his continued relationship with Elephant Mountain and Arianses allows him to take this to the next level. Ripe and alluring aromas of black cherry and blackberry include coffee and chocolate. Inside, it’s lighter and more hedonistic…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $60

When this young 15-acre Pinot Noir project devoted to Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 clones became available in 2009, the Campbell family jumped at it. And it’s become a smashing success – not only for winemaking son, Adam, but also for his tennis-loving parents. A product of a record-hot vintage…

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Luke 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $25

For decades, Thomas Vogele has sold bottles for some of the continent’s highest-profile wineries. In 2012, he began to develop his own brands, starting with Luke. There’s the mystical tale of a man named “Luke” surrounding the label, while what’s inside the bottle features his growing relationship with the Wahluke…

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Cairdeas Winery 2016 Lawrence Vineyard Nellie Mae White Wine, Columbia Valley, $24

Charlie Lybecker remains devoted to Rhône Valley varieties and continues to sharpen his approach by focusing on Lawrence Vineyard in the proposed Royal Slope American Viticultural Area for the blend of Viognier (60%) and Roussanne (40%). There’s no oak involved, which keeps it fruity and lively, starting with aromas of…

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Alder Ridge Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

One of the Northwest’s most picturesque vineyards, Alder Ridge is a sweeping site at 800 acres that has supplied prized fruit for a number of producers on both sides of the Columbia River soon after it was established in 1997. The spirit of the late John Farmer, vineyard manager for…

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