DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $37

Wine Press Northwest’s 2017 Oregon Winery of the Year affirmed its award this spring at the Cascadia Wine Competition with a double gold medal for its 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir. A product of Brian Denner’s first vintage for DANCIN, this Pinot Noir is full and lush with flavors…

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Patterson Cellars 2016 Forbidden Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Rosé forms a significant part of John Patterson’s Forbidden program, and while he could legally label this latest pink as a Tempranillo rosé, he incorporates Sangiovese (22%) into the final cut for ample acidity. Minimal skin contact gives its inviting Provence color, and it hints at aromas of…

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Maryhill Winery 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $18

One of the Pacific Northwest’s largest productions of rosé ranks among the best, and it starts with the Italian grape Sangiovese in the Yakima Valley at Tudor Hills Vineyard. The pick was Oct. 18, and winemaker Richard Batchelor’s subtle touch creates a gorgeous light strawberry color that leads to mouthwatering…

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $20

The story begins with the sandy soils that make up Tinhorn Creek’s estate Diamondback Vineyard on British Columbia’s Black Sage Bench, but harvest spanned a month to create four separate lots. There were hand-picked lots that were split up between steel and wood fermentations. There also were machine-harvested lots that…

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Cairdeas Winery 2014 Tri Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley, $39

Lake Chelan vintner Charlie Lybecker deepens his delicious work with Rhône varieties with this GSM-style blend of Grenache (12%), Syrah (64%) and Mourvèdre from three of the Yakima Valley’s top sites — Dineen, Meek and Art den Hoed. Half of the Syrah and Grenache lots were whole-cluster fermented, which provides…

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Stottle Winery 2013 Big Eddie Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley $36

Puget Sound winemaker Josh Stottlemyer continues to shows a deft hand with blending, and he’s boosted the level of Merlot (60%) in this Right Bank-style assemblage of Bordeaux varities. He traditionally relies on Elephant Mountain Vineyard for his Merlot. Equal portions of Malbec from 6 Prong Vineyard from the Horse…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Pheasant Vineyard The Estates Late Harvest Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $25

Milbrandt brothers Butch and Jerry have helped turn Mattawa, Wash., and the surrounding Wahluke Slope into a wine-producing region of worldwide acclaim, yet their work with Riesling might go overlooked. Pheasant Vineyard is a warmer site than most, and that allows young winemaker Emily Haines ripen this lot of Riesling…

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Coiled Wines 2015 Sparkling Rizza, Snake River Valley, $28

Leslie Preston trained in Napa’s tony Stags Leap District where Cab is king, but the Idaho native continues to devote more of her time and energy to Riesling in multiple forms, including her fun bubbles project that continues to grow. She collaborates with Andrew Davis of Radiant Sparkling Wine Co.,…

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Ryan Patrick Wines 2015 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $12

Best Buy! Acclaimed growers Dick and Larry Olsen produced suave wines as vintners in Prosser, Wash., before closing their Olsen Estates operation. A growing number of winemakers are spotlighting their fruit with Olsen Brothers Vineyard-designated wines, but rarely at bargain prices. Columbia Basin winemaker Jeremy Santo, who grew up in…

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Isenhower Cellars 2014 Dutchman Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $34

Grandview, Wash., grower Bill denHoed established Dutchman Vineyard in 1991, not long after Red Willow Vineyard became the first in the state to plant Syrah. This marked the 16th vintage of Syrah production for Brett Isenhower, which explains why he’s among the Walla Walla Valley’s leaders with the red Rhône…

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