Cairdeas Winery 2014 Caislen An Papa Meek Vineyard, Yakima Valley, $45

The Lybeckers’ name their Châteaunuf-du-Pape-inspired GSM after the Gaelic phrase “Castle of the Pope”, and they’ve made it a vineyard-design blend of Grenache (44%), Mourvèdre (22%), Syrah (14%), Cinsault (13%) and Counoise featuring Michael Meek’s site near Red Mountain. It’s razzy from start to finish, including aromas of tangerine, cranberry,…

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Wine By Joe 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Best Buy! One of Oregon’s most acclaimed winemakers, “Hollywood” Joe Dobbes, pulls largely from his 30-year-old Seabreeze Vineyard northwest of Salem for this bottling under his bargain Wine By Joe program. It’s a well-balanced, bright and flavorful Pinot Gris that opens with aromas of lemon meringue pie and melon that…

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Burnt Bridge Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Co-founder Mark Mahan continues to invest in some of the best that the Walla Walla Valley has to offer, which includes Dusted Valley-trained Ben Stuart. They’ve changed up the barrel program slightly from the equally stellar 2013 edition of this reserve Cab, allowing it to spend 20 months in all…

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Angel Vine 2015 The Cluster Fus, Columbia Valley, $28

Portland winemaker Ed Fus credits Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe fame in Washington for introducing him to Tedd Wildman of StoneTree Vineyard, and the relationship with the Wahluke Slope site has been critical to the rise of Angel Vine. His new proprietary The Cluster Fus (rhymes with cuss) blend could…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $22

Some of Oregon’s oldest vines — the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains norther foothills in 1970 – and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzi’s graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing…

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Patterson Cellars NV Due Anni Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20

Multiple vintages and eight varieties, paced by Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Syrah (17%), paved the way for Woodinville winemaker John Patterson’s annual proprietary red blend. Aromas of cordial cherry, plum and Heine’s Blend pipe tobacco lead to flavors of Hostess cherry pie, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate, backed by nice…

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Mosquito Fleet Winery 2013 Reserve 34 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $90

Kitsap Peninsula winemaker Brian Petersen invested time and money in this two-barrel lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from famed Pepper Bridge Vineyard, a planting managed by Tom Waliser that celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. A remarkable term of 34 months in new Taransaud barrels — hence the Reserve 34 name…

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Underwood 2016 Rosé, Oregon, $14

Best Buy! Willamette Valley winemaker JP Caldcleugh heads up one of the largest productions of rosé in the Pacific Northwest, and a sizable amount of the release by the prolific Union Wine Co., will be coming out in 375-milliliter cans. It’s more of a pink wine than rosé because Pinot…

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Convergence Zone Cellars 2014 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Drizzle Pinot Gris, Red Mountain, $17

Pinot Gris is just one of three white wine varieties grown across the 36 blocks at the Holmes family’s renowned sites of Ciel du Cheval, and CZ vintner Scott Greenberg pulls from here for an off-dry style of Pinot Gris. Aromas of banana, pear and fresh-cut hay lead down a…

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Eye of the Needle Winery 2016 Moments Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Woodinville winemaker Bob Bullock, proud member of the 12th Man at CenturyLink, quarterbacks this blush-style pink made with Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese, which will tackle a summertime thirst with its tasty mix of strawberry, Fuji apple and raspberry that’s finished nicely dry at just 0.5% residual sugar. This…

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