Daven Lore Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Gordon Taylor’s home/winery/tasting room is perched overlooking the town of Prosser, Wash., and the Yakima River, but he’s also just beyond the northern edge of the Horse Heaven Hills. Alder Ridge, his source for this Cab, is across a southern ledge of the Horse Heaven Hills. Another vineyard of renown,…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65

The bountiful 2014 growing season in the Willamette Valley allowed Luisa Ponzi to double production of her family’s reserve Pinot Noir, and yet it merited our top rating for the second straight vintage. Her sources range from the north slope Chehalem Mountains estate sites of Abetina, Aurora and Madrona Vineyards…

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Armstrong Family Winery 2015 Lawrence Vineyards Viognier, Columbia Valley, $22

The Armstrong family works with the Lawrence family’s Corfu Crossing Vineyard and its 2008 planting of Viognier at 1,500 feet elevation along the Royal Slope north of Wahluke Slope. One of Washington’s highest vineyards seems to make sense for Viognier as winemakers chase ripeness while maintaining acidity in this finicky…

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Airfield Estates 2015 Dauntless Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $18

The Miller family creates this all-estate Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend with thought, exemplified in the precise percentages of Merlot (69%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot. Baking spices, toast and violet aromas include black cherry and cassis. The sturdiness of Washington Merlot provides the baseline…

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H/H Estates 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Robert Andrews Reserve Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

Rancher-turned-vintner Mike Andrews pays tribute to his father with this Mourvèdre, one of the two dozen varieties that seem to thrive across this 1,100-acre planting in the Horse Heaven Hills south of Prosser, Wash. This spicy red Rhône grape offers sweet aromas of Sugarfina Finnska Red licorice and black currant…

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Barnard Griffin 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The hottest vintage in Rob Griffin’s 39th year of winemaking in Washington state meant he and winemaking daughter, Megan Hughes, brought in their Chardonnay from their estate Caroway Vineyard and longtime farming families at Arete, Lonesome Spring Ranch, Crawford vineyards earlier than ever. About a third of this…

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Lagana Cellars 2016 Cockburn Ranch Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Jason Fox, a proud product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, chose to create this is a bright and shiny style, and he’s hit the mark with Sept. 3 harvest at 21 Brix from the Zerba family’s Jon Cockburn Ranch near Milton-Freewater, Ore. It’s fruit-forward from start to finish…

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Daven Lore Winery 2014 The Apprentice Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $45

Founding winemaker/owner Gordon Taylor gives full credit to Sonya Simmons — his apprentice of more than two years — for the production of these two barrels of Cabernet Franc from Gary Groves’ Cordon Grove Vineyard nearby in Prosser, Wash. Enticing aromas of salted chocolate, black cherry and minerality includes pinches…

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Balboa Winery 2016 Bloxom Slope Vineyard Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, $30

Work in the U.S. with this Austrian white grape began with Stephen Reustle in Southern Oregon, and his success with it has inspired others to follow his lead. Walla Walla producers Tom Glase and Tyler Grennan returned to Bloxom Slope and their latest bottling seems on par with the stellar…

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Double Canyon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Crimson Wine Group, with headquarters in Napa, established Double Canyon Vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills in 2007, the same year CEO Patrick DeLong and vineyard manager Will Beightol came on board. The 90-acre Double Canyon Vineyard is hitting its stride, but nearby Phinny Hill Vineyard (farmed by Beightol’s family),…

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