Telaya Wine Co. 2014 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $30


The Sullivans continue to grow their program in Idaho’s Snake River Valley, and they doubled production of their dark and savory Syrah off Sawtooth Vineyard for the 2014 vintage. The fragrant nose of mocha, salted caramel and cola includes black olive, sandalwood and toast – signs of the 20 months…

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Eternal Wines 2015 Sunshine Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $35


Sommelier-turned-winemaker Brad Binko trained at Walla Walla Community College, and he worked with Morrison Lane grapes for this fanciful Viognier. The Morrisons established Viognier on their four-generation farm in Walla Walla, and Viognier historically has been the only white grape they grow in the 20-year history. Beautiful aromas of piña…

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Vidon Vineyard 2013 Hans Clone Pommard Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50


Vicki and Don Hagge began to lay out Vidon (VEE-Dohn) Vineyard in 1999, and they’ve achieved L.I.V.E. status as a certified sustainable site near Newberg, Ore. Don’s work with Pommard in his Hans Block, planted within the elevation range of 400-500 feet, shows the dark and ripe tones one expects…

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 DenHoed Vineyards Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $11


Best Buy! Mike Conway and daughter Natalie shine with aromatic whites, but this marks just their sixth vintage of producing Pinot Gris. Their latest effort may be perhaps their best with this Italian grape, and they present it with an orchard fruit style rather than a tropical style. It starts…

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Silvan Ridge Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $26


Argentine winemaker Juan Pablo Valot worked at acclaimed Pinot Noir producers such as Dobbes Family Estate, Soter Vineyard and Willamette Valley Vineyards, and that experience shows in the flagship wine for this historic brand in the south Willamette Valley. There’s a Burgundian theme with its notes of light cherry, cassis,…

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H/H Estates NV Coyote Canyon Vineyard Pour It Charlie Port-style Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $32


Each time the Andrews family looks back on this fortified project, there’s a bit of melancholy involved. Coyote Canyon winery dog, Charlie Bear, pass away during its production at ripe old age of 17. Syrah (38%) and Graciano (12%) from the hot 2013 vintage came in at 27 Brix, and…

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Winter’s Hill 2015 Estate Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills, $19


The Gladhart family devotes 2 of their 35 acres to Pinot Blanc, a white grape from Burgundy that thrives in cooler conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Whole-cluster fermentation in stainless steel helps explain the phenomenally floral aromas of piña colada and peach fuzz backed by tangerine, grapefruit and Rose’s Lime…

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Isenhower Cellars 2014 Wallula Vineyard Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $34


One of Washington’s oldest plantings of Mourvèdre, a block dating to 1998, comes to life in the hands of Walla Walla’s Brett Isenhower. His presentation of fruit harvested Oct. 9 leads to enticing aromas of dusty blackberry and Jolly Rancher grape candy with pinches of black pepper, anise and oregano.…

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Avennia 2014 Boushey Vineyard Arnaut Syrah, Yakima Valley, $50


Woodinville winemaker Chris Peterson and grower Dick Boushey continue their remarkable connection with Syrah, and this marks the second consecutive vintage in which Avennia has earned our top rating for this annual tribute to Arnaut Daniel, a medieval French lyrical poet. The subtle use of new French oak (15%) over…

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Fujishin Family Cellars 2014 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25


Snake River Valley native Martin Fujishin has displayed a knack for blending that has earned him national attention with his Rhône-inspired Amatino. However, the 2014 vintage prompted him to release a standalone Syrah, something he doesn’t do every year. Polo Cove, a large block adjacent to acclaimed Fraser Vineyard, is…

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