Stemilt Creek Winery 2014 Transforming Traditions Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $34

The Mathison family began growing tree fruit in the Wenatchee Valley in 1893, and they began planting vineyards for wine in 2001. Their vines reach above the Columbia River up to 1,600 feet elevation, representing one of the highest sites for viticulture in Washington. In 2014, they seemed to have…

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Succession Wines 2016 Evolution White Wine, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $24

This winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan blended Sèmillon and Roussanne from the Ancient Lakes appellation, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting growing regions. On the nose it unfolds with aromas of jasmine and notes of pear and spice. On the palate, it is loaded with flavors…

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The Conqueror Winery 2014 Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $27

Napa-native Bill Murray worked extensively with Canoe Ridge Vineyard during his time as a Walla Walla winemaker for Precept, and he leads this big but approachable red blend with Cabernet Franc. However, the influence of Syrah (25%) is obvious. Aromas and flavors of Rainier cherry, blueberry jam on toast and…

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Marshall Davis Wines 2015 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $36

This band of brothers — Matt Marshall, Ryan Marshall and Sean Davis — established their vineyard and brand in 2011 in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area. They sought to offer their fans more than Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their 6-acre vineyard, so Davis began making big reds from stellar…

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Goose Ridge Vineyards 2015 g3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

The Monson family and its 2,200 acres of vineyard just south of Red Mountain serve as the foundation for many Washington wines. The remarkable bounty of Goose Ridge Vineyard in the proposed Goose Gap appellation paves the way for this delicious entry level g3 tier. Andrew Wilson’s team presents this…

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Tunnel Hill Winery 2015 Malbec, Lake Chelan, $32

Using grapes from Antoine Creek Vineyards on the banks of the Columbia River, outside of the Lake Chelan American Viticultural Area, winemaker Guy Evans has crafted a delicious and remarkable Malbec loaded with classic aromas of black pepper, black and blue fruit and even hints of blackcap raspberries. On the…

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San Juan Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $17

Puget Sound winemaker Chris Lawler took this fruit Sept. 15 from Crawford Vineyard near Prosser, Wash., and ushered it into a crisp wine that’s meant for seafood and shellfish. Aromas of dusty starfruit and dried apricot are matched on the palate, which is finished with citrusy notes. Rating: Excellent Production:…

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Crayelle Cellars 2016 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $23

Craig Mitrakul has been making some of the best wines in North Central Washington for decades, but for other wineries. Now, the Cornell grad has his own brand in Cashmere, and his hard work continues to pay off with this white wine, which was chosen best of show at the…

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Cadaretta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

The Middleton family’s remarkable Southwind Vineyard in the southern portion of the Walla Walla Valley forms much of the base of Cadaretta’s flagship wine, which Kendall Mix polished what Brian Rudin at their Artifex production facility in Walla Walla. The 22 months in French oak presents sweet aromas of a…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

The Ancient Lakes in general and Evergreen Vineyard in particular have proven to be a great spot for growing world-class Riesling. So a gold for this wine is no surprise. Aromas of white flower petals, juicy peaches and crisp apple lead to flavors of Asian pear, Golden Delicious apple and…

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