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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Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Longtime educator Myles Anderson created and taught the viticulture and enology program for Walla Walla Walla Community College. In 2002, he selected one of his top students, Colorado native William vonMetzger, to help him ramp up production of Walla Walla Vintners, the brand Anderson and Gordy Venneri bonded in 1995.…

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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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