Barrister Winery NV Rough Justice Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $23

It’s a rather remarkable logistical effort for attorneys Greg Lipsker and Michael White to create the Rough Justice each year at their winery in downtown Spokane’s Entertainment District. However, the sources for their flagship wine help explain the success they achieve year after year. Their latest blend leads with Merlot…

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Love That Red Winery 2016 Love That Rosé, Columbia Valley, $18

Terry Wells uses his winery in Woodinville, Wash., to pay tribute to Love That Red, an acclaimed Thoroughbred who ran at Santa Anita in Southern California. The inaugural release of Wells’ rosé rides through Southern Rhône with its blend of Syrah (69%), Cinsault (15%), Grenache (9%) and Mourvèdre (7%). Aromas…

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Balboa Winery 2014 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, Columbia Valley, $55

Tom Glase and Tyler Grennan used Eidolon and Summit View vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley to build this balanced blend of Grenache and Syrah with Mourvèdre from Corliss-owned The Canyons off Red Mountain. They used 16 months in French oak barrels to help create a deliciously managed wine. Aromas…

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Winter’s Hill Winery 2014 Block 9-Corner Estate Single Block Series Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $49

Russell Gladhart and his family’s historic farm in the Dundee Hills were a featured attraction during the 2017 International Pinot Noir Conference, and this two-barrel production from Block 9 is a blend of Dijon 114, 115, Pommard and Wädenswil. The harvest of Sept. 14 yields the light and lively style…

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Burnt Bridge Cellars 2014 Pont Brûlé Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $35

One of the southernmost wineries in Washington state, Burnt Bridge Cellars in Vancouver pulls from vineyards on both sides of the Oregon/Washington border in the Walla Walla Valley while constructing its delicious GSM-style blend. The Grenache (35%) comes from Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain in the middle of the Yakima…

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Airfield Estates 2013 Aviator Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $30

The Miller family continues to blend its Aviator as a Left Bank Bordeaux-style wine, and it ranks among Airfield Estates’ most decorated wines, including a silver medal at the prestigious 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Marcus Miller led it with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (10%),…

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Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Aspen Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $40

The Aspen Block at Wayne Bailey’s estate near McMinnville, Ore., dates to 2006, but the 2015 vintage marks the first time that the family has bottled a Chardonnay from its collection of Dijon clones 75 and 95 with another French clone 548. It could be the 548 that presents the…

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Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $45

Steve Lutz pays tribute to his late father-in-law, Lenny, an English farmer who served as inspiration to plant this steep, 21-acre property near the town of Yamhill, Ore. (Lenny’s profile also appears on the label.) The flagship Pinot Noir for Lenné Estate is a product of the most fruitful vintage…

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Mercer Estates 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $42

The Mercer family’s Cavalie Vineyard is a particular sweet spot for Cabernet Sauvignon, and winemaker Jessica Munnell pulled Malbec (16%) from Spice Cabinet Vineyard for the well-crafted presentation of Cab. Fun aromas of Chukar Cherry, plum, Lucky Charms Blue Diamond marbit and light toast. The superb fine-grained tannin structure allows…

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Vino La Monarcha 2014 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20

The Wahluke Slope continues to burnish its reputation for red wines, and Victor Palencia knows this region as well as anyone with his work for Jones of Washington and clients at his Mattawa custom-crush facility. Here, the Walla Walla Community College grad also shines with his one of his own…

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