Lujon Wine Cellars 2014 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30


John Derthick is among the growing community of boutique winemakers in Oregon who reach into Washington’s Yakima and Walla Walla valleys to offer their customers bigger Bordeaux reds alongside their Burgundy-influenced wines. Here, the Carlton vintners pulled Malbec from Birch Creek Vineyard near the Walla Walla Valley town of Milton,…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2015 Glaze Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! Ross Andrew Mickel made his name in the Woodinville wine scene, and now his wines are poured in downtown Walla Walla. This fresh product under his remarkable Glaze program is a remarkable value with some nice layers of complexity. Dark cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas include light toast,…

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Angel Vine 2013 Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $24


Oregon winemaker Ed Fus creates a blend of this Italian grape from two of Washington state’s top sites — StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills — for a 16-barrel cuvée of Primitivo. Tedd Wildman’s StoneTree lot came off Sept. 20, and…

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Martinez and Martinez Winery 2013 César Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $26


At some point, the Martinez family will begin to price their red wines commensurate to their quality. This father/son team uses estate Horse Heaven Hills fruit and produces their wines at Prosser’s Winemakers Loft, and in recent years they’ve been flexible with their proprietary César blend. Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) remains…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15


Best Buy! Each year, Bob Bertheau’s team brings another remarkable — and massive — representation of Cabernet Sauvignon made in Washington. The bountiful 2014 vintage from Ste. Michelle’s growers, which include their own Canoe Ridge Estate, Cold Creek and Indian Wells vineyards, allowed for an additional 112,000 cases — an…

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Isenhower Cellars 2015 “i” Holiday Paintbrush Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20


It’s rare to find wines from a Walla Walla Valley producer at this price, yet here is a wide-ranging, youthful and approachable red from Brett Isenhower. And he brought in fruit from such vineyards at Dineen, Olsen Ranch and Upland from the Yakima Valley, Wallula in the Horse Heaven Hills…

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Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Moody Vineyard Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $48


Hood River vintner Robb Bell continues to expand his vineyard-designate program, and Moody Vineyard east of The Dalles, Ore., is featured for his distinctive bottlings of Cabernet Sauvigon, Cabernet Franc and this Syrah. Moody’s northern aspect slopes toward the confluence of the Columbia and Deschutes rivers, and Bell’s winemaking team…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17


The breadbasket that is the Wahluke Slope creates the platform for this rather stylish Merlot from Milbrandt, which gets some flesh from Syrah (18%) and added bones from Petit Verdot (5%). There’s toastiness to the aromas, joined by milk chocolate, raspberry and chokecherry. Its flavors are smooth with a long…

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Amavi Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $41


Norm McKibben and Jean François-Pellet created Amavi Cellars in 2001 to showcase grape varieties beyond those from Bordeaux that dominate their illustrious Pepper Bridge brand. Naturally, Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley is a centerpiece to Amavi, and sustainably farmed Les Collines ranks as one of the highest elevation vineyards…

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Owen Roe 2013 Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $28


While it doesn’t meet the Meritage criteria as his most expensive wine, Yakima Valley champion David O’Reilly devotes fruit from some of Washington’s top vineyards to the flagship offering under his iconic Owen Roe brand. DuBrul, Red Willow, Eldering and O’Reilly estate plantings Outlook and Union Gap make up this…

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