Smasne Cellars 2011 The Farmer Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $22

Robert Smasne’s family has been farming in Washington’s Yakima Valley for more than a century, and it’s a heritage he pays homage to with many of his labels. His stellar work with Cabernet Sauvignon continues with this bottling from a cooler vintage, beginning with pleasing toast aromatics, black fruit, dark…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Washington, $18

Lewis-Clark Valley winemaker Art McIntosh sent this Chardonnay from the Columbia Valley through new French oak for six weeks just prior to filtering. It offers aromas of dried pear, caramel, maple nut, vanilla and orchard blossoms that give way to pleasing flavors of Ambrosia apple, Bartlett pear and pineapple. Touches…

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Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Selenium Vineyard Noble Wine Riesling, Yakima Valley, $39

Nicolas Quille and Steven Sealock would seem to be as devoted as ever to the exploration of Riesling in its many shapes and styles, and their majestic young package for their late-harvest “Noble Wine” is downright fascinating. The golden nectar doesn’t let you down, either. Amazing aromas of dusty white…

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Obelisco Estate 2012 Malbec, Red Mountain, $45

Obelisco Estate used 100% estate-grown Red Mountain fruit for this wine, which displays its home AVA’s warm-climate, deep fruit. Combined with Malbec’s natural tendency to produce grapes with color from the heart of darkness, this wine shows off deep, dark plum and summer blackberry aromas and flavors, closing with graceful…

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Naches Heights Vineyard 2013 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $30

Naches Heights vintner Phil Cline stayed close to home in finding the grapes for his Grenache, tapping Two Coyote Vineyard he works with in the Yakima Valley. The result is an aromatic Rhône-influenced red wine that displays pomegranate, blackberry and spice in the glass, then juicy pomegranate, blackberry and blueberry…

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Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Van Duzer Vineyards near Dallas, Ore., drew on several Willamette Valley sources for its 2013 Pinot Noir, crafting a wine that startles the taster with licorice elements in its opening aromas, backed by cherries and spice. On the tongue, there are more cherries and licorice, plus a hint of blueberry,…

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Strange Folk Wines NV La Bohéme White Wine, Snake River Valley, $12

Boise winemaker Jed Glavin, whose primary label is Split Rail Winery, shows his nonconformist side with the wine-in-a-can Strange Folk Wines program. The source of this 100 percent Riesling from the 2014 vintage is Skyline Vineyard, Idaho’s largest site, and he presents it with 2% residual sugar. Aromatically, it hints…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah, Washington, $35

Lewis-Clark Valley winemaker Art McIntosh pulls Petite Sirah from two vineyards in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills vineyards – Destiny Ridge and Zephyr Ridge – while getting a small contribution from his family’s own planting among the fields outside of Lewiston, Idaho. There’s a nice blend of fruit and barrel with…

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Dussek Family Cellars 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $36

Alsace native Jean Claude Beck blends fruit from Stoneridge Vineyard on the Royal Slope with that of Pepper Bridge Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley for this expression of Merlot offered at the Woodhouse Wine Estates complex in Woodinville. It spent 26 months in neutral French oak, but there’s also…

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Nefarious Cellars 2013 Madrona Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $37

Longtime fans of Dean Neff will remember that his rèsumè includes working for Oregon wine industry luminaries such as Isabelle Dutarte and Tony Soter. There were even a few barrels of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir bottled under the Nonni and Zing label, a template for their Nefarious brand. The Neffs…

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