Daven Lore Winery 2012 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

Daven Lore Winery of Prosser, Wash., brought in Merlot from the adjacent Horse Heaven Hills for this wine, then cranked out another gold medal wine. It opens with sweet aromas of blackberry fruit augmented by deeper tones of blueberry and black currant. Its flavor profile sports ripe summer blackberries and…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snipes Mountain, $44

Nobody makes more wines from Snipes Mountain, an upthrust in the middle of the Yakima Valley near the community of Sunnyside, than Robert Smasne. And Upland Vineyard is one of the historic plantings in Washington wine country, with a legacy that stretches back to 1917. This elegant yet powerful Cabernet…

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Quady North 2015 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $20

Based in Medford, Ore., second-generation vintner Herb Quady tapped fruit from the Rogue Valley for its 2015 blend of 40% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. Called Pistoleta and sporting a pair of derringers on its label, it’s highly aromatic, with spice, pear, melon and and lime…

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O•S Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $25

Using grapes from Sheridan Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this winery in the south Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown has created a beautiful and elegant Cab Franc. Aromas of dried purple lavender and black cherry give way to flavors of huckleberry, vanilla cream and sweet dried herbs. It’s all backed by…

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Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

The prominent letter “Z” emblazoned on Zerba Cellars’ label is the perfect symbol for the Walla Walla Valley winery’s 2013 Zinfandel. Drawing on grapes from his home AVA, winemaker Doug Nierman crafted another gold medal winner for the Milton-Freewater, Ore., winery. In the glass, vanilla, black currants, blackberries and raisins…

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Westport Winery NV Duckleberry Grunt, Washington, $27

Dana Roberts’ blend of Gewürztraminer and blueberry remains one of the Washington coastal winery’s most popular wines with consumers and critics. The nose of Hostess berry pie also brings hints of cherry, vanilla and drip coffee. On the palate, it’s incredibly fruity and juicy with Marionberry and blueberry flavors. Lingering…

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Northwest Mountain Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $25

South Puget Sound winemaker Ray Curtis relies on the Columbia Valley for his red wine program, and his work with a classic vintage began in late October at Paul Burgess’ vineyard near Pasco. Enticing aromas of dark-roasted coffee, blackberry, Red Vines licorice, red bell pepper and mocha lead to sweet…

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Hoodsport Winery NV Blueberry, Washington $24

There were less than 20 wineries in Washington state when Hoodsport entered the industry, and while it produces wines from vinifera, the Puget Sound producer also releases several non-grape bottlings – including two styles of Blueberry. This is the off-dry version, but it’s no overly sweet at just 1% residual…

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Cerebella Wines 2013 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Robb Zimmel’s first commercial vintage at Zimmel-Unruh Cellars includes his Cerebella brand, and the recent graduate of Washington State University-Tri-Cities wine program is off to a jammy start with this red Bordeaux variety from the Walla Walla Valley. The former Army flight medic presents Malbec with expressive aromas of black…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29

Elk Cove Vineyards has built a long record of crafting fine Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley grapes, and its 2014 adds to that reputation furthered by second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell. Drawing on vineyards in the valley’s north end, this latest version yields cherry, blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors, plus…

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