Cinq Cellars 2013 The Professors, Yakima Valley, $28

Cinq Cellars of Redmond, Wash., dubbed its Cabernet Sauvignon-focused red blend “The Professors” to honor the faculty members of the University of Washington and Washington State University who have helped foster Washington’s wine industry through their research and encouragement. For grapes, Cinq reached into the Yakima Valley, Washington’s oldest AVA,…

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Passing Time 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $75

DeLille Cellars alum Chris Peterson developed the playbook for Great Northwest Wine’s top-ranked wine of 2015, and the Woodinville winemaker has followed up that debut 2012 vintage by throwing another tight spiral for retired quarterbacks Dan Marino and Damon Huard using Milo May’s Discovery Vineyard. There’s opulence and complexity starting…

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L’Ecole No 41 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

L’Ecole No. 41, the Walla Walla Valley’s famous schoolhouse winery, had compiled a consistent record of A-list Syrah over decades. Now it can add its 2013 Columbia Valley version to that honor roll. Fresh game, plum, blueberry and blackberry aromas lead off, followed by more of the same fruit flavors,…

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Armonéa Wines 2013 Russell Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $35

A look beyond the label of this Armonea release reveals why visitors to Wine Country Farm in Oregon’s Dundee Hills – and fans of Ken Wright – might fancy this wine. It starts on Savannah Ridge near the town of Carlton where Dave Grooters and Robin Russell established this vineyard,…

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Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Mourvèdre, Wahluke Slope, $30

Wahluke Slope grower/Tacoma vintner Mike Thiede has produced yet another delicious wine from his quiver of Rhône varieties off his Mattawa, Wash., estate. Dark and intense aromas of plum, blackberry and blueberry, joined by toasted walnut and Whopper candy. The drink is a steady stream of blueberry juice and blackberry,…

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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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