Dumas Station Wines 2012 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $60

Grower/winemaker Jay DeWitt produces a reserve Cab for Dumas (DOO-Muss) Station when he feels that vintage is worthy. It helps explain why he only bottled one (2010) since the 2007 vintage, but there’s little doubt 2012 ranks as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most balanced of the century. So he…

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Lookout Point Winery NV The Temptress Red Wine, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Yakima psychiatrist George Petzinger blends Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Merlot from two Yakima Valley sites — Good Earth Vineyard and Two Coyote Vineyard — with most of the juice having lived in oak since 2010. There’s no sign of either oxidation or age, instead it offers aromas of chocolate-covered cherry,…

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Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Applegate Valley, $23

This three-generation winemaking team in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley draws its Riesling from Jacksonville and presents this is in a relatively dry style, leaving just 1.2% residual sugar. There’s a light bit of toast and diesel to the nose, backed by plenty of citrus aromas and flavors of lemon, lime…

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Fidelitas 2013 Malbec, Red Mountain, $40

Charlie Hoppes drew on Red Mountain for his 2013 Malbec, and the resulting wine offers proof why this American Viticultural Area’s vineyards are focusing more and more on red varieties. His Fidelitas bottling is faithful to the Bordeaux grape, with flavors and aromas of black plums, blackberries and black cap…

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Cedar River Cellars 2014 V•N•A Viognier, Columbia Valley, $22

Micah Nasarow’s treatment of hand-harvested Viognier off Burgess Vineyard from Pasco, Wash., involves no malolactic fermentation, only stainless steel and an unfiltered presentation. That treatment leads to mouth-watering aromas of orange Creamsicle and banana cream pie, while the flavors transition to Asian pear and lime, backed by more orange and…

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Longship Cellars 2013 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Kyle Welch – the “ginger man” – is crafting the wines for this young Richland, Wash., winery, and he’s off to a great start. This beautiful Syrah uses grapes primarily from the Walla Walla Valley with a small amount from the warm Horse Heaven Hills. On the nose, it exudes…

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Cairdeas Winery 2013 Artist Series Syrah, Lake Chelan, $45

The Lybeckers’ devotion to the wine industry lured them from life near the Puget Sound to a new career along Lake Chelan, and their passion and pursuit of Rhône varieties is apparent. Growing conditions surrounding the lake help to balance hot growing seasons such as 2013, and this product of…

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ArborBrook Vineyards 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Sydney Sèmillon, Red Mountain, $36

North Willamette Valley growers Dave and Mary Hansen reach over the Oregon/Washington border and into Red Mountain for this delicate and delicious late harvest Sèmillon they’ve named after their daughter. Renowned winemaker Laurent Montalieu, who trained in Bordeaux before landing in Napa, continues his success with this white Bordeaux grape,…

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Windy Canyon 2014 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Charles Weaver and his family recently launched its Windy Canyon brand south of Lowden, Wash., crafting small lots of red wines, and their expression with Syrah comes from Les Collines Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. This beautiful and graceful Syrah offers aromas of blackberry jam, smoked bacon…

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Del Rio Vineyards 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $21

The Wallace family manages Cab clones 15 and 337 at this former pear orchard near the banks of the Rogue River in Oregon. The light influence of oak allows for aromas of cranberry, cola, cigar box, saddle leather and California red peppercorns. Red currant and Montmorency cherry flavors create a…

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