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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Convergence Zone Cellars 2011 Squall Line Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $32

Woodinville winemaker Scott Greenberg spends a fair bit of time on Red Mountain, and he sourced this Cab from E&E Shaw Vineyard, gathering up Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec (2%) from the Hedges family’s Bel Villa Vineyard to add complexity. It’s a remarkably expressive drink, starting with aromas of cherry…

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Mount St. Helens Cellars 2014 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $29

Gary Dunbar grew up near Mount St. Helens before she blew her top and later moved to California’s Santa Clara Valley where he began to dabble with wine grapes. A few years ago, he returned to Southwest Washington and established Morning Star Vineyard near Silver Lake. However, he sources his…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $26

This dark and smoky Merlot from the Milbrandt brothers’ holdings across the arid Wahluke Slope in the Columbia Basin offers aromas of black currant, blueberry, black licorice, earthiness and buttered popcorn. Flavors of plums, blueberries and black cherry show intense extraction, exploding across the palate with plum skin tannins, juicy…

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