Lujon Wine Cellars 2014 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30

John Derthick is among the growing community of boutique winemakers in Oregon who reach into Washington’s Yakima and Walla Walla valleys to offer their customers bigger Bordeaux reds alongside their Burgundy-influenced wines. Here, the Carlton vintners pulled Malbec from Birch Creek Vineyard near the Walla Walla Valley town of Milton,…

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Abacela 2014 Barrel Select Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29

In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings…

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Angel Vine 2013 Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $24

Oregon winemaker Ed Fus creates a blend of this Italian grape from two of Washington state’s top sites — StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills — for a 16-barrel cuvée of Primitivo. Tedd Wildman’s StoneTree lot came off Sept. 20, and…

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Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Moody Vineyard Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $48

Hood River vintner Robb Bell continues to expand his vineyard-designate program, and Moody Vineyard east of The Dalles, Ore., is featured for his distinctive bottlings of Cabernet Sauvigon, Cabernet Franc and this Syrah. Moody’s northern aspect slopes toward the confluence of the Columbia and Deschutes rivers, and Bell’s winemaking team…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

The flagship Pinot Noir bottling by Tony Rynders for Oregon’s rejuvenated Panther Creek brand encompasses four growing regions and six vineyards, including the large Wildewood and Loubejac plantings influenced by the Van Duzer Corridor near Monmouth. There’s a slightly hedonistic approach to this darker Pinot Noir, starting with aromas of…

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Dobbes Family Estate 2015 Sundown Vineyard Viognier, Rogue Valley, $26

Dundee, Ore., winemaker Joe Dobbes can be viewed as the state’s pioneer with Viognier. It’s a love affair inspired by a 1989 dining experience in Lyon, and it blossomed a few years later with Southern Oregon growers Don and Traute Moore on behalf of Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Griffin Creek brand.…

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Silvan Ridge Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

Argentine winemaker Juan Pablo Valot creates the Pinot Gris for this historic Eugene property in a crisp Oregon style that’s far from tropical. In fact, it’s a bone-dry Pinot Gris for Sauvignon Blanc lovers with the focus on gooseberry, lime and lemon with minerality and scintillating acidity that screams for…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Schindler Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $50

Tony Rynders put Domaine Serene on the international map during the 2000s, and he’s quickly re-established Panther Creek Cellars as one of the Willamette Valley’s most delicious brands. A longtime friend of Ken Wright, who created Panther Creek in the 1980s, the University of California-Davis grad works with 18-acre Schindler…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 French Creek Valley Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $35

Washington viticulturist Damon Lalonde presented some of the state’s oldest Chardonnay to winemaker Tony Rynders, who shines with these Wente clone vines established near Prosser in 1981. Once in the Willamette Valley, Rynders devoted 16 months to a barrel program of 28% new French oak. That helps give it a…

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Zena Crown Vineyard 2013 Σ The Sum Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $75

The first commercial vintage for Jackson Family Wines after its purchase of Zena Crown Vineyard west of Salem, Ore., is a collaboration of winemakers Tony Rynders and Shane Moore, and they use the sigma sign to designate mathematical symbol of “the sum.” Indeed, this is deep dark red fruited Pinot…

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