Cathedral Ridge Winery 2012 Bangsund Vineyard Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $48

The versatility of the Columbia Gorge region – and Bangsund Vineyard near The Dalles, Ore., – is showcased in this reserve Syrah from Hood River vintner Robb Bell. Bangsund is a source of Pinot Noir for Cathedral Ridge, and here it creates a Syrah with a theme of cured meat,…

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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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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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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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