Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65

The bountiful 2014 growing season in the Willamette Valley allowed Luisa Ponzi to double production of her family’s reserve Pinot Noir, and yet it merited our top rating for the second straight vintage. Her sources range from the north slope Chehalem Mountains estate sites of Abetina, Aurora and Madrona Vineyards…

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Barnard Griffin 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The hottest vintage in Rob Griffin’s 39th year of winemaking in Washington state meant he and winemaking daughter, Megan Hughes, brought in their Chardonnay from their estate Caroway Vineyard and longtime farming families at Arete, Lonesome Spring Ranch, Crawford vineyards earlier than ever. About a third of this…

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Lagana Cellars 2016 Cockburn Ranch Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Jason Fox, a proud product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, chose to create this is a bright and shiny style, and he’s hit the mark with Sept. 3 harvest at 21 Brix from the Zerba family’s Jon Cockburn Ranch near Milton-Freewater, Ore. It’s fruit-forward from start to finish…

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Daven Lore Winery 2014 The Apprentice Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $45

Founding winemaker/owner Gordon Taylor gives full credit to Sonya Simmons — his apprentice of more than two years — for the production of these two barrels of Cabernet Franc from Gary Groves’ Cordon Grove Vineyard nearby in Prosser, Wash. Enticing aromas of salted chocolate, black cherry and minerality includes pinches…

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Balboa Winery 2016 Bloxom Slope Vineyard Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, $30

Work in the U.S. with this Austrian white grape began with Stephen Reustle in Southern Oregon, and his success with it has inspired others to follow his lead. Walla Walla producers Tom Glase and Tyler Grennan returned to Bloxom Slope and their latest bottling seems on par with the stellar…

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Double Canyon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Crimson Wine Group, with headquarters in Napa, established Double Canyon Vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills in 2007, the same year CEO Patrick DeLong and vineyard manager Will Beightol came on board. The 90-acre Double Canyon Vineyard is hitting its stride, but nearby Phinny Hill Vineyard (farmed by Beightol’s family),…

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Stoller Family Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Dundee Hills, $25

Melissa Burr, who learned winemaking through Chemeketa College and Oregon State University, began working for Bill Stoller in 2003. During the past decade, she’s established a reputation as one of the Willamette Valley’s top rosé producers, and her latest and largest bottling also might be her most delicious. Welcoming aromas…

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Fielding Hills Winery 2013 Riverbend Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $38

The Wade family continues to grow its presence beyond the Wenatchee Valley, where its farming legacy west of the Mississippi began in 1919. The 2013 vintage marked the 15th anniversary of Riverbend Vineyard along the Wahluke Slope, and Mike Wade’s latest expression with Cabernet Franc is rather charming after 19…

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Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2014 Clos Rogue Valley Reserve Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $50

Portland vintner Leah Jorgensen continues to grow her following by producing several expressions of Cabernet Franc from the Rogue Valley. Sundown Vineyard is a Salmon-Safe site planted in 1999 and managed by the Moore family of Quail Run Vineyards acclaim, and this collaboration leads to a showy Cab Franc. Sweet…

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Mercer Estates 2014 Cavalie Vineyard Block 93 Eagle & Plow Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $100

The Mercer family has raised more than $35,000 for veterans’ charities via its unique program with these prized Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Block 93 of Cavalie Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This marks the third vintage for Eagle & Plow, a product of 911 vines planted across 1 acre…

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