Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Even though Emily Haines left Milbrandt Vineyards last summer for the Sierra Foothills, wines that she produced continue to win plaudits from judges. One of first wines released from her final harvest was this stunning pink blend of Syrah (75%) and Tempranillo off six vineyards, all picked around…

Continue reading

Martin-Scott Winery 2016 The Peddler’s White, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The Martin family’s popular white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat reveals fresh, fantastic aromas and flavors of buttered toast, honeysuckle, peaches and tropical fruit. A hint of apricot and lime add complexity to the finish. It received a gold medal and went on to win best…

Continue reading

Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52

The Harrisons’ holdings in the Walla Walla Valley include Heather Hill Vineyard, which features Cabernet Sauvignon, but their much larger Columbia Valley expression of Cab pulls from many of the Washington’s oldest and most exciting sites such as Bacchus, Dionysus and Weinbau near the Columbia River, Kiona’s Heart of the…

Continue reading

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Panorama Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

In recent vintages, Tom Stangeland began to focus his Panorama project on Merlot, and his continued relationship with Elephant Mountain and Arianses allows him to take this to the next level. Ripe and alluring aromas of black cherry and blackberry include coffee and chocolate. Inside, it’s lighter and more hedonistic…

Continue reading

Winter’s Hill Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $39

The Gladhart family established its vineyard in 1991, and their immediate neighbors along the upper reaches of this southernmost portion of the Dundee Hills include the likes of Domaine Serene and Stoller. A smooth growing season across their Salmon Safe site at 730 feet elevation paved the way for this…

Continue reading

Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2013 Mae’s Vineyard Grand Reserve Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley, $75

A product of Virginia, Leah Jorgensen was selling Loire Valley wines to restaurants and embassies in Washington, D.C., but an invite to Oregon Pinot Camp in 2004 changed her life. By 2011, she’d launched Leah Jorgensen Cellars. Mae’s Vineyard, owned and farmed organically near Jacksonville, Ore., by the Quady family,…

Continue reading

Gordon Estate 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $28

There’s a bit hedonism and a lot of fruit behind this reserve Chardonnay from historic Gordon Estate, but there’s not an overabundance of oak. Harvested on Aug. 27 off Kamiak Vineyard, which overlooks the Snake River, it spent almost exactly one year in a barrel program of 40% new French…

Continue reading

Barrister Winery NV Rough Justice Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $23

It’s a rather remarkable logistical effort for attorneys Greg Lipsker and Michael White to create the Rough Justice each year at their winery in downtown Spokane’s Entertainment District. However, the sources for their flagship wine help explain the success they achieve year after year. Their latest blend leads with Merlot…

Continue reading

Love That Red Winery 2016 Love That Rosé, Columbia Valley, $18

Terry Wells uses his winery in Woodinville, Wash., to pay tribute to Love That Red, an acclaimed Thoroughbred who ran at Santa Anita in Southern California. The inaugural release of Wells’ rosé rides through Southern Rhône with its blend of Syrah (69%), Cinsault (15%), Grenache (9%) and Mourvèdre (7%). Aromas…

Continue reading

Balboa Winery 2014 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, Columbia Valley, $55

Tom Glase and Tyler Grennan used Eidolon and Summit View vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley to build this balanced blend of Grenache and Syrah with Mourvèdre from Corliss-owned The Canyons off Red Mountain. They used 16 months in French oak barrels to help create a deliciously managed wine. Aromas…

Continue reading