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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Cairdeas Winery 2014 Caislen An Papa Meek Vineyard, Yakima Valley, $45

The Lybeckers’ name their Châteaunuf-du-Pape-inspired GSM after the Gaelic phrase “Castle of the Pope”, and they’ve made it a vineyard-design blend of Grenache (44%), Mourvèdre (22%), Syrah (14%), Cinsault (13%) and Counoise featuring Michael Meek’s site near Red Mountain. It’s razzy from start to finish, including aromas of tangerine, cranberry,…

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Wine By Joe 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Best Buy! One of Oregon’s most acclaimed winemakers, “Hollywood” Joe Dobbes, pulls largely from his 30-year-old Seabreeze Vineyard northwest of Salem for this bottling under his bargain Wine By Joe program. It’s a well-balanced, bright and flavorful Pinot Gris that opens with aromas of lemon meringue pie and melon that…

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Burnt Bridge Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Co-founder Mark Mahan continues to invest in some of the best that the Walla Walla Valley has to offer, which includes Dusted Valley-trained Ben Stuart. They’ve changed up the barrel program slightly from the equally stellar 2013 edition of this reserve Cab, allowing it to spend 20 months in all…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $22

Some of Oregon’s oldest vines — the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains norther foothills in 1970 – and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzi’s graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing…

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Mosquito Fleet Winery 2013 Reserve 34 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $90

Kitsap Peninsula winemaker Brian Petersen invested time and money in this two-barrel lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from famed Pepper Bridge Vineyard, a planting managed by Tom Waliser that celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. A remarkable term of 34 months in new Taransaud barrels — hence the Reserve 34 name…

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Eye of the Needle Winery 2016 Moments Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Woodinville winemaker Bob Bullock, proud member of the 12th Man at CenturyLink, quarterbacks this blush-style pink made with Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese, which will tackle a summertime thirst with its tasty mix of strawberry, Fuji apple and raspberry that’s finished nicely dry at just 0.5% residual sugar. This…

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Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Longtime educator Myles Anderson created and taught the viticulture and enology program for Walla Walla Walla Community College. In 2002, he selected one of his top students, Colorado native William vonMetzger, to help him ramp up production of Walla Walla Vintners, the brand Anderson and Gordy Venneri bonded in 1995.…

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DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $37

Wine Press Northwest’s 2017 Oregon Winery of the Year affirmed its award this spring at the Cascadia Wine Competition with a double gold medal for its 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir. A product of Brian Denner’s first vintage for DANCIN, this Pinot Noir is full and lush with flavors…

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $20

The story begins with the sandy soils that make up Tinhorn Creek’s estate Diamondback Vineyard on British Columbia’s Black Sage Bench, but harvest spanned a month to create four separate lots. There were hand-picked lots that were split up between steel and wood fermentations. There also were machine-harvested lots that…

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