Obelisco Estate 2012 Malbec, Red Mountain, $45

Obelisco Estate used 100% estate-grown Red Mountain fruit for this wine, which displays its home AVA’s warm-climate, deep fruit. Combined with Malbec’s natural tendency to produce grapes with color from the heart of darkness, this wine shows off deep, dark plum and summer blackberry aromas and flavors, closing with graceful…

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Naches Heights Vineyard 2013 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $30

Naches Heights vintner Phil Cline stayed close to home in finding the grapes for his Grenache, tapping Two Coyote Vineyard he works with in the Yakima Valley. The result is an aromatic Rhône-influenced red wine that displays pomegranate, blackberry and spice in the glass, then juicy pomegranate, blackberry and blueberry…

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Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Van Duzer Vineyards near Dallas, Ore., drew on several Willamette Valley sources for its 2013 Pinot Noir, crafting a wine that startles the taster with licorice elements in its opening aromas, backed by cherries and spice. On the tongue, there are more cherries and licorice, plus a hint of blueberry,…

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William Grassie Wine Estates 2013 Libération Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

Owner/winemaker Bill Grassie produces his wines in Woodinville and also has planted a vineyard at his property in Fall City, a tiny community in rural eastern King County. The grapes for this wine come from east of the Cascades, and it is a beautiful effort. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, lightly…

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Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Corrida Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $34

Brian Carter, has a well-earned a reputation as a master of blending. His 2012 Corrida (Spanish for bullfight) red blend of 62% Tempranillo, 17% Graciano, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Merlot and 4% Garnacha illustrates why and shows his skill with building a blend focused on the grapes of Spain. Using…

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Cascade Cliffs 2014 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $55

This tiny Wishram, Wash., winery excels with out-of-the-mainstream grape varieties. This 2014 Barbera opens with dark red and blue aromas and flavors lush with black cherries, blackberries and black raspberries. It finishes with crisp acidity that can easily handle herbed roast pork or duck breasts. This earned a double gold…

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Tucannon Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

Phil Warren’s winery is a stone’s throw from the Yakima River and across Demoss Road from the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area on the parcel that served as the home for the now-defunct Oakwood Cellars. His latest expression of Cab offers aromas of huckleberry, President plum, black cherry and Craisins…

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Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Ray Einberger’s team could rightfully claim “Crest is Best” after the 2005 vintage of this wine was named No. 1 in the world by Wine Spectator. Sugar Ray’s protégé/successor, Juan Muñoz Oca, pulled from Columbia Basin vineyards Beverly and StoneTree as well as Shaw on Red Mountain in this warm,…

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Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Turas, Snake River Valley, $32

Idaho’s Snake River Valley has a proven track record for producing fine Syrah grapes, which form the foundation for Telaya’s 2013 Turas, a blends of Syrah (55%), Petit Verdot (27%) and Malbec. A Syrah-based blend was the first wine for the Garden City winery and has become its flagship blend.…

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Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $28

Homegrown winemaker Rich Cushman rules the Pinot Noir class by crafting the flagship wine for the Bickford family in the Columbia Gorge town of Hood River, Ore. There’s little sign of oak in the nose of blueberry jam, cherry juice and plum flesh from this product of estate vines first…

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