Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Limited Release Chenin Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

Bob Bertheau and white winemaker David Rosenthal are doing some of Washington state’s top work in spotlighting this Loire Valley grape, and their comparatively small-lot work with Chenin Blanc from their 34-year-old Horse Heaven Vineyard is beautiful. They refer to this as their “melon-style wine,” and it’s brimming with tones…

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Burnt Bridge Cellars 2013 Blend X Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $40

College Cellars graduate Ben Stuart continues to enjoy his homecoming to the Portland/Vancouver area as the new winemaker for Burnt Bridge Cellars, not far from historic Fort Vancouver. The Walla Walla Community College product recently took over for cancer researcher/winemaker David Smith, and Stuart did an impeccable job blending this…

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Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2014 Tour Rain Vin Rouge, Oregon, $25

Virginia native Leah Jorgensen saw her Loire Valley-inspired red blend from the 2012 vintage finish No. 33 on Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 Northwest Wines of 2013, and she’s back with her latest graceful expression of Cabernet Franc and Gamay Noir off two sustainably farmed sites. It’s a 55/45 blend…

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Columbia Winery 2013 Tempranillo, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

This big red grape variety from the Iberian Peninsula shines in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s found a home in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. Columbia winemaker Sean Hails harvested this early ripener in mid-September and his use of both French and American barrels shows a light hand with new oak…

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Seven Falls Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $20

Grapes from the Wahluke Slope went into this Cabernet Sauvignon from Seven Falls Cellars, one of the many pearls in Chateau Ste. Michelle’s string of wineries. Still primarily a restaurant pour, its stellar consistency in the hands of winemaker Doug Gore has made it highly coveted. Its nose promises deep…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2013 Stratus Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $32

Seattle wood craftsmen Tom Stangeland has transformed much of his studio into a winery/tasting room between SoDo and Georgetown. For these two barrels of Petit Verdot, he concentrated his effort on Joel Hattrup’s Elephant Mountain Vineyard – among the highest-elevation sites in the Yakima Valley. The woodworker reached for new…

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Sovereign Cellars 2013 Syrah, Red Mountain, $35

Dennis Gross continues to make some of Washington state’s most delicious red wines from his tiny production facility he bonded in 2004 in capital city of Olympia. Much of his fruit comes from the Williams family on Red Mountain, and Kiona forms the base of this Syrah, while Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Plain Cellars 2013 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30

Plain Cellars in Leavenworth, Wash., tracked down grapes from the Lonesome Spring Ranch vineyard in the Yakima Valley to make its 2013 Petite Sirah, then aged it in French and Bulgarian oak. The result is a big, oaky fellow with sinewy shoulders but good manners that you’ll welcome to the…

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Stina’s Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $25

Washington’s warm Wahluke Slope nurtured the Tempranillo grapes for Stina’s Cellars in Lakewood, Wash., and the folks who live almost in the shadow of Mount Rainier crafted that fruit into a shining 2013 vintage that features aromas of bright cherries and spicy vanilla. In the mouth, those cherries pop with…

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TeSóAria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Vermentino Secco, Southern Oregon, $27

Southern Oregon pioneer Dick Troon introduced this white Italian grape to the Pacific Northwest. TeSóAria’s founding winemaker John Olson is helping to build a market for Vermentino at both ends of Oregon via his own work at the estate Celestina Vineyard in the South Medford foothills. Researchers have linked the…

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