Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Boushey Vineyards Sruth Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $27


Earl Sullivan and Telaya — Wine Press Northwest magazine’s 2016 Idaho Winery of the Year – work with famed Washington grower Dick Boushey for this Boise winery’s most readily approachable red wine to date, a blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (40%) and Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 22 months in…

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Skylite Cellars 2012 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Yakima Valley, $32


Robert Smasne’s winemaking skills helped put Skylite Cellars on the map in Walla Walla and beyond, and he also introduced the Hodgins to sites such as Dave Verhey’s vineyard – the source of this marvelous Malbec. It was planted in 2001, two years prior to Smasne beginning his work for…

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Maison De Padgett Winery NV The Smoking Gun Coffee Port-style, Rattlesnake Hills, $20


David and Andrew Padgett loaded another delicious round in the chamber with this latest edition of their coffee-flavored Port-style wine from the Padgett family’s vastly underrated fortified program in the Yakima Valley’s Rattlesnake Hills. The vapor trail of hazelnut coffee, vanilla cream and flan comes to life in a dangerous…

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JoieFarm Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $24


JoieFarm drew on vineyards on the Okanagan region’s Naramata Bench and in Summerland for this Pinot Noir. The result is a cool-climate, elegant drink featuring red cherries, cranberries and refined oak and light spice. On the palate, it is seductively smooth instead of aggressively edgy like some of its southern…

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Fidelitas 2013 Malbec, Red Mountain, $40


Charlie Hoppes drew on Red Mountain for his 2013 Malbec, and the resulting wine offers proof why this American Viticultural Area’s vineyards are focusing more and more on red varieties. His Fidelitas bottling is faithful to the Bordeaux grape, with flavors and aromas of black plums, blackberries and black cap…

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Longship Cellars 2013 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Kyle Welch – the “ginger man” – is crafting the wines for this young Richland, Wash., winery, and he’s off to a great start. This beautiful Syrah uses grapes primarily from the Walla Walla Valley with a small amount from the warm Horse Heaven Hills. On the nose, it exudes…

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Cairdeas Winery 2013 Artist Series Syrah, Lake Chelan, $45

The Lybeckers’ devotion to the wine industry lured them from life near the Puget Sound to a new career along Lake Chelan, and their passion and pursuit of Rhône varieties is apparent. Growing conditions surrounding the lake help to balance hot growing seasons such as 2013, and this product of…

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Windy Canyon 2014 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Charles Weaver and his family recently launched its Windy Canyon brand south of Lowden, Wash., crafting small lots of red wines, and their expression with Syrah comes from Les Collines Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. This beautiful and graceful Syrah offers aromas of blackberry jam, smoked bacon…

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Convergence Zone Cellars 2011 Squall Line Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $32

Woodinville winemaker Scott Greenberg spends a fair bit of time on Red Mountain, and he sourced this Cab from E&E Shaw Vineyard, gathering up Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec (2%) from the Hedges family’s Bel Villa Vineyard to add complexity. It’s a remarkably expressive drink, starting with aromas of cherry…

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Mount St. Helens Cellars 2014 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $29

Gary Dunbar grew up near Mount St. Helens before she blew her top and later moved to California’s Santa Clara Valley where he began to dabble with wine grapes. A few years ago, he returned to Southwest Washington and established Morning Star Vineyard near Silver Lake. However, he sources his…

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