Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $29

Last fall, Stephen Reustle received the Six Nations Wine Challenge award in Australia for best Syrah and he remains on the mark with this reserve bottling, one of the four expressions of this Rhône variety that he grows near Roseburg, Ore. (The invite-only judging Down Under gave best of class…

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Drink Washington State Winery NV Sparkling Riesling, Yakima Valley, $19

Certified sommelier Brad Binko grew up in upstate New York and lorded over wine lists in Charleston, S.C., before moving cross-country to make wine in Washington state. He’s already operating in the Walla Walla airport complex and winning gold medals for the wines he made while completing his degree in…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Looking back, Marty Clubb views the quality of the 2013 vintage alongside those of 1998 and 2003, and the acclaimed Walla Walla winemaker sourced from many of Washington state’s top vineyards for this particularly remarkable Merlot. Historic Sagemoor sites Bacchus and Dionysus, StoneTree, Klipsun, Candy Mountain and Pepper Bridge are…

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Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Proprietor’s Cuvée Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $65

Kit Singh’s latest version of a Left Bank Bordeaux blend ranks right alongside the best efforts of the Woodinville dentist’s young winemaking career. It began in some of Washington’s top vineyards – Ambassador and Quintessence on Red Mountain, Upland on Snipes Mountain, Dineen in the Rattlesnake Hills and Stillwater Creek…

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TeSòAria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Oregon, $35

Vegan vintner John Olson bought this Roseburg, Ore., winery in 2008 and opened a Portland tasting room five years later. He crafts a wide variety of wines, and this Sauvignon Blanc is one of his best. Aromas of grass, green herbs and muskiness lead to flavors of crisp Granny Smith…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! A generation ago, Chenin Blanc was a variety that produced cherished wines along the West Coast. Fortunately, Marty Clubb has remained an ardent champion of this grape native to the Loire Valley, and he continues to secure contracts with four venerable vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Phil Church,…

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Dumas Station 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Why mess with success? Jay Dewitt continues to focus on Minnick Hills and Birch Creek vineyards for this rich and round Cabernet Sauvignon that follows up on his remarkable Cab from the cooler 2011 vintage. Alluring fruity aromas of blackberry and plum blend nicely with dark chocolate, spice rub and…

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Jones of Washington 2013 Estate Vineyards Carménère, Wahluke Slope, $30

Columbia Valley winemaker Victor Palencia ranks among the Pacific Northwest’s premier producers of aromatic white wines, and he shows his skill here for the Jones family with the obscure red Bordeaux variety Carménère. It offers enticing aromas of blackberry, loganberry and cherry juice with alluring light toast and herbal notes…

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Dunham Cellars 2014 Lewis Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Daniel Wampfler was the Dunham Cellars winemaker until leaving late last year for another Walla Walla producer. This superb Riesling will remain part of his legacy. Elegant aromas of apple, minerality and spice lead to flavors of pear and a hint of lemon. It’s all backed with stunning acidity that…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Tempranillo, Snipes Mountain, $36

Perhaps only Upland vineyard owner/manager Todd Newhouse knows this portion of the Yakima Valley better than Robert Smasne, who works this warm site for several wineries – including his own. This grape that’s native to the Iberian Peninsula performs well on this hot and rocky mountain, revealing aromas of plum,…

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