King Estate Winery 2014 Domaine Pinot Gris, Oregon, $30

One of the Northwest’s priciest Pinot Gris also ranks among the best. The King family’s team selects top lots from its remarkable estate for its Domaine program, and clones 146 and 152 spend five months on the lees in stainless steel tanks to build mouth feel. The wine releases starfruit…

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Northwest Cellars 2012 Intrigue Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $28

While its price remains stable, the blending program for Robert Delf’s Intrigue is rather fluid each year. This time, the Kirkland, Wash., vintner and winemaker Robert Smasne focused on Bordeaux varieties – Malbec (25%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Carménère (5%) with Syrah as a backblender…

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Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Saffron Fields Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60

The Yamhill-Carlton AVA yielded the fruit for Florent-Pierre Merlier’s 2013 Saffron Fields Pinot Noir. And the result from this grass seed farm-turned-vineyad is aromas of violets, sandalwood, cherry, blueberry compote and spice that lead into flavors of sweet cherries, blueberry skin and whispers of chocolate, closing with a touch of…

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Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Applegate Valley, $22

Cal Schmidt and his family in Southern Oregon shined at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition, earning three gold medals, and while they grow much of the fruit for their program, they contracted with Aardvark Vineyards in Ashland for this pleasant Pinot Gris. Aromas of Mandarin orange, lemon oil and Pink…

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Moon Curser Vineyards 2014 Contraband Series Arneis, Okanagan Valley, $26

This Italian white grape rarely is seen in the Pacific Northwest, but one would hope the work in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley by Chris and Beata Tolley along the U.S./Canada border will prove to be inspiring. Its gorgeous nose is reminiscent of ambrosia salad, divinity and Red Haven peach. The…

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Dobbes Family Estate 2012 Fortmiller Vineyard Syrah, Oregon, $50

A couple of decades ago, when he was the lead winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards, Joe Dobbes’ talent with Southern Oregon fruit led to the quick embrace of the Griffin Creek brand among Willamette Valley wine lovers. He hasn’t lost his touch  with Syrah, thanks to his collaboration with growers…

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Kontos Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $38

This second-generation winemaking family sourced from Pepper Bridge and Summit View vineyards for its stellar Cabernet Sauvignon. Its aromas lead off with black cherries, blackberries and black currants. On the palate, the black currants become more prominent, then the flavors merge with fine-grained tannins, chocolate and licorice at the close.…

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Snoqualmie Vineyards 2014 ECO Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Perhaps it’s the magic of pixie dust from the region around tiny Paterson, Wash., where Snoqualmie’s Joy Andersen made this 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from organic Columbia Valley grapes. Whatever the source, this Ste. Michelle Wine Estates product stands out for its spicy black cherry and blackberry aromas and…

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Browne Family Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $30

There aren’t as many of these reserve-style versions of Chardonnay produced in the Pacific Northwest as there once were, but John Freeman’s work in Walla Walla on behalf of Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne ranks among the region’s best. It starts with fruit from Sagemoor, Oasis and the estate planting…

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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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