Bella Wines 2015 Cavada Sparkling Rosé Brut Natural, Okanagan Valley, $26

Renaissance man Jay Drysdale continues his quest to raise the appreciation for sparkling wine in British Columbia and beyond, yet the laser-focus of his expanding program remains on small vineyards. He released a trio of sparkling Gamay Noir wines from the 2015 vintage, and two of them grown not far…

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JM Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $38

John Bigelow of Woodinville has crafted a lovely example of Chardonnay combining grapes from two stellar sites in the Columbia Basin with a reputation for shining with whites – Conner Lee and Stillwater Creek. It opens with an oak and lemon overlay of aromas, followed by lemon, tart apple and…

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Tantalus Wines 2013 Old Vines Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $30

Its roots stretch back to 1978, and New Zealand native/Aussie-trained David Peterson’s scintillating work with these old vines in the hills just east of Kelowna, British Columbia, have turned this Riesling into one of Canada’s most famous wines. International acclaim continues to grow for Tantalus because of this Riesling, which…

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Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $48

Columbia Gorge vintner Robb Bell continues his string of success with this Italian red as his latest vintage seems on par with 2012 and 2013 bottlings that earned gold medals at competitions along the West Coast. The brooding nose of dark plum, black figs and macerated cherry includes a touch…

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Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $35

For the second straight vintage, veteran Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman has earned our top rating for the stately Petit Verdot bottled under the name of his boss – Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne. The work, once again, starts at Canyon Vineyard Ranch  near Prosser, Wash., followed by 22 months…

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Sawtooth Winery 2015 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé, Snake River Valley, $25

Rising star Meredith Smith recently was promoted to become head winemaker at Sawtooth’s big sister – Ste. Chapelle. The hope is that she will continue to produce wines of sophistication such as this Provence-style rosé for Sawtooth despite the additional responsibilities that come with taking over Idaho’s flagship property. Her…

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Pike Road Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $19

Measured growth and skilled farming have led the multi-generation Campbell family of Elk Cove Vineyards down the path to a second label project such as their Pike Road, which predictably intersects price and quality with reliability. They named it for a scenic country road in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area,…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $44

Yakima Valley vintner Robert Smasne furthers his reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s leaders with Carménère, now offering two vineyard-designated examples of this red Bordeaux variety that had been lost to the world for decades. His work with one of Oregon’s most acclaimed vineyards begins with aromas of sweet…

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Waitsburg Cellars 2014 Three White Blend Grenache Blanc-Marsanne-Picpoul, Columbia Valley, $17

Waitsburg Cellars of Walla Walla, Wash., blended three rather exotic whites from Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley into its 2014 “Three” blend of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Marsanne. The result is aromas of subtle spice, melon, apple, then flavors of honeydew melon, apples and a little tropical fruit element…

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Unbroken 2012 Blended Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

The McKinley Springs tandem of grower Rob Andrews and winemaker Mike Rowell developed this estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot (27%), Malbec (19%) and Cabernet Franc as a tribute to the generations of farming families in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. It’s a beautifully balanced Left Bank Bordeaux style red…

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