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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Ste. Chapelle 2013 Panoramic Idaho Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Sawtooth Vineyard – the breadbasket for the Snake River Valley wine industry – serves as the source for this special Syrah released under Idaho’s oldest brand. Perfumy oak, elderberry, Marionberry, blueberry and tar aromas are delivered on the palate with great weight and balance to the juicy acidity and blueberry…

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Sovereign Cellars 2013 Finnigan’s Daughter Claret, Red Mountain, $28

Olympia winemaker Denny Gross crafts tiny lots of some of the most delicious red wines  in Washington state, and he’s got a track record with this blend of Syrah (58%) from Kiona, Merlot (25%) off Sagemoor in the Columbia Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Walla Walla Valley at…

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College Cellars 2013 Scholarship Red, Walla Walla Valley, $15

Best Buy! You won’t need a scholarship to afford College Cellars’ Merlot-focused red blend titled “Scholarship Red.” In fact, if you buy it, you’ll be helping provide someone else’s education as a winemaker or grape grower. In exchange for your 15 bucks, you’ll get a Walla Walla Valley wine with…

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Life is Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills, $18

Barbera grapes from Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and winemaker Justin Michaud created another gold medal winner for Prosser vintner Mike Andrews. As usual, it carries pie cherry aromas and flavors, with 1.2% residual sugar balanced by juicy acidity at the close. It’s a perfect summer picnic…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $22

For the third straight vintage – each of them warmer than the next – Luisa Ponzi merits our top rating for her rosé from Pinot Noir, a blend of Dion, Merten and estate plantings nearly five decades old. It carries a gorgeous light cherry hue and hints at cherries, peach…

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Amelia Wynn 2013 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $32

Bainbridge Island winemaker Paul Bianchi continues his impressive run of showy wines in West Coast competitions with this bottling from Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Frenchman Hills near Royal City, Wash. He uses no French oak, but instead relies on Hungarian and American wood to help develop the nose of…

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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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