Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Pheasant Vineyard The Estates Late Harvest Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $25

Milbrandt brothers Butch and Jerry have helped turn Mattawa, Wash., and the surrounding Wahluke Slope into a wine-producing region of worldwide acclaim, yet their work with Riesling might go overlooked. Pheasant Vineyard is a warmer site than most, and that allows young winemaker Emily Haines ripen this lot of Riesling…

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Coiled Wines 2015 Sparkling Rizza, Snake River Valley, $28

Leslie Preston trained in Napa’s tony Stags Leap District where Cab is king, but the Idaho native continues to devote more of her time and energy to Riesling in multiple forms, including her fun bubbles project that continues to grow. She collaborates with Andrew Davis of Radiant Sparkling Wine Co.,…

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Ryan Patrick Wines 2015 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $12

Best Buy! Acclaimed growers Dick and Larry Olsen produced suave wines as vintners in Prosser, Wash., before closing their Olsen Estates operation. A growing number of winemakers are spotlighting their fruit with Olsen Brothers Vineyard-designated wines, but rarely at bargain prices. Columbia Basin winemaker Jeremy Santo, who grew up in…

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Isenhower Cellars 2014 Dutchman Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $34

Grandview, Wash., grower Bill denHoed established Dutchman Vineyard in 1991, not long after Red Willow Vineyard became the first in the state to plant Syrah. This marked the 16th vintage of Syrah production for Brett Isenhower, which explains why he’s among the Walla Walla Valley’s leaders with the red Rhône…

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Treos Wines 2013 Estate Pinot Noir Elegant Reserve, Willamette Valley, $35

Polk County winemaker Dave Jepson pulls from his group’s well-tended vineyard north of Corvallis, Ore., and his collection of Dijon clone Pinot Noir stands just east of the acclaimed 200-acre Domaine Loubejac planting. Jepson’s melange of five clones, cropped at less than 1-ton per acre, are influenced by a blend…

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Drink Washington State 2014 Enjoy Walla Walla Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Empire State native Brad Binko turned his back on the life of a somm for that of a winemaker, and the recent grad from College Cellars in Walla Walla now earns high marks outside of the classroom with much of his juice. This Carm is an amped-up Cabernet Franc, offering…

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Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Bravo Rosso Red Table Wine, Washington, $22

Olympic Peninsula winemaker David Volmut continues his tradition of success with this Italian-themed blend. Barbera (52%), Primitivo (24%), Nebbiolo (4%) and Dolcetto (2%) get a Super Tuscan-type influence from Cabernet Sauvignon (18%), and the blend spent 20 months in 30 percent new French oak. As a result, the nose is…

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Mercer Estates 2014 Reserve Cavalie Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

The classic 2012 vintage in the Pacific Northwest paved the way for many acclaimed wines, and Mercer’s Reserve Cavalie from that year ranked among the region’s most decorated wines. Jessica Munnell’s latest release continues to lead with Merlot (63%), but the contributions by Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Malbec (12%) prompted…

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Eternal Wines 2015 Sunshine Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Sommelier-turned-winemaker Brad Binko trained at Walla Walla Community College, and he worked with Morrison Lane grapes for this fanciful Viognier. The Morrisons established Viognier on their four-generation farm in Walla Walla, and Viognier historically has been the only white grape they grow in the 20-year history. Beautiful aromas of piña…

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An Outstanding selection of Northwest wines

Only after deciding how we want to rate a wine do we learn what it is. Our top rating is “Outstanding!” (Photo by Darlene Hildebrandt/Digital Photo Mentor) We taste many Northwest wines. When wine is submitted to us for review, it goes into a queue to be tasted under blind…

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