Abacela 2014 Barrel Select Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29

In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings…

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Martinez and Martinez Winery 2013 César Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $26

At some point, the Martinez family will begin to price their red wines commensurate to their quality. This father/son team uses estate Horse Heaven Hills fruit and produces their wines at Prosser’s Winemakers Loft, and in recent years they’ve been flexible with their proprietary César blend. Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) remains…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

The breadbasket that is the Wahluke Slope creates the platform for this rather stylish Merlot from Milbrandt, which gets some flesh from Syrah (18%) and added bones from Petit Verdot (5%). There’s toastiness to the aromas, joined by milk chocolate, raspberry and chokecherry. Its flavors are smooth with a long…

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Amavi Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $41

Norm McKibben and Jean François-Pellet created Amavi Cellars in 2001 to showcase grape varieties beyond those from Bordeaux that dominate their illustrious Pepper Bridge brand. Naturally, Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley is a centerpiece to Amavi, and sustainably farmed Les Collines ranks as one of the highest elevation vineyards…

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Avennia 2014 Discovery Vineyard Le Corbeau Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $50

Milo and Kay May established their vineyard in 2005 overlooking the Crow Butte Park and the Columbia River west of Paterson, Wash., and their grapes are featured in Passing Time’s heralded wines. Chris Peterson makes the wines for those two retired quarterbacks, so knows as well as anyone how delicious…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Northridge Vineyard The Estates Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $45

Northridge Vineyard is one of nine Milbrandt sites in Washington state’s Columbia Basin and perhaps the most prized among the company’s six plantings on the Wahluke Slope. Joshua Maloney allowed this lot of Malbec to hang until Oct. 22, and the barrel program of 18 months in neutral oak explains…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2014 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17

Ross Andrew Mickel worked at iconic Seattle restaurant Canlis and two of Woodinville’s top wineries, DeLille Cellars and Betz Family Winery, before launching his own label in 1999. Those relationships and his talents have helped him gain access to some of the state’s top vineyards. He created a remarkable balancing…

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Daven Lore Winery 2015 Sweet Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor and his winemaker, Sonya Symons, work with Prosser grower Patricia O’Brien for this peachy and tasty Riesling from 25-year-old vines that’s definitely on the sweeter side at 6% residual sugar. Aromas of nectarine, apricot and cherry blossom lead to delicious flavors of stone fruit and guava…

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Martinez and Martinez 2015 Tudor Hills Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $18

Tudor Hills Vineyards in the Yakima Valley seems to be an ideal site for cool-climate whites, particularly in the hands of nearby winemaker Andrew Martinez. These grapes hail from his wife Monica’s side of the family, and the wine carries a theme of Rose’s Lime Juice, pineapple and Lemonhead candy.…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Sweet Katherine White Wine Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Two decades ago, 1997, the Milbrandts began to establish their vineyards along the Wahluke Slope and the Ancient Lakes. Evergreen Vineyard is arguably their most prized planting, and the Milbrandt brothers named this off-dry Riesling for their late mother — Katherine Leone Milbrandt. Few Rieslings from famed Evergreen…

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