Cerebella 2014 Front Back Go Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Retired Army medic Robb Zimmel and business partner Jon Unruh, a Marine, donate 10 percent of their profits from this soldier tribute bottling to the Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher House Foundation, which helps provide housing comfort to military and veterans’ families during times of hospitalization or treatment. Zimmel’s winemaking for…

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Indian Creek Winery 2016 White Iris Sweet Gewürztraminer, Snake River Valley, $15

Best Buy! Sadly, there’s less passion in Idaho’s vineyards for Gewürztraminer, much to the dismay of some of the Snake River Valley’s most talented winemakers. Mike McClure at his family’s Indian Creek Winery used Skyline Vineyard to present fruit salad in a glass. Classic aromas and flavors of lychee, clove…

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Finn Hill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Blondie Rosé of Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Rob Entrekin and Finn Hill Winery, Wine Press Northwest magazine’s 2016 Washington Winery to Watch, worked with prized Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the upper reaches of the Yakima Valley for this brightly colored and quaffable pink. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry honey and Craisins lead to a remarkably fruity and slightly…

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Sagelands Vineyard 2014 Riverbed Red, Columbia Valley, $10

Best Buy! Erstwhile owner Chalone Wine Group changed the name of this brand from Staton Hills Winery to Sagelands Vineyard. Fortunately, Precept’s team of winemakers is holding steady onto the concept of quality at affording pricing with this Cab-heavy blend that includes a pleasing injection of Syrah (12%). The nose…

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Riesling, McMinnville, $18

This often-overlooked North Willamette Valley producer continues to excel with its cool-climate program, and while Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grab most of the headlines in Oregon, Stephen Cary and Ariel Eberle continue to prove that Riesling deserves to be the discussion, too. They work with two blocks of…

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Columbia Crest 2015 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12

Best Buy! The warmest growing season on record in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope paved the way for Juan Muñoz Oca and his team at Columbia Crest to create one of the West Coast’s biggest bargains in the Cabernet Sauvignon category. Classic aromas of black currant, blackberry…

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Robert Ramsay Cellars 2014 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

A year ago, this Woodinville winery with a tasting room on Seattle’s Queen Anne earned our top rating for its 2012 Mourvèdre from McKinley Springs Vineyard. This fall, winemakers Robert Ramsay Harris and Casey Cobble earned a gold medal at the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition for their 2014…

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Huston Vineyards 2014 Private Reserve Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley $55

The Alger family in Idaho’s tiny rural community of Huston works with urban winemaker Melanie Krause on their red program, and they’ve showcased Petite Sirah – a brawny Rhône grape – in this bottling from nearby Williamson Vineyard. Dense purple notes bring along notes of dark chocolate with lavender and…

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Knudsen Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $55

It’s rather ironic that proprietor Page Knudsen Cowles, who grew up in the Northwest and now lives in Minneapolis, hired a graduate of the University of Minnesota to make her family’s wines in the Willamette Valley. And yet, it was natural appointment to go with Nate Klostermann of Argyle Winery,…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Even though Emily Haines left Milbrandt Vineyards last summer for the Sierra Foothills, wines that she produced continue to win plaudits from judges. One of first wines released from her final harvest was this stunning pink blend of Syrah (75%) and Tempranillo off six vineyards, all picked around…

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