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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Pepper Bridge Winery 2013 Trine Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $65


Three branches of ownership are behind this family-owned winery and vineyard project in the Walla Walla Valley that’s been together for two decades. This marks the sixth vintage for their Meritage-style bottling from their three vineyards – Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge and Octave. And a year after pushing Cabernet Franc…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Schindler Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $50


Tony Rynders put Domaine Serene on the international map during the 2000s, and he’s quickly re-established Panther Creek Cellars as one of the Willamette Valley’s most delicious brands. A longtime friend of Ken Wright, who created Panther Creek in the 1980s, the University of California-Davis grad works with 18-acre Schindler…

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Coyote Canyon Vineyard El Chispear Sparkling Albariño, Horse Heaven Hills, $32


Coyote Canyon Winery and owner/grower Mike Andrews blazed the trail in Washington state for Albariño, and Justin Michaud created a sparkling tribute to Spanish cava. Developed in a brut style, there’s bright lemony aromas with white peach, caramel corn, brioche and a dusting of Horse Heaven Hills minerality. The precise…

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Buty Winery 2014 Conner Lee Vineyard Merlot 63 Cabernet Franc 37, Columbia Valley, $45


Owner/founder Nina Buty extended her string of blending Merlot with Cabernet Franc to 15 consecutive vintages, dating back to the debut vintage of her Walla Walla winery. While the Merlot came off Conner Lee Vineyard on Sept. 17, the Cabernet Franc got pulled from Clone 332 Block on Sept. 25…

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TruthTeller Winery 2015 Frolic Viognier, Yakima Valley, $20


Kirkland real estate exec Chris Loeliger began his journey into wine while he and his wife were living in Texas. Among the lessons this new Woodinville winemaker’s learned at South Seattle Community College’s Northwest Wine Academy was where to source fruit, and his knowledge shows with this remarkable production from…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2014 StoneTree Vineyard Grenache, Wahluke Slope, $36


Tedd Wildman’s StoneTree Vineyard on the sultry Wahluke Slope excels with red Rhone varieties, so Grenache, a rather rare and expensive grape in Washington, is a prized commodity. Ripeness seems to never be an issue at StoneTree, and this lot was harvested remarkably early – Sept. 13 – at nearly…

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Zena Crown Vineyard 2013 Σ The Sum Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $75


The first commercial vintage for Jackson Family Wines after its purchase of Zena Crown Vineyard west of Salem, Ore., is a collaboration of winemakers Tony Rynders and Shane Moore, and they use the sigma sign to designate mathematical symbol of “the sum.” Indeed, this is deep dark red fruited Pinot…

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Fujishin Family Cellars 2014 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19


Riesling planted at Polo Cove Vineyard has the advantage of growing at about 2,800 feet elevation, making it one of the highest sites in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Sunnyslope winemaker Martin Fujishin has worked closely with Polo Cove for several years, and he’s produced a marvelous late harvest-style Riesling as…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13


Best Buy! Evergreen Vineyard, one of Washington state’s premier sites for cool-climate whites, shines yet again with this bargain Riesling. This planting not far from Jerry Milbrandt’s home saw Riesling for this program begin to get pulled on Oct. 16, and winemaker Emily Haines presents it in a dry, but…

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