Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $29

Last fall, Stephen Reustle received the Six Nations Wine Challenge award in Australia for best Syrah and he remains on the mark with this reserve bottling, one of the four expressions of this Rhône variety that he grows near Roseburg, Ore. (The invite-only judging Down Under gave best of class…

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Drink Washington State Winery NV Sparkling Riesling, Yakima Valley, $19

Certified sommelier Brad Binko grew up in upstate New York and lorded over wine lists in Charleston, S.C., before moving cross-country to make wine in Washington state. He’s already operating in the Walla Walla airport complex and winning gold medals for the wines he made while completing his degree in…

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Best Buy! Justin Michaud’s first harvest for Coyote Canyon produced this delicious example of the white Rhône variety often soft on acidity, but not here. It offers charming aromas of orange cream soda, dusty white peach, apple blossom, fresh-cut lemon and a slice of artichoke heart. Mandarin orange and its…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Looking back, Marty Clubb views the quality of the 2013 vintage alongside those of 1998 and 2003, and the acclaimed Walla Walla winemaker sourced from many of Washington state’s top vineyards for this particularly remarkable Merlot. Historic Sagemoor sites Bacchus and Dionysus, StoneTree, Klipsun, Candy Mountain and Pepper Bridge are…

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Eleganté Cellars 2011 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

The Walla Walla airport complex is home to a variety of quality producers, including Doug Simmons’ quaint Eleganté Cellars. He remains committed to Les Collines Vineyard in the Blue Mountain foothills south of town for his Syrah, a low-alcohol, food-friendly drink with distinctive, savory and brambly tones of blueberry, red…

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Balancing Act 2014 Chardonnay, Washington, $12

Best Buy! The Chardonnay portion of this second label for Tamarack Cellars in Walla Walla is unoaked and fruit-forward as it blends Ron Coleman’s grape sourcing and Danny Gordon’s skill with blending. Expressive aromatics instill thoughts of honey, dried pineapple, candied apricot, white peach, canned corn and lemon juice. There’s…

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22

Stephen Cary continues to produce superb work with the flagship wine for Yamhill Valley Vineyards, the oldest winery in the McMinnville American Viticultural Area. Selections from Sept. 23 through Oct. 14 were made at 24. 9 Brix, and the vintage allowed for him to hang 3.2 tons per acre. In…

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Lauren Ashton Cellars 2012 Proprietor’s Cuvée Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $65

Kit Singh’s latest version of a Left Bank Bordeaux blend ranks right alongside the best efforts of the Woodinville dentist’s young winemaking career. It began in some of Washington’s top vineyards – Ambassador and Quintessence on Red Mountain, Upland on Snipes Mountain, Dineen in the Rattlesnake Hills and Stillwater Creek…

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TeSòAria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Oregon, $35

Vegan vintner John Olson bought this Roseburg, Ore., winery in 2008 and opened a Portland tasting room five years later. He crafts a wide variety of wines, and this Sauvignon Blanc is one of his best. Aromas of grass, green herbs and muskiness lead to flavors of crisp Granny Smith…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! A generation ago, Chenin Blanc was a variety that produced cherished wines along the West Coast. Fortunately, Marty Clubb has remained an ardent champion of this grape native to the Loire Valley, and he continues to secure contracts with four venerable vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Phil Church,…

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