Quady North 2015 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $20

Based in Medford, Ore., second-generation vintner Herb Quady tapped fruit from the Rogue Valley for its 2015 blend of 40% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. Called Pistoleta and sporting a pair of derringers on its label, it’s highly aromatic, with spice, pear, melon and and lime…

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O•S Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $25

Using grapes from Sheridan Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this winery in the south Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown has created a beautiful and elegant Cab Franc. Aromas of dried purple lavender and black cherry give way to flavors of huckleberry, vanilla cream and sweet dried herbs. It’s all backed by…

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Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

The prominent letter “Z” emblazoned on Zerba Cellars’ label is the perfect symbol for the Walla Walla Valley winery’s 2013 Zinfandel. Drawing on grapes from his home AVA, winemaker Doug Nierman crafted another gold medal winner for the Milton-Freewater, Ore., winery. In the glass, vanilla, black currants, blackberries and raisins…

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Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Syrah, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! Argentina futbol supporter/winemaker Juan Munoz Oca and his team in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills strike a winning combination by pulling largely fruit the steamy Wahluke Slope, co-fermenting with Viognier (5%) for a week, then sending the juice into a barrel program of 35% French oak for 16 months.…

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broVo Spirits NV Pink Rosé Vermouth, Wahluke Slope, $9

Woodinville distillers Erin Brophy and Mhairi Voelsgen (broVo) rely on Washington wine as the base for their vermouth program. Each of their four wine-related expressions start with Wahluke Slope juice — this being Pinot Noir (75%) with eau de vie brandy at 25 percent. The government prohibits going beyond that.…

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DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Capriccio Chardonnay, Southern Oregon, $29

The Marcas established their Jacksonville, Ore., vineyard by using Chardonnay clones Robert Young 17, Dijon 76 and Wente 72, and this marks their first harvest with Brian Denner taking over for Eric Weisinger. Its one of five Chardonnays the family produces annually, and the wine exhibits some characteristics of its…

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Yakima Valley winemakers return to embrace Secret Crush

Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe Winery pours at the inaugural Secret Crush, the Wine Yakima Valley event that kicks off Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend and features some of the valley’s highest-rated wines. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) YAKIMA, Wash. — It’s an exclusive club, so it makes sense…

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ded.reckoning 2013 Cutlass Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $19

Compass Wines shop owner/operator Doug Charles developed this negoçiant brand in collaboration with longtime associate Will Parks, and over the years they’ve worked a number of the Pacific Northwest’s top winemakers and prime vineyards on these wines. In complying with tradition, the Cutlass Cab features winemaker Scott Greer and Sheridan…

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Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $25

Snake River Valley native Martin Fujishin pulls from Skyline Vineyard — the bread basket of the Idaho wine industry — for his expression of this robust Bordeaux red grape. His use of 50 percent new oak, a combination of both French and American, creates lovely aromas of toast and chocolate…

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Lumos Wine Co. 2013 Five Blocks Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Five blocks from two sites in the cooler Eola-Amity Hills — Temperance Hill and Pommard-focused Wren Vineyard — combine for a darker-toned Pinot Noir under the care of Dai Crisp, who farms both sites and owns the latter. Dusty black currant, smoky black cherry and dark raspberry aromas pick up…

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