Apex Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Longtime Yakima Valley winery Apex Cellars is now owned by Precept Wine in Seattle and has a tasting room at the Winemaker’s Loft in Prosser, Wash. This yummy and affordable white reveals aromas of green apple, lime and pineapple, followed by clean, refreshing and bone-dry flavors of Asian…

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DiStefano Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $19

Owner/winemaker Mark Newton has been producing wine in Woodinville, Wash., for nearly as long as anyone. He blended a touch of Semillon with this Sauvignon Blanc to add a bit of depth. The resulting wine opens with exotic aromas of honeycomb, lime, lemon chiffon and cardamom. On the palate, it…

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JoieFarm 2011 En Famille Reserve Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $28

The JoieFarm team excels with aromatic whites, and this is one of the finest Gewürztraminers we’ve run across in recent memory. It’s a reserve-level wine packaged in a dramatically tall bottle and is seriously great. It opens with huge aromas of tropical fruit, yellow grapefruit, rosewater, lychee and apple blossom.…

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Cinder Wines 2012 Off-Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18

The 2011 version of this wine won double gold and best white wine at least year’s Idaho Wine Competition, and winemaker Melanie Krause has nailed it again with the 2012 vintage. This delicious white is just slightly off-dry. It shows off aromas of lavender, coriander, lemon and orange candy, followed…

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Holmes Harbor Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $31

This is one of the best and most intriguing Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve tasted this year. The grapes for owner Greg Martinez’s Cab come from top Walla Walla Valley vineyards, and his winemaking prowess shines in this bottling. It opens with aromas that remind us of a blueberry Pop-Tart, masala chai,…

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Waterbrook Winery 2009 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $24

Canyon Ranch Vineyard, a 500-acre site between the Washington wine country towns of Prosser and Benton City is one of three estate vineyards dedicated to John Freeman’s program at Walla Walla’s Waterbrook. And the promise is there, starting with aromas of Jolly Rancher grape candy, President plum, sea mist and…

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Maritime Wines NV Willapa White, Washington, $20

Westport Winery in Aberdeen, Wash., launched a new line earlier this year for Nelson Crab Inc., in nearby Tokeland and this off-dry blend of Pinot Gris (60%) and Riesling from Airport Ranches in the Yakima Valley should pair with fare at the historic seafood market. The profile is off-dry with…

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Dusted Valley Vintners 2010 Squirrel Tooth Alice, Columbia Valley, $39

Two radically different sites — StoneTree on the Wahluke Slope and the estate Stoney Vine in the cobblestones of Milton-Freewater, Ore. — make for Rhône-style blend of Grenache (58%), Syrah (21%), Petite Sirah (17%) and Mourvèdre with all the extraction, hedonism and acidity we always expect from the Stained Tooth…

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Leone Italian Cellars 2006 Miscela Rossa, Columbia Valley, $28

Silver Lake winemaker William Ammons oversees this rather fascinating program for Washington Wine and Beverage Co., in Woodinville. This release is a Super Tuscan-style blend of Sangiovese (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), Merlot (22%) and Cabernet Franc from Walla Walla Valley vineyards, with the Italian variety from what is now Blue…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $18

It’s not a vineyard designate, but it could be, and this release of 100% Bacchus Vineyard fruit is Tom Stangeland’s only unblended wine. It also could be labeled as a reserve-style with his use of new and neutral French oak. The toast shows in the nose with Honey Nut Cherrios,…

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