Amity Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $40

Rather than moving north as did so many of Oregon’s winemaking pioneers, Myron Redford headed south from Seattle, where he worked for historic Associated Vintners. He planted Pinot Noir in 1974 and began making wine in 1976. For the past five years, longtime apprentice Darcy Pendergrass has been creating the…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2012 Riesling a record 1.2 million cases

Bob Bertheau, head winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle, was responsible for more than 1.2 million cases of Riesling from the 2012 vintage. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Already the world’s largest producer of Riesling, Chateau Ste. Michelle stepped up its game in 2012 to craft more…

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Boomtown 2010 Merlot, Washington, $15

Best Buy! Dusted Valley Vintners in Walla Walla began collaborating with Wahluke Wine Company in 2006, and this mellow Merlot ranks among their best efforts. Its expressive nose includes dark aromas of dusty black cherry, black licorice, raspberry, Craisins and pipe tobacco. The entry is downright yummy with plush boysenberry…

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Woodinville Wine Cellars 2009 Indomitable, Columbia Valley, $45

This is a classic Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc, using grapes from Stillwater Creek and Conner Lee, both vineyards in the vast Columbia Basin. This offers aromas of rosemary, cherry, mocha, black pepper and tar, followed by rich, elegant flavors of red plum, dark…

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Two Mountain Winery 2009 Copeland Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $30

Two brothers have been running this winery in the Rattlesnake Hills area of the Yakima Valley for more than a decade. This tasty Cab Franc opens with aromas of blueberry jam, lime zest and raspberry, followed by rich flavors of red-toned fruit such as pomegranate, cranberry and rapsberry, along with…

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Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2010 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Jet Black Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – “ANC” to its fans – has it all going on. It has tasting rooms on both sides of the Cascades (Prosser and Woodinville) and one of the state’s most creative chefs (Frank Magaña) on staff and a sweet spot for a vineyard overlooking the Columbia River…

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Washington Pinot Gris on a rocketship

Washington Pinot Gris production has eclipsed Oregon in recent vintages. Note: This is the third of our four-part series on Pacific Northwest Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris is Oregon’s signature white wine grape – but Washington Pinot Gris has quickly gotten into the game. In just a decade, Washington Pinot Gris has…

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Raptor Ridge Winery 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $38

Scott and Annie Shull launched Raptor Ridge in 1995, and they named the winery after the hawks, owls and kestrels that share the property. This delicious reserve-level Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dried strawberry, pie cherry, earth and a hint of oak. On the palate, it reveals flavors of…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Canoe Ridge is a hill overlooking the Columbia River in Washington’s southern Horse Heaven Hills. It has a lengthy history that goes back to when Lewis & Clark were floating toward the Pacific Ocean and destiny. As the story goes, one of the intrepid explorers looked up at the ridge…

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Smasne Cellars 2011 Upland Vineyard Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $20

Upland is one of the oldest vineyards in Washington. In 1917, William Bridgman began planting wine grapes on the slopes of Snipes Mountain in the heart of the Yakima Valley – and some of those grapes remain productive today. The grapes for this Chardonnay were planted by the Newhouse family…

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