SuLei Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $38

College Cellars graduate Tanya Woodley reaches into two local vineyards – Les Collines and Nume – for this youthful Cabernet Sauvignon. Her barrel program of 30% new oak from France and Hungary leads to aromas of chai spice, toffee and toasted cumin with black cherry, Marionberry and menthol. Inside, there’s…

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Rainstorm 2015 Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon, $17

One of Oregon’s largest productions of Pinot Noir rosé continues to expand as the price remains in the teens. Its lighter pink color leads to aromas of Rainier cherry and Cling peach with strawberry rhubarb pie and vanilla. There’s virtually no sweetness to the palate, which brings dusty cherry, white…

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Ryan Patrick 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $50

Elephant Mountain Vineyard, high above the Yakima Valley in Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills, produced the grapes for this reserve project from Jeremy Santo. It offers spice, blackberries and black currants on the nose, then augments them with brambleberries and a hint of black tea, creating a sophisticated wine worthy of a…

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Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $35

Chef-turned-winemaker Freddy Arredondo sourced family grapes from near the Gorge Amphitheater for his Barbera. It opens with aromas and juicy flavors of cherries and blackberries that stretch seamlessly from the front to the back of the palate, then closes with food-friendly acidity and smooth tannins. This earned a gold medal…

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Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Echo West Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Vineyards planted outside the tiny Eastern Oregon town of Echo provided the grapes for Hood River winemaker Rich Cushman’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon on behalf of the Bickford family. Sited above the Umatilla River, Echo West Vineyard falls into the Columbia Valley AVA, which may be confusing to wine lovers on…

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Sagelands Vineyard 2015 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $10

Best Buy! Precept’s Canyon Vineyard Ranch near in the Yakima Valley near Prosser, Wash., a 300-acre site formerly known as Snipes Canyon Ranch, takes this Pinot Gris down a trail with a brisk approach. Fruity aromas of Bosc pear, starfruit, jicama and minerality lead to more tart flavors of Asian…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Cabernet Franc, first planted at Seven Hills in 1997, long has played an integral role in Marty Clubb’s high-end Perigee program. A decade ago, in 2006, this Lowden, Wash., schoolhouse began to showcase it as a standalone bottling. During the historically hot 2013 vintage, they began to pick this on…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2013 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Ross Andrew Mickel labeled this bargain Cabernet Sauvignon “The Huntsman,” and it clearly hits the mark at any price. It displays aromas and flavors of blackberries, John Robertson raspberries and cassis, then finishes with restrained tannins and a bit of chocolate. This earned a gold medal at the…

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Desert Wind Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $18

The Fries family of Duck Pond Cellars fame in Oregon, also owns Desert Wind Winery in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser. While the listed American Viticultural Area is defined as “Washington,” the fine print reveals the grapes came from the Wahluke Slope, where the family also grows grapes. The…

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Buty Winery 2014 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $42

The steadfast relationship between Conner Lee Vineyard and Nina Buty goes all the way back to the Walla Walla vintner’s inaugural 2000 vintage, and this 2,000-foot elevation site on Radar Hill near Othello stands out in Washington, particularly for its cooler climate that’s ideal for Chardonnay. Complexity began with the…

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