DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $37

Wine Press Northwest’s 2017 Oregon Winery of the Year affirmed its award this spring at the Cascadia Wine Competition with a double gold medal for its 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir. A product of Brian Denner’s first vintage for DANCIN, this Pinot Noir is full and lush with flavors…

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Patterson Cellars 2016 Forbidden Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Rosé forms a significant part of John Patterson’s Forbidden program, and while he could legally label this latest pink as a Tempranillo rosé, he incorporates Sangiovese (22%) into the final cut for ample acidity. Minimal skin contact gives its inviting Provence color, and it hints at aromas of…

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Maryhill Winery 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $18

One of the Pacific Northwest’s largest productions of rosé ranks among the best, and it starts with the Italian grape Sangiovese in the Yakima Valley at Tudor Hills Vineyard. The pick was Oct. 18, and winemaker Richard Batchelor’s subtle touch creates a gorgeous light strawberry color that leads to mouthwatering…

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Abacela, Bunnell star again at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Abacela head winemaker Andrew Wenzl, left, and founder Earl Jones work in the cellar at the Roseburg, Ore., winery. Abacela has produced the best rosé at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition for the past two years. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Pacific Northwest wines…

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $20

The story begins with the sandy soils that make up Tinhorn Creek’s estate Diamondback Vineyard on British Columbia’s Black Sage Bench, but harvest spanned a month to create four separate lots. There were hand-picked lots that were split up between steel and wood fermentations. There also were machine-harvested lots that…

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Boushey takes over Klipsun Vineyard management

Grape grower Dick Boushey oversees a harvest crew last fall on Red Mountain. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) Dick Boushey, one of Washington wine country’s most celebrated grape growers, now is managing another of Red Mountain’s top vineyards. On Monday, Boushey told Great Northwest Wine that he agreed to take…

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Cairdeas Winery 2014 Tri Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley, $39

Lake Chelan vintner Charlie Lybecker deepens his delicious work with Rhône varieties with this GSM-style blend of Grenache (12%), Syrah (64%) and Mourvèdre from three of the Yakima Valley’s top sites — Dineen, Meek and Art den Hoed. Half of the Syrah and Grenache lots were whole-cluster fermented, which provides…

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Stottle Winery 2013 Big Eddie Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley $36

Puget Sound winemaker Josh Stottlemyer continues to shows a deft hand with blending, and he’s boosted the level of Merlot (60%) in this Right Bank-style assemblage of Bordeaux varities. He traditionally relies on Elephant Mountain Vineyard for his Merlot. Equal portions of Malbec from 6 Prong Vineyard from the Horse…

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Red Mountain’s famed Klipsun Vineyard sold to Chicago firm

Klipsun Vineyards on Red Mountain is most famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) Klipsun Vineyards, long considered one of the top vineyards in Washington state, has been sold to Terlato Wines International, a leading importer and marketer based in Chicago. The selling price was not disclosed.…

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Bud break marks start of 2017 vintage for Washington wine

Buds are bursting at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Drury/North Slope Management) Across the Columbia Valley, the 2017 vintage is under way. The start of the wine grape growing reason is marked by bud break, when tiny leaves and flowers begin to emerge…

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