Plain Cellars 2013 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30

Plain Cellars in Leavenworth, Wash., tracked down grapes from the Lonesome Spring Ranch vineyard in the Yakima Valley to make its 2013 Petite Sirah, then aged it in French and Bulgarian oak. The result is a big, oaky fellow with sinewy shoulders but good manners that you’ll welcome to the…

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Stina’s Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $25

Washington’s warm Wahluke Slope nurtured the Tempranillo grapes for Stina’s Cellars in Lakewood, Wash., and the folks who live almost in the shadow of Mount Rainier crafted that fruit into a shining 2013 vintage that features aromas of bright cherries and spicy vanilla. In the mouth, those cherries pop with…

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Madsen Family Cellars 2012 Heart of Darkness, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Dana Madsen develops his after-dinner treat with Petit Verdot, and while it’s not a traditional Port-style approach,  it’s mighty tasty. Dense aromas of blackberry, black cherry, chocolate-covered wafer, toasted nut and Whopper candy lead to easy sipping, a flavor profile of dark plum and bittersweet chocolate. In this case, the…

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Sovereign Cellars 2013 Finnigan’s Daughter Claret, Red Mountain, $28

Olympia winemaker Denny Gross crafts tiny lots of some of the most delicious red wines  in Washington state, and he’s got a track record with this blend of Syrah (58%) from Kiona, Merlot (25%) off Sagemoor in the Columbia Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Walla Walla Valley at…

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College Cellars 2013 Scholarship Red, Walla Walla Valley, $15

Best Buy! You won’t need a scholarship to afford College Cellars’ Merlot-focused red blend titled “Scholarship Red.” In fact, if you buy it, you’ll be helping provide someone else’s education as a winemaker or grape grower. In exchange for your 15 bucks, you’ll get a Walla Walla Valley wine with…

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Life is Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills, $18

Barbera grapes from Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and winemaker Justin Michaud created another gold medal winner for Prosser vintner Mike Andrews. As usual, it carries pie cherry aromas and flavors, with 1.2% residual sugar balanced by juicy acidity at the close. It’s a perfect summer picnic…

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Lookout Point Winery 2014 Vroum! White Wine, Yakima Valley, $18

This catchy name for George Petzinger’s white Rhône blend of Viognier (40%), Roussanne (20%) and Marsanne (40%) from Lonesome Spring Ranch and Two Coyotes Vineyard, finished its fermentation in barrel. And yet, it’s loaded with citrusy notes, starting with aromas of kiwi, gooseberry, orange rind, green banana and celery. Inside,…

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Cedar River Cellars 2013 Bella Bella Barrel Select Syrah, Columbia Valley, $38

A single barrel of free-run Syrah juice from Burgess Vineyard in Pasco, Wash., makes for an inviting, sexy and silky release by Micah Nasarow, a young winemaker on the rise in the Renton Highlands near Lake Kathleen. Chocolaty aromas with plum, blueberry and sweet red bell pepper lead to a…

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Amelia Wynn 2013 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $32

Bainbridge Island winemaker Paul Bianchi continues his impressive run of showy wines in West Coast competitions with this bottling from Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Frenchman Hills near Royal City, Wash. He uses no French oak, but instead relies on Hungarian and American wood to help develop the nose of…

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Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 Stoney Vine Vineyard Tall Tales Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $60

At this point, the federal government won’t allow the Wisconsin boys at Dusted Valley to use The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as the American Viticultural Area on the label of this wine – even though they own this vineyard. That’s because their winery in Walla Walla is not in the…

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