Convergence Zone Cellars 2011 Squall Line Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $32

Woodinville winemaker Scott Greenberg spends a fair bit of time on Red Mountain, and he sourced this Cab from E&E Shaw Vineyard, gathering up Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec (2%) from the Hedges family’s Bel Villa Vineyard to add complexity. It’s a remarkably expressive drink, starting with aromas of cherry…

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Mount St. Helens Cellars 2014 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $29

Gary Dunbar grew up near Mount St. Helens before she blew her top and later moved to California’s Santa Clara Valley where he began to dabble with wine grapes. A few years ago, he returned to Southwest Washington and established Morning Star Vineyard near Silver Lake. However, he sources his…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $26

This dark and smoky Merlot from the Milbrandt brothers’ holdings across the arid Wahluke Slope in the Columbia Basin offers aromas of black currant, blueberry, black licorice, earthiness and buttered popcorn. Flavors of plums, blueberries and black cherry show intense extraction, exploding across the palate with plum skin tannins, juicy…

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