L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $22

The previous vintage for this white Bordeaux blend leaned more toward Sèmillon, but winemaker Mike Sharon’s latest offering is 50/50 with Sauvignon Blanc. All of it comes off one of the Northwest’s premier plantings, the 230-acre Seven Hills Vineyard, planted in 1981 and partially owned by Marty Clubb. A four-month…

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AniChe Cellars banks on future in downtown Hood River

Rachael Horn, owner and head winemaker for AniChe Cellars in the Columbia Gorge town of Underwood, Wash., opens the doors to her satellite tasting room inside the historic Butler Banking Co. building on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Washington winemaker Rachael…

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Bella Wines 2012 Oliver Westside Reserve Brut Natural, Okanagan Valley, $55

Naramata Bench sparkling wine producer Jay Drysdale used Chardonnay from Secrest Mountain Vineyards on the west bench north of Oliver, British Columbia, for the other half of his small-lot reserve project. The fruit from near McIntyre Bluff allows for classic aromas of light toast, brioche, Gala apple and dried pear.…

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Dunham Cellars 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

Dunham Cellars longtime winemaker Daniel Wampfler created this classic Washington Syrah within the vintage that saw founder Mike Dunham pass away as a result of cancer. It’s a product of Lewis Estate Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, Kenny Hill Estate Vineyard and XL Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley and…

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Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $29

Last fall, Stephen Reustle received the Six Nations Wine Challenge award in Australia for best Syrah and he remains on the mark with this reserve bottling, one of the four expressions of this Rhône variety that he grows near Roseburg, Ore. (The invite-only judging Down Under gave best of class…

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Drink Washington State Winery NV Sparkling Riesling, Yakima Valley, $19

Certified sommelier Brad Binko grew up in upstate New York and lorded over wine lists in Charleston, S.C., before moving cross-country to make wine in Washington state. He’s already operating in the Walla Walla airport complex and winning gold medals for the wines he made while completing his degree in…

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Best Buy! Justin Michaud’s first harvest for Coyote Canyon produced this delicious example of the white Rhône variety often soft on acidity, but not here. It offers charming aromas of orange cream soda, dusty white peach, apple blossom, fresh-cut lemon and a slice of artichoke heart. Mandarin orange and its…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Looking back, Marty Clubb views the quality of the 2013 vintage alongside those of 1998 and 2003, and the acclaimed Walla Walla winemaker sourced from many of Washington state’s top vineyards for this particularly remarkable Merlot. Historic Sagemoor sites Bacchus and Dionysus, StoneTree, Klipsun, Candy Mountain and Pepper Bridge are…

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Eleganté Cellars 2011 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

The Walla Walla airport complex is home to a variety of quality producers, including Doug Simmons’ quaint Eleganté Cellars. He remains committed to Les Collines Vineyard in the Blue Mountain foothills south of town for his Syrah, a low-alcohol, food-friendly drink with distinctive, savory and brambly tones of blueberry, red…

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Balancing Act 2014 Chardonnay, Washington, $12

Best Buy! The Chardonnay portion of this second label for Tamarack Cellars in Walla Walla is unoaked and fruit-forward as it blends Ron Coleman’s grape sourcing and Danny Gordon’s skill with blending. Expressive aromatics instill thoughts of honey, dried pineapple, candied apricot, white peach, canned corn and lemon juice. There’s…

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