Maison De Padgett Winery NV The Smoking Gun Coffee Port-style, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

David and Andrew Padgett loaded another delicious round in the chamber with this latest edition of their coffee-flavored Port-style wine from the Padgett family’s vastly underrated fortified program in the Yakima Valley’s Rattlesnake Hills. The vapor trail of hazelnut coffee, vanilla cream and flan comes to life in a dangerous…

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Cadence Winery 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain, $45

Viewed for more than a decade as one of the state’s cult producers, Ben Smith continues to serve as a leader in Washington for his pursuit of proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blends with a focus on some of the Columbia Valley’s top vineyards. Here, it’s a partnership with Red Mountain’s most recognized…

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Dumas Station Wines 2012 Minnick Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $60

Grower/winemaker Jay DeWitt produces a reserve Cab for Dumas (DOO-Muss) Station when he feels that vintage is worthy. It helps explain why he only bottled one (2010) since the 2007 vintage, but there’s little doubt 2012 ranks as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most balanced of the century. So he…

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Lookout Point Winery NV The Temptress Red Wine, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Yakima psychiatrist George Petzinger blends Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Merlot from two Yakima Valley sites — Good Earth Vineyard and Two Coyote Vineyard — with most of the juice having lived in oak since 2010. There’s no sign of either oxidation or age, instead it offers aromas of chocolate-covered cherry,…

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Fidelitas 2013 Malbec, Red Mountain, $40

Charlie Hoppes drew on Red Mountain for his 2013 Malbec, and the resulting wine offers proof why this American Viticultural Area’s vineyards are focusing more and more on red varieties. His Fidelitas bottling is faithful to the Bordeaux grape, with flavors and aromas of black plums, blackberries and black cap…

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Cedar River Cellars 2014 V•N•A Viognier, Columbia Valley, $22

Micah Nasarow’s treatment of hand-harvested Viognier off Burgess Vineyard from Pasco, Wash., involves no malolactic fermentation, only stainless steel and an unfiltered presentation. That treatment leads to mouth-watering aromas of orange Creamsicle and banana cream pie, while the flavors transition to Asian pear and lime, backed by more orange and…

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Longship Cellars 2013 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Kyle Welch – the “ginger man” – is crafting the wines for this young Richland, Wash., winery, and he’s off to a great start. This beautiful Syrah uses grapes primarily from the Walla Walla Valley with a small amount from the warm Horse Heaven Hills. On the nose, it exudes…

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Cairdeas Winery 2013 Artist Series Syrah, Lake Chelan, $45

The Lybeckers’ devotion to the wine industry lured them from life near the Puget Sound to a new career along Lake Chelan, and their passion and pursuit of Rhône varieties is apparent. Growing conditions surrounding the lake help to balance hot growing seasons such as 2013, and this product of…

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Windy Canyon 2014 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Charles Weaver and his family recently launched its Windy Canyon brand south of Lowden, Wash., crafting small lots of red wines, and their expression with Syrah comes from Les Collines Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. This beautiful and graceful Syrah offers aromas of blackberry jam, smoked bacon…

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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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