Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $48

Columbia Gorge vintner Robb Bell continues his string of success with this Italian red as his latest vintage seems on par with 2012 and 2013 bottlings that earned gold medals at competitions along the West Coast. The brooding nose of dark plum, black figs and macerated cherry includes a touch…

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Wind Rose Cellars 2015 Rosato, Yakima Valley, $15

Best Buy! Graduates of the Yakima Valley Community College wine program include Olympic Peninsula vintner David Volmut, and his Italian-themed rosé focuses on fruit from Lonesome Spring Ranch. The sensible blend of Dolcetto (59%) and Sangiovese offers an alluring strawberry/rhubarb color with aromas to match, including Rainier cherry, nectarine and…

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Tamarack Cellars 2013 Ciel du Cheval Nebbiolo, Red Mountain, $45

There’s a growing contingent of Pacific Northwest wine experts who view Jim Holmes’ Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain as a Grand Cru-type site in our region for the decades of work with Bordeaux varieties. The winemaking tandem of Ron Coleman and Danny Gordon at Tamarack in Walla Walla…

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Aubichon Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $25

In the past, Jim Sanders worked with fruit from the Dundee Hills for the Pinot Gris under this brand. Here, he’s reached into a rocky parcel in the Chehalem Mountains for his expression that’s an excellent example of the style more Oregon winemakers are achieving. Aromas lead with honeydew melon,…

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Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $35

For the second straight vintage, veteran Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman has earned our top rating for the stately Petit Verdot bottled under the name of his boss – Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne. The work, once again, starts at Canyon Vineyard Ranch  near Prosser, Wash., followed by 22 months…

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Sawtooth Winery 2015 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé, Snake River Valley, $25

Rising star Meredith Smith recently was promoted to become head winemaker at Sawtooth’s big sister – Ste. Chapelle. The hope is that she will continue to produce wines of sophistication such as this Provence-style rosé for Sawtooth despite the additional responsibilities that come with taking over Idaho’s flagship property. Her…

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Pike Road Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $19

Measured growth and skilled farming have led the multi-generation Campbell family of Elk Cove Vineyards down the path to a second label project such as their Pike Road, which predictably intersects price and quality with reliability. They named it for a scenic country road in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area,…

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Cedar River Cellars 2014 Mormor Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Renton, Wash., winemaker Micha Nasarow continues his work with the Miller family’s 900-acre Airfield Ranches site near Prosser, and he take an off-dry approach with this Riesling. Complex aromas of Granny Smith apple, lychee and petrol fly into an explosion of flavors that include nectarine, honey and golden raisin. Mouthwatering…

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Cadaretta 2013 Southwind Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $75

Wenatchee native Brian Rudin’s final vintage with the Middleton family brand in Walla Walla is marked by the debut bottling of Southwind, the first wine from the family’s Southwind Vineyard – the easternmost block within the 2,700-acre SeVein project near Milton-Freewater, Ore. It’s a Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend that leads…

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IPNC welcomes world of Pinot Noir to Oregon

Patrons enjoy a magical evening under the stars at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. This year is the 30th annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. (Photo courtesy of IPNC) MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – In six weeks, the wine world will descend on Oregon’s Yamhill County for the 30th annual International Pinot Noir…

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