Armonéa Wines 2013 Russell Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $35

A look beyond the label of this Armonea release reveals why visitors to Wine Country Farm in Oregon’s Dundee Hills – and fans of Ken Wright – might fancy this wine. It starts on Savannah Ridge near the town of Carlton where Dave Grooters and Robin Russell established this vineyard,…

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Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Mourvèdre, Wahluke Slope, $30

Wahluke Slope grower/Tacoma vintner Mike Thiede has produced yet another delicious wine from his quiver of Rhône varieties off his Mattawa, Wash., estate. Dark and intense aromas of plum, blackberry and blueberry, joined by toasted walnut and Whopper candy. The drink is a steady stream of blueberry juice and blackberry,…

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Taste Washington attracts record 5,258 to Grand Tasting

Representatives of Lake Chelan Wine Valley — Jamie Bell, executive director Nicole Pietromonaco Campbell and Jessica McHugh – pour for patrons at Taste Washington 2016 in Seattle. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) SEATTLE – A total of 237 award-winning wineries lured a record 5,258 wine lovers to the two-day Grand…

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Daven Lore Winery 2012 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

Daven Lore Winery of Prosser, Wash., brought in Merlot from the adjacent Horse Heaven Hills for this wine, then cranked out another gold medal wine. It opens with sweet aromas of blackberry fruit augmented by deeper tones of blueberry and black currant. Its flavor profile sports ripe summer blackberries and…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snipes Mountain, $44

Nobody makes more wines from Snipes Mountain, an upthrust in the middle of the Yakima Valley near the community of Sunnyside, than Robert Smasne. And Upland Vineyard is one of the historic plantings in Washington wine country, with a legacy that stretches back to 1917. This elegant yet powerful Cabernet…

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Quady North 2015 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $20

Based in Medford, Ore., second-generation vintner Herb Quady tapped fruit from the Rogue Valley for its 2015 blend of 40% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. Called Pistoleta and sporting a pair of derringers on its label, it’s highly aromatic, with spice, pear, melon and and lime…

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O•S Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $25

Using grapes from Sheridan Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this winery in the south Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown has created a beautiful and elegant Cab Franc. Aromas of dried purple lavender and black cherry give way to flavors of huckleberry, vanilla cream and sweet dried herbs. It’s all backed by…

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Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

The prominent letter “Z” emblazoned on Zerba Cellars’ label is the perfect symbol for the Walla Walla Valley winery’s 2013 Zinfandel. Drawing on grapes from his home AVA, winemaker Doug Nierman crafted another gold medal winner for the Milton-Freewater, Ore., winery. In the glass, vanilla, black currants, blackberries and raisins…

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Westport Winery NV Duckleberry Grunt, Washington, $27

Dana Roberts’ blend of Gewürztraminer and blueberry remains one of the Washington coastal winery’s most popular wines with consumers and critics. The nose of Hostess berry pie also brings hints of cherry, vanilla and drip coffee. On the palate, it’s incredibly fruity and juicy with Marionberry and blueberry flavors. Lingering…

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Northwest Mountain Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $25

South Puget Sound winemaker Ray Curtis relies on the Columbia Valley for his red wine program, and his work with a classic vintage began in late October at Paul Burgess’ vineyard near Pasco. Enticing aromas of dark-roasted coffee, blackberry, Red Vines licorice, red bell pepper and mocha lead to sweet…

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