Seven Falls Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $20

Grapes from the Wahluke Slope went into this Cabernet Sauvignon from Seven Falls Cellars, one of the many pearls in Chateau Ste. Michelle’s string of wineries. Still primarily a restaurant pour, its stellar consistency in the hands of winemaker Doug Gore has made it highly coveted. Its nose promises deep…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2013 Stratus Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $32

Seattle wood craftsmen Tom Stangeland has transformed much of his studio into a winery/tasting room between SoDo and Georgetown. For these two barrels of Petit Verdot, he concentrated his effort on Joel Hattrup’s Elephant Mountain Vineyard – among the highest-elevation sites in the Yakima Valley. The woodworker reached for new…

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Sovereign Cellars 2013 Syrah, Red Mountain, $35

Dennis Gross continues to make some of Washington state’s most delicious red wines from his tiny production facility he bonded in 2004 in capital city of Olympia. Much of his fruit comes from the Williams family on Red Mountain, and Kiona forms the base of this Syrah, while Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Eleganté Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $35

One of the most overlooked and most consistent producers in the Walla Walla Valley is Doug Simmons, a retired chemistry instructor who takes a well-measured approach at his boutique winery near the Walla Walla Regional Airport. Many of his bigger reds hail – including this Cab – from Les Collines,…

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Skylite Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Tom and Cheryl Hodgins discovered hidden skylights when they began renovating the century-old Quinn Building in Walla Walla, and that beautiful unexpected feature inspired them to use that reference in their art gallery, vineyard and subsequent winery. The aromas of this recently released Cabernet Sauvignon from a classic vintage offer…

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Plain Cellars 2013 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30

Plain Cellars in Leavenworth, Wash., tracked down grapes from the Lonesome Spring Ranch vineyard in the Yakima Valley to make its 2013 Petite Sirah, then aged it in French and Bulgarian oak. The result is a big, oaky fellow with sinewy shoulders but good manners that you’ll welcome to the…

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Stina’s Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $25

Washington’s warm Wahluke Slope nurtured the Tempranillo grapes for Stina’s Cellars in Lakewood, Wash., and the folks who live almost in the shadow of Mount Rainier crafted that fruit into a shining 2013 vintage that features aromas of bright cherries and spicy vanilla. In the mouth, those cherries pop with…

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Madsen Family Cellars 2012 Heart of Darkness, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Dana Madsen develops his after-dinner treat with Petit Verdot, and while it’s not a traditional Port-style approach,  it’s mighty tasty. Dense aromas of blackberry, black cherry, chocolate-covered wafer, toasted nut and Whopper candy lead to easy sipping, a flavor profile of dark plum and bittersweet chocolate. In this case, the…

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Sovereign Cellars 2013 Finnigan’s Daughter Claret, Red Mountain, $28

Olympia winemaker Denny Gross crafts tiny lots of some of the most delicious red wines  in Washington state, and he’s got a track record with this blend of Syrah (58%) from Kiona, Merlot (25%) off Sagemoor in the Columbia Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Walla Walla Valley at…

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College Cellars 2013 Scholarship Red, Walla Walla Valley, $15

Best Buy! You won’t need a scholarship to afford College Cellars’ Merlot-focused red blend titled “Scholarship Red.” In fact, if you buy it, you’ll be helping provide someone else’s education as a winemaker or grape grower. In exchange for your 15 bucks, you’ll get a Walla Walla Valley wine with…

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