Mercer Estates 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $29


Previous vintages saw Jessica Munnell dedicate her reserve Chardonnay to Zephyr Ridge Vineyard, but the maturation of young Eagle & Plow Vineyard – now the Mercer family’s largest planting – deems it worthy of playing a role in this program. Half of the lots involved new French oak barrels for…

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Nicolas-Jay 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65


This decade’s Burgundian invasion into Oregon continues as Jean-Nicolas Méo of famed Domaine Méo-Camuzet marks the delectable debut of his heralded Pinot Noir partnership with longtime friend/former MCA Records executive Jay Boberg. It’s the flagship of their young brand, spearheaded by Adelsheim alumna Tracy Kendall, and it incorporates Bishop Creek…

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Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30


Back in 1995 when Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri decided to launch Walla Walla Vintners, they wondered if they were too late to the party. After all, the Walla Walla already had seven wineries. More than 20 years later, the two run one of the state’s most successful wineries, and…

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William Church Winery 2013 Tres Bien Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $36


This small producer in Woodinville’s warehouse district has a well-earned reputation for distinctive red wines, and the quality of this Cab Franc further burnishes that renown. It opens with aromas of luscious chocolate syrup, a hint of toasted oak and ample dark fruit, particularly blackberry and black currant. On the…

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Harry & David 2014 Chardonnay, Oregon, $18


Fans of Harry & David’s goodies should flock to this crowd-pleasing 2014 Chardonnay made by Linda Donovan from Oregon grapes. A bit of racy spritz, honey and melon notes usher the sipper onto a lush palate of pineapple and melon that concludes with a hint of fruity sweetness and a…

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