Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2014 Clos Rogue Valley Reserve Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $50

Portland vintner Leah Jorgensen continues to grow her following by producing several expressions of Cabernet Franc from the Rogue Valley. Sundown Vineyard is a Salmon-Safe site planted in 1999 and managed by the Moore family of Quail Run Vineyards acclaim, and this collaboration leads to a showy Cab Franc. Sweet…

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Armstrong Family Winery 2014 Dineen Vineyard Fronk Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $32

Pat Dineen and the Rawn brothers farm these 87 acres in the Rattlesnake Hills for more than 30 wineries in Washington state, and their Cabernet Franc is a particular favorite of Jennifer Armstrong. Her husband, Tim, allows for the Bordeaux grape’s charming dried herbs to peek out behind the aromas…

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

This vintage at the McMinnville, Ore., winery marked the 30th anniversary of the vineyard. Ariel Eberle’s Pinot Gris from the own-rooted Rainbow Block was taken Sept. 15 during the warmest growing season on record, she presents in an slightly off-dry style that’s ideal for the patio. Aromas of pear blossom,…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $30

This reserve approach by Ross Andrew Mickel features two of Red Mountains most important sites — historic Ciel du Cheval and emerging star Quintessence. By Sept. 27, all the components were harvested, including the Merlot (10%) and Petit Verdot (10%). The 25 months in French oak make for aromas of…

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Mercer Estates 2014 Cavalie Vineyard Block 93 Eagle & Plow Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $100

The Mercer family has raised more than $35,000 for veterans’ charities via its unique program with these prized Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Block 93 of Cavalie Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This marks the third vintage for Eagle & Plow, a product of 911 vines planted across 1 acre…

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Cairdeas Winery 2014 Caislen An Papa Meek Vineyard, Yakima Valley, $45

The Lybeckers’ name their Châteaunuf-du-Pape-inspired GSM after the Gaelic phrase “Castle of the Pope”, and they’ve made it a vineyard-design blend of Grenache (44%), Mourvèdre (22%), Syrah (14%), Cinsault (13%) and Counoise featuring Michael Meek’s site near Red Mountain. It’s razzy from start to finish, including aromas of tangerine, cranberry,…

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Wine By Joe 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Best Buy! One of Oregon’s most acclaimed winemakers, “Hollywood” Joe Dobbes, pulls largely from his 30-year-old Seabreeze Vineyard northwest of Salem for this bottling under his bargain Wine By Joe program. It’s a well-balanced, bright and flavorful Pinot Gris that opens with aromas of lemon meringue pie and melon that…

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Burnt Bridge Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Co-founder Mark Mahan continues to invest in some of the best that the Walla Walla Valley has to offer, which includes Dusted Valley-trained Ben Stuart. They’ve changed up the barrel program slightly from the equally stellar 2013 edition of this reserve Cab, allowing it to spend 20 months in all…

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Angel Vine 2015 The Cluster Fus, Columbia Valley, $28

Portland winemaker Ed Fus credits Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe fame in Washington for introducing him to Tedd Wildman of StoneTree Vineyard, and the relationship with the Wahluke Slope site has been critical to the rise of Angel Vine. His new proprietary The Cluster Fus (rhymes with cuss) blend could…

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Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2015 Tour Rain Vin Rouge, Oregon, $25

Portland urban winemaker Leah Jørgensen continues to further the cause for “Loiregon,” and she works closely with State of Jefferson grower Herb Quady in Oregon’s Applegate Valley to continue her success with Cabernet Franc. Tour Rain, inspired by the Touraine blends of France’s Loire Valley, is her flagship bottling, a…

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