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Columbia Valley Wine Washington

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2015  Front Label
        Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • JD96
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      • Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2019  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2019
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
          Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
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        • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2017  Front Label
          DeLille D2 Estate Red 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • W&S91
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        • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Golden West Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
          Golden West Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
          • JD91
          • RP89
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        • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
          Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS92
          • D91
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014  Front Label
                Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2017  Front Label
                L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Substance Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                Substance Chardonnay 2019
                Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2016  Front Label
                  Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2016
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
                  • JS92
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