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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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  • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
    Riesling 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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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
        Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • RP89
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      • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Substance Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Substance Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
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          • WW90
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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
          • JS93
          • RP92
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        • Golden West Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
          Golden West Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
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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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          • JS91
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • W&S92
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        • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
          Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
          Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
          • JD91
          • WE90
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
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        • Sleight Of Hand The Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
          Sleight Of Hand The Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016  Front Label
          Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
            J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
            • WE91
            • W&S88
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          • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016  Front Label
            K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016
            Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
            • JD97
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          • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
            • JS92
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          • Skyfall Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Skyfall Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2016  Front Label
              Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2016
              Other Red Blends 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 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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