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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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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2016
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2016 Front Label
    Cayuse Camaspelo 2016
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2017  Front Label
    Cayuse Camaspelo 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2015 Front Label
    Leonetti Sangiovese 2015
    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2007  Front Label
    Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2007
    Other Dessert from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Walla Walla Special #10 (1.5 Liter  Magnum - OWC) 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse Walla Walla Special #10 (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2014 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Horsepower Vineyards The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2016
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  • Cayuse Walla Walla Special #5 (1.5 Liter  Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Cayuse Walla Walla Special #5 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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