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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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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cote Bonneville Carriage House Red Blend 2012  Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Carriage House Red Blend 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JS90
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS93
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012 Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE95
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2012 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE91
    • WS90
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE96
    • WS93
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JD98
    • WS96
    • WE95
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  • K Vintners El Jefe 2012 Front Label
    K Vintners El Jefe 2012
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP94
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  • Gramercy Cellars The Deuce Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars The Deuce Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Charlotte 2012 Front Label
    K Vintners Charlotte 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE91
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2012
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2012  Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2012 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2012  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2012  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2012  Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • W&S90
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