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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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE89
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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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    • 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 Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
        Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • JD91
        • WE90
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      • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
        Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
        Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS92
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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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      • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
        Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
          Eroica Riesling 2017
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • W&S93
          • JD92
          • WE91
          • JS90
          • RP90
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2017 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2017
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
            • JS91
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          • Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine Front Label
            Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine
            Other Dessert from Walla Walla 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
                • JS93
                • RP92
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              • Charles & Charles Rose 2018 Front Label
                Charles & Charles Rose 2018
                Rosé from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WE90
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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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              • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
                J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                • JD96
                • WS94
                • W&S93
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              • Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, 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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                • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
                  • JS93
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                  • WE90
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                • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                  • JS98
                  • RP95
                  • WE93
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                • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                  • JS93
                  • W&S90
                  • WE90
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