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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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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS96
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  • Force Majeure Parabellum Coulee 2018  Front Label
    Force Majeure Parabellum Coulee 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP94
    • WE94
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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
    • JS90
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  • K Vintners King Coal 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners King Coal 2018
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JS96
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  • K Vintners Motor City Kitty Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners Motor City Kitty Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS98
    • JD94
    4.1 17 Ratings
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  • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD97
    • JS96
    • RP94
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  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS91
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE91
    3.9 45 Ratings
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  • Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD91
    3.9 55 Ratings
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2018  Front Label
      DeLille D2 Estate Red 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE92
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      • JD91
      • JS90
      4.4 21 Ratings
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    • Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JD93
      • JS92
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    • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE90
      4.1 22 Ratings
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    • Intrinsic Red Blend 2018  Front Label
      Intrinsic Red Blend 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE90
      3.9 105 Ratings
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    • Leonetti Sangiovese 2018  Front Label
      Leonetti Sangiovese 2018
      Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS94
      • JD92
      • RP90
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    • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • The Soldier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
        The Soldier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WE90
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2018  Front Label
          K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JD95
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        • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2018  Front Label
          K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JD96
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          • RP94
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        • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2018  Front Label
          L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS94
          • JD92
          • RP92
          • WE90
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        • K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah 2018  Front Label
          K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah 2018
          Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS94
          • JD93
          3.9 19 Ratings
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        • Columbia Winery Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Columbia Winery Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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