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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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  • Zero One Vintners Sauce Red Blend 2012 Front Label
    Zero One Vintners Sauce Red Blend 2012
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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    • 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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    • Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2012  Front Label
      Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2012
      Rhone Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • RP94
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    • Cayuse Walla Walla Special #4 (1.5 Liter Magnum with OWC) 2012 Front Label
      Cayuse Walla Walla Special #4 (1.5 Liter Magnum with OWC) 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
      • RP96
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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
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    • StoneCap Syrah 2012 Front Label
      StoneCap Syrah 2012
      Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE89
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    • Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red 2012 Front Label
      Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • RP93
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    • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2012 Front Label
      Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2012
      Merlot from 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
        • RP97
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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
        • RP99
        • WE96
        • WS94
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      • Hedges Family Estate HIP Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
        Hedges Family Estate HIP Chardonnay 2012
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012 Front Label
          Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Andrew Rich Mesalliance 2012 Front Label
            Andrew Rich Mesalliance 2012
            Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Mercer Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Mercer Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
              • WS90
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            • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
              Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • WS96
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            • Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2012 Front Label
              Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2012
              Bordeaux White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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
              • RP94
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            • StoneCap Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
              StoneCap Chardonnay 2012
              Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
              • WS88
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            • Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend 2012 Front Label
                Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend 2012
                Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Amavi Semillon 2012 Front Label
                Amavi Semillon 2012
                Semillon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WE91
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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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              • 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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                • JD96
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