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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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  • 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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  • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE90
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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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    • 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
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      • W&S93
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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 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
        L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • W&S90
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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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        • 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
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        • WE90
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      • J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
        J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WS91
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      • K Vintners King Coal 2016 Front Label
        K Vintners King Coal 2016
        Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • JS95
        • RP94
        • WS92
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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
        • JD97
        • JS95
        • RP94
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      • L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2016  Front Label
        L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS96
        • JD95
        • W&S94
        • WE91
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      • Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
        Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WS90
        • JS90
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      • Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • WE92
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • W&S92
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      • K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JD95
        • RP93
        • WS93
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      • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JD98
        • JS96
        • RP95
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      • K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016
        Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JD97
        • WS93
        • JS93
        • RP93
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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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        • WE92
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      • Columbia Winery Red Blend 2016  Front Label
        Columbia Winery Red Blend 2016
        Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JD89
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      • K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • B. Leighton Gratitude 2016  Front Label
        B. Leighton Gratitude 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • WE92
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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