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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JD92
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    • RP90
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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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    • WS94
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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    • W&S94
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S94
    • WE92
    • RP92
    • JS92
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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
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  • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JD93
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  • Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2016  Front Label
    Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JS93
    • W&S91
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S88
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  • Gramercy Cellars Olsen Vineyard Rose 2017 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars Olsen Vineyard Rose 2017
    Rosé from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah 2015 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP95
    • W&S91
    • WE90
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS91
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    • JD90
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  • Spring Valley Uriah 2015  Front Label
    Spring Valley Uriah 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE92
    • W&S91
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