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An important winegrowing state increasingly recognized for its high-quality reds and whites, Washington ranks second in production in the U.S. after California. Washington wines continue to gain well-deserved popularity as they garner higher and higher praise from critics and consumers alike.

Washington winemakers draw inspiration mainly from Napa Valley, Bordeaux and the Rhône as well as increasingly from other regions like Spain and Italy. Most viticulture takes place on the eastern side of the state—an arid desert in the rain shadow of the Cascade mountains. Irrigation is made possible by the Columbia River. Temperatures are extreme, with hot and dry summers and cold winters, during which frost can be a risk.

Washington’s wine industry was initially built on Merlot, which remains an important variety to this day, despite having been overtaken in acreage planted by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Bordeaux blends and Rhône blends are common as well as single varietal bottlings. Washington reds tend to express a real purity of concentrated fruit. The best examples have a bold richness, seamless texture, plush or powdery tannins and flavors such as licorice, herb, forest floor, espresso and dark chocolate.

In terms of white wine, Riesling is the state’s major success story, producing crisp, aromatic examples with plenty of stone fruit that range from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc perform nicely here as well, and Viognier is beginning to pick up steam.

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  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JD91
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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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    • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016  Front Label
      K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016
      Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • RP95
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE88
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    • Substance Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Substance Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS93
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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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      • Golden West Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
        Golden West Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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        • WE90
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      • Sleight Of Hand The Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
        Sleight Of Hand The Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • JS93
        • RP91
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      • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
        Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS93
        • RP89
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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
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        • RP92
        • D90
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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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        • D92
        • W&S92
        • JS91
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WE91
        • W&S88
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      • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
        Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS93
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        • WE90
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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
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        • RP94
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      • B. Leighton Olsen Brothers Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
        B. Leighton Olsen Brothers Vineyard Syrah 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Prayers of Sinners Red Blend 2017  Front Label
        Prayers of Sinners Red Blend 2017
        Other Red Blends from Washington
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        • Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
          Andrew Will Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
          • RP92
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        • Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2016  Front Label
          Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2016
          Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JD90
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
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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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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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              • DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2018 Front Label
                DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2018
                Bordeaux White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WE93
                • RP92
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              • Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                • JD95
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