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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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  • 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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  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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    • JD91
    • WE90
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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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    • RP94
    • W&S92
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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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  • 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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    • Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS92
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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
      • JS93
      • RP92
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS91
      3.8 11 Ratings
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    • Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JD96
      • WS94
      • W&S93
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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
      • W&S90
      • WE90
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    • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014 Front Label
      Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JD97
      • RP97
      • JS94
      4.3 7 Ratings
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    • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS92
      • RP89
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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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    • B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
      B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015
      Petit Verdot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JD95
      • RP93
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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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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
      J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Greenwing Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Greenwing Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE91
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    • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
      No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
      Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
      • RP95
      • WE94
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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
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      • W&S94
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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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