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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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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2005 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2005 Front Label
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  • Col Solare  2005 Front Label
    Col Solare 2005
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  • Spring Valley Uriah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Spring Valley Uriah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2005 Front Label
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2005 Front Label
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  • Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2005 Front Label
    Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2005
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    Fidelitas Optu Red 2005
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2005
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    • Cayuse Camaspelo 2005  Front Label
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    • 21 Grams  2005  Front Label
      21 Grams 2005
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    • Corliss Red 2005 Front Label
      Corliss Red 2005
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    • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2005 Front Label
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      • Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2005 Front Label
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        • Spring Valley Uriah 2005 Front Label
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          Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2005
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        • O.S Winery BSH Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  Front Label
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          • Lost River Winery Cedarosa 2005 Front Label
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            • Pondera Winery Consensio 2005 Front Label
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              • Guardian Cellars Gun Metal 2005  Front Label
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                • JM Cellars Bramble Bump Red 2005 Front Label
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                  • Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Balsamroot Winery Ivan the Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005 Front Label
                    Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Balsamroot Winery Ivan the Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake Chelan, Columbia Valley, Washington
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