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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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  • Leonetti Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP94
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  • Canoe Ridge Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Canoe Ridge Merlot 2004
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    • Barnard Griffin Merlot 2004 Front Label
      Barnard Griffin Merlot 2004
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
      Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2004
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      • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
        Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2004
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • WE89
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        • Snoqualmie Merlot 2004 Front Label
          Snoqualmie Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • WS87
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        • Sagelands Merlot Four Corners 2004 Front Label
          Sagelands Merlot Four Corners 2004
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2004
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
              Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2004
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2004 Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2004
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Flying Fish Merlot 2004 Front Label
                Flying Fish Merlot 2004
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Hogue Genesis Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                  • WS89
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                • Red Diamond Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Red Diamond Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Novelty Hill Merlot 2004 Front Label
                    Novelty Hill Merlot 2004
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Pedestal Merlot 2004 Front Label
                    Pedestal Merlot 2004
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    • CG95
                    • RP94
                    • WS93
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2004
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                      • WS90
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                    • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Covey Run Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      Covey Run Merlot 2004
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                      • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                        Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2004
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot 2004  Front Label
                        Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot 2004
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Washington Hills Merlot 2004  Front Label
                          Washington Hills Merlot 2004
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Canoe Ridge Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                            Canoe Ridge Reserve Merlot 2004
                            Merlot from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Bergevin Lane Merlot 2004 Front Label
                              Bergevin Lane Merlot 2004
                              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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