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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 Estate Series Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Red Reserve 1996 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Red Reserve 1996
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Col Solare  1996 Front Label
      Col Solare 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Matthews Winery Yakima Valley Red 1996 Front Label
      Matthews Winery Yakima Valley Red 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Latah Creek Merlot 1996
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Hogue Genesis Syrah 1996 Front Label
        Hogue Genesis Syrah 1996
        Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Columbia Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Cascade Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
          Cascade Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Columbia Winery Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
            Columbia Winery Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Hogue Merlot 1996 Front Label
            Hogue Merlot 1996
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Hogue Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Hogue Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Kiona Merlot 1996 Front Label
                Kiona Merlot 1996
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Woodward Canyon Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1996 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1996
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Columbia Winery Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                    Columbia Winery Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Hogue Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                      Hogue Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc 1996
                      Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Hogue Genesis Merlot 1996
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Hogue Reserve Merlot 1996 Front Label
                        Hogue Reserve Merlot 1996
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Covey Run Reserve Merlot 1996
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • St. Clement Washington Merlot 1996 Front Label
                            St. Clement Washington Merlot 1996
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Columbia Winery Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                            Columbia Winery Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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