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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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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2011
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2011
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2011
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2011
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2011
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  • Leonetti Merlot (scuffed labels) 2011 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot (scuffed labels) 2011
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chester-Kidder  2011 Front Label
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  • Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache 2011 Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache 2011
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2011 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2011
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  • Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cote Bonneville Carriage House Red Blend 2011 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Carriage House Red Blend 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Goose Ridge g3 Red Wine 2011 Front Label
    Goose Ridge g3 Red Wine 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Spring Valley Nina Lee Syrah 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2011
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2011 Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2011
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  • Mercer Estates Cavalie Reserve 2011 Front Label
    Mercer Estates Cavalie Reserve 2011
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  • Barnard Griffin Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Barnard Griffin Syrah 2011
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2011 Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2011 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2011
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  • Three Rivers River's Red Blend 2011 Front Label
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  • Efeste Ceidleigh Syrah 2011 Front Label
    Efeste Ceidleigh Syrah 2011
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  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
    Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2011 Front Label
    Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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