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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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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sixto Moxee Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Sixto Moxee Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pirouette  2015 Front Label
    Pirouette 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP93
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    • WE92
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  • Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE91
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  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2015 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP93
    • WS92
    • WE91
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  • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP90
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
    B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015
    Petit Verdot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2015 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah 2015 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP95
    • W&S91
    • WE90
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S91
    • RP90
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  • Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2015 Front Label
    Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP91
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  • Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2015 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sequel Syrah 2015 Front Label
    Sequel Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP92
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2015 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP97
    • JS97
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