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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 2003 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP100
    • WE97
    • WS95
    4.2 10 Ratings
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  • Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP95
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP99
    • WE97
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  • Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
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  • Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE93
    • WS92
    • RP90
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS96
    • RP95
    • W&S91
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  • Eroica Riesling 2003 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2003
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS91
    • RP91
    • W&S90
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  • Snoqualmie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP90
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
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  • Chester-Kidder  2003 Front Label
    Chester-Kidder 2003
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
    3.7 36 Ratings
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  • Northstar Walla Walla Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Northstar Walla Walla Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
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  • DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 2003 Front Label
    DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP95
    • WE92
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  • Sequel Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Sequel Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS92
    • RP92
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  • Seven Hills Winery Pentad Red 2003 Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Pentad Red 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2003 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Woodward Canyon Estate Red 2003 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Estate Red 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2003 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP93
    • WE93
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
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