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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 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS93
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS94
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2005 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS94
    • RP94
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  • Saggi  2005 Front Label
    Saggi 2005
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP98
    • WS95
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2005 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP93
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  • Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP94
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  • Col Solare  2005 Front Label
    Col Solare 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP94
    • WS93
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  • Pirouette  2005 Front Label
    Pirouette 2005
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP91
    • CG91
    • WS90
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  • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2005  Front Label
    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2005
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP98
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Milbrandt Legacy Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Milbrandt Legacy Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE91
    • RP90
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE93
    • W&S92
    • RP91
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  • Goose Ridge Viero 2005 Front Label
    Goose Ridge Viero 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP90
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS90
    • RP90
    3.6 5 Ratings
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  • Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
    • WS91
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  • Basel Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Basel Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP89
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP90
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2005  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP100
    • WS92
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP94
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  • Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP89
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