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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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  • Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD97
    • JS96
    • RP94
    • W&S92
    • WS92
    4.3 46 Ratings
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD98
    • RP94
    • WE94
    • JS93
    • WS93
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  • Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD91
    • WS91
    • RP90
    • WE90
    4.8 99 Ratings
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  • Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD95
    • RP91
    3.9 13 Ratings
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS94
    • TP92
    • WS92
    • RP92
    • JD92
    4.3 41 Ratings
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2016  Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP93
    • JD92
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP90
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  • Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2016  Front Bottle Shot
    Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD95
    • RP93
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