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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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Red 2001 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Red 2001
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Walla Walla Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Northstar Walla Walla Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Stella Maris 2001 Front Label
    Northstar Stella Maris 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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