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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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  • Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
    Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hogue Genesis Crawford Vineyard Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
    Hogue Genesis Crawford Vineyard Chardonnay 1996
    Chardonnay from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Col Solare  1996 Front Label
      Col Solare 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
      Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Latah Creek Merlot 1996
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Columbia Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Hogue Genesis Syrah 1996 Front Label
          Hogue Genesis Syrah 1996
          Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Cascade Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
          Cascade Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
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          • Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 1996
            Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Columbia Winery Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
              Columbia Winery Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Hogue Reserve Merlot 1996 Front Label
              Hogue Reserve Merlot 1996
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Hogue Genesis Merlot 1996
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Hogue Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                  Hogue Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Hogue Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                  Hogue Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Kiona Merlot 1996 Front Label
                    Kiona Merlot 1996
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc 1996
                    Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1996 Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1996
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Columbia Winery Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Front Label
                      Columbia Winery Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Woodward Canyon Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Hogue Merlot 1996 Front Label
                          Hogue Merlot 1996
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Covey Run Reserve Merlot 1996
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1996 Front Label
                              Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1996
                              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • St. Clement Washington Merlot 1996 Front Label
                                St. Clement Washington Merlot 1996
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Chardonnay 1996
                                Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Columbia Crest Red Reserve 1996 Front Label
                                Columbia Crest Red Reserve 1996
                                Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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