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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
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  • Covey Run Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Covey Run Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Two Vines Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
      Two Vines Chardonnay 2003
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Cougar Crest Estate Syrah 2003 Front Label
        Cougar Crest Estate Syrah 2003
        Syrah/Shiraz from Washington
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        • Cayuse Coccinelle Syrah 2003  Front Label
          Cayuse Coccinelle Syrah 2003
          Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Covey Run Reserve Semillon Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
            Covey Run Reserve Semillon Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2003
            Other Dessert from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Tomasello Winery Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
                Tomasello Winery Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2003
                Other Dessert from Washington
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                  • Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2003 Front Label
                    Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2003
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    • WS89
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                  • Hogue Fruit Forward Late Harvest Riesling 2003 Front Label
                    Hogue Fruit Forward Late Harvest Riesling 2003
                    Other Dessert from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2003 Front Label
                        Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2003
                        Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                          Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
                          • CG90
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                        • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                          Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2003
                          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Snoqualmie Reserve Syrah 2003 Front Label
                            Snoqualmie Reserve Syrah 2003
                            Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2003 Front Label
                              Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2003
                              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
                              • WE88
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                            • Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Limited Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                              Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Limited Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2003
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2003
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                                • WS90
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                              • Cayuse Flying Pig 2003 Front Label
                                Cayuse Flying Pig 2003
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                                • WS92
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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
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                                • 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
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                              • Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2003 Front Label
                                Columbia Winery Cellarmaster Johannisberg Riesling 2003
                                Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Tomasello Winery Atlantic County Sparkling Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                                  Tomasello Winery Atlantic County Sparkling Pinot Noir 2003
                                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Washington
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