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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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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Snoqualmie Reserve Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Reserve Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2001 Front Label
    Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Eroica Riesling 2001
    Riesling from 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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  • Hedges Family Estate Fume - Chardonnay 2001
    Other White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Snoqualmie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sagelands Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2001
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE89
    • WS85
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer 2001
    Gewurztraminer from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE87
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2001 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE92
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  • Columbia Crest Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Chardonnay 2001
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE87
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Johannisberg Riesling 2001
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2001 Front Label
    Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2001
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hogue Fruit Forward Fume Blanc 2001
    Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE86
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE90
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  • Columbia Winery Columbia Valley Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Columbia Winery Columbia Valley Syrah 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE90
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP96
    • WE95
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  • Hogue Genesis Viognier 2001
    Viognier from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE87
    • RP86
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE95
    • WS94
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  • Columbia Crest Johannisberg Riesling 2001
    Riesling 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
    • W&S91
    • WE90
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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2001 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS92
    • WE90
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2001
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE91
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