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An important winegrowing state increasingly recognized for its high-quality reds and whites...

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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 (3 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS92
    • WE90
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS92
    • WE90
    4.1 18 Ratings
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S94
    • WE92
    • RP92
    • JS92
    • WS91
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP95
    • WE94
    • WS93
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Tempranillo 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Tempranillo 2013
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE94
    • RP92
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  • Cayuse Walla Walla Special #5 (1.5 Liter  Magnum - OWC) 2013 Front Label
    Cayuse Walla Walla Special #5 (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP96
    • WE93
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  • Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2013 Front Label
    Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP94
    • WE93
    • WS92
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