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Wine Enthusiast reviews for November 2015

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for November 2015. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

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14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Cabernet Franc Horse Heaven Hills $30 90 points
This wine brings aromas of herbs, black cherry, chocolate and flowers. The palate is medium bodied, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel flavors that include vanilla, cocoa and cherry.

14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $NA 90 points Aged in a mixture of French and American oak (33% new), this wine shows a combination of fruit and barrel, with aromas and flavors of vanilla, pencil lead, cocoa and blue fruit. It’s soft in feel, showing plenty of richness.

14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $NA 88 points Aromas of cherry, vanilla and herb are reserved. The mocha and cherry flavors are sweet and soft with a cranberry lick on the finish.

14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Malbec Horse Heaven Hills $NA 88 points The oak (45% new French) takes the lead initially, with aromas of vanilla and cocoa out in front of plum, black cherry and dried flowers. The flavors are sweet and saturated with a creamy feel. It’s undeniable in its appeal, though the variety seems to get lost.

14 Hands 2012 The Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $30 88 points A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine offers aromas of dried herbs, milk chocolate and raspberries. It’s silky in feel with polished tannins and a spice-filled finish.

14 Hands 2013 Hot to Trot White Blend Washington $10 87 points Largely Chardonnay and Riesling, this wine offers aromas that include peach, pear, melon and almond. It’s full in feel, lightly sweet with citrus and stone-fruit flavors that linger. Best Buy

14 Hands 2013 Chardonnay Washington $12 86 points Butter, pear and baking spice aromas are followed by a rounded palate with sweet fruit flavors. Pair it with baked chicken.

14 Hands 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Washington $10 85 points Light aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit are followed by tropical flavors that linger. It’s an easy drinking quaffer. Best Buy

Adams Bench 2012 Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $60 93 points 
Aromatically brooding, this wine slowly opens to reveal notes of scorched earth, incense, cassis, herbs and flowers. It coats the palate with layer upon layer of cherry and plum flavors supported by chewy tannins. The finish lingers. It will be best after 2020. Cellar Selection

Airfield Estates 2012 Aviator Red Blend Yakima Valley $35 88 points This blend contains five Bordeaux varieties with Cabernet Sauvingon (54%) and Merlot (28%) taking the lead. Cocoa, herb and plum aromas are followed by sweet cherry and cranberry flavors backed by chalky tannins.

Airfield Estates 2014 Chardonnay Yakima Valley $18 86 points This light-colored wine is perfumed with aromas of honeydew melon and pear. It’s lightly spritzy with abundant tropical flavors.

Alexander the Grape 2010 Golden Grape Klipsun Vineyards Sémillon Red Mountain $50 89 points Golden in color and showing some signs of browning, this wine is aromatic with notes of brown sugar, honey and dried pear. It’s intensely sweet (194g/L residual sugar), with a layered feel.

Alexander the Grape 2011 The Conqueror Klipsun Vineyards Red Blend Red Mountain $50 88 points This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah brings aromas of Mounds Bar, spice and cherry. The flavors are tightly wound, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel with a persistent finish. The oak rides heavy but there are good things going on.

Ambassador Vineyard 2012 Envoy Estate Grown Red Blend Red Mountain $35 92 points Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up equal parts of this wine, with pinches of Petit Verdot and Malbec blended in. Vanilla, cocoa, coffee, herb and cherry aromas are followed by generous fruit and barrel flavors supported by tightly wound tannins. The wood is primary right now. It will be best after 2021.

Ambassador Vineyard 2012 Plenipotentiary Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 91 points The aromas of woodspice, vanilla and cedar are primary at present on this wine that seems initially closed on the nose. The palate is more vibrant, with cranberry and cherry flavors framed by a tart lick of acidity. Its best days in front of it. Drink after 2021.

Ambassador Vineyard 2012 Estate Grown Attache Grenache Red Mountain $24 90 points The dark raspberry, plum, herb, vanilla and spice aromas and flavors are rich and high octane. It’s not for the faint of heart but offers plenty of appeal.

Ambassador Vineyard 2012 Estate Grown Syrah Red Mountain $28 90 points Herb, cherry, smoke, cedar, vanilla and coffee aromas are out front, with the Cabernet Sauvignon blended in (18%) showing itself. The palate is rich but well balanced, with coffee flavors lingering on the finish. It doesn’t seem entirely varietal but it brings plenty of appeal.

Ambassador Vineyard 2012 Estate Grown Grenache Red Mountain $42 88 points Aromas of raspberry and baking spices are followed by tart, full-bodied fruit flavors backed by cranberry-like tartness. It shows a lovely sense of texture but the alcohol distracts.

Ancestry 2012 Provocant Heritage Series Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 90 points A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (39%) and Petit Verdot, this wine offers aromas of café au lait, dried herbs, butterscotch, woodspice and cherry. The barrel flavors provide much of the appeal, along with a silky feel.

Ancestry 2012 Le Frere Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 89 points This holds two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Merlot and a splash of Petit Verdot. Oak aromas of butterscotch, woodspice and vanilla are out in front of cherry and herbs. On the palate, the oak flavors lead, followed by coffee and cherry. It seems a bit heavy-handed right now but may come together with time.

Ancestry 2012 La Soeur Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 88 points Made with 75% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine brings aromas of café au lait, toast and red fruit. It’s full bodied, with coffee and cherry flavors that linger.

Ancestry 2014 Reunion Chardonnay Columbia Valley $25 87 points The pear, apple, toast and cinnamon aromas are light and elusive. The flavors are elegant, with the concentration trailing toward the finish.

Ancestry 2014 Réjouissant Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $18 87 points Herb and citrus aromas lead to lightly spritzy, just off-dry tropical fruit flavors that linger.

Ancestry 2014 Le Cortège Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley $20 86 points Aromas of melon, starfruit and yellow apple lead to off-dry fruit flavors. It seems a bit sweet compared to the acid that’s in the glass.

Anew 2014 Rosé Columbia Valley $12 88 points A new addition to the winery’s portfolio, this wine is predominantly Sangiovese with some Syrah blended in. Bright aromas of wild strawberry and peach lead to crisp, dry, lightly spritzy fruit flavors that persist. Best Buy

Anew 2014 Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley $12 87 points This fresh, appealing wine is lightly spritzy, with flavors of pear and melon that show persistence. Best Buy

Apex 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $16 88 points The aromas of citrus peel, herb and mineral are light and elusive. The palate offers medium-bodied tropical fruit flavors that stretch out on the finish.

Ardor 2012 Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 94 points Fermented 75% whole-cluster and then aged in neutral oak, this wine offers complex, expressive aromas of green olive, fresh herbs, grilled asparagus, earth and peat. The palate brings waves of intensity, with sensuous, layered savory flavors that lead to a hyperextended finish. It’s an exclamation point of a wine that shows the promise of this young winery and vineyard. Editor’s Choice

Ardor 2012 Lonesome Springs Ranch Mourvèdre Yakima Valley $40 90 points Aromas of black and white pepper and raw meat are redolent on this wine. The palate is all about feel, freshness and texture, without a trace of new wood in sight and a finish that lingers. It’s a unique example of the variety that focuses on subtlety and nuance.

Ardor 2014 Lawrence Vineyard White Blend Columbia Valley $28 89 points Equal parts Viognier and Roussanne, this wine displays notes of peach, lees and spice. The palate is broad in feel with stone-fruit flavors and a tart finish.

Ardor 2014 Los Odios White Blend Walla Walla Valley $28 89 points This wine is near-equal parts Marsanne and Picpoul. It brings zesty aromas of spice, lees, almond and citrus followed by a medium-bodied palate with a zing of acidity and good balance.

Ardor 2014 Nostra Terra Vineyard Mourvèdre Walla Walla Valley $22 88 points Rosés are unusual coming out of the valley and single-varietal, vineyard-designated ones an extreme rarity. This one is pale cherry in color with aromas of spice and herb. The palate is broad and textured in feel with abundant spice and mineral flavors and a lingering finish.

Armstrong Family 2012 The Scotsman Syrah Columbia Valley $28 84 points Barrel aromas take the lead with notes of vanilla, dill and coconut followed by cherry, herbs and mesquite. Flavors are tart and medium bodied, with the fruit outpaced by the wood.

Armstrong Family 2014 Wild Angels White Blend Columbia Valley $18 84 points A blend of Chardonnay (60%) and Viognier, this is lightly reductive out of the gate, along with aromas of Band Aid and apple. It drinks a hair off dry, with melon and apple flavors.

Array 2012 Dijon Clone Chardonnay Yakima Valley $32 90 points Otis Harlan Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills provides the fruit for this wine. Distinctive aromas of lees, almond, toast and grass lead to creamy stone-fruit flavors that show persistence on the finish.

Array 2012 Chardonnay Washington $25 89 points This wine is a blend of fruit from Conner Lee, Stillwater Creek and Otis Harlan vineyards. It’s aromatically generous, with notes of pineapple, toast, candlewax and butter followed by lightly creamy flavors.

Array 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $32 89 points Coming from one of the state’s top Chardonnay sites, this wine offers pleasing aromas of crushed stone along with peach, cardamom and other spices. It’s sleek in style, with a tart lick of acidity. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.

Auclair 2012 96 Cedars Red Blend Red Mountain $26 88 points Aromas of dates, leather and spice are followed by cherry, licorice and medicine-cabinet flavors backed by lightly dry tannins. Drink now.

Auclair 2012 Petit Verdot Red Mountain $NA 88 points This aromatic wine conveys medicine cabinet, blackberry, dried fruit and mulling spices. It’s full bodied and coats the palate with cherry, blackberry and medicinal flavors, showing some warmth on the finish.

Baer 2012 Star Red Blend Columbia Valley $32 94 points Made with 75% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Franc, this wine commands attention with aromas of dried and fresh herbs, black fruit, toast and flowers. The dark fruit flavors are rich, layered and tightly coiled, captivating attention with spot-on balance. Editor’s Choice

Baer 2012 Arctos Red Blend Columbia Valley $43 93 points Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) takes the lead on this wine followed by Merlot (15%) and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aromas of high-toned dried herbs, flowers, black currant, coffee and barrel spices lead to densely packed black fruit flavors that need time to strut their stuff. Drink after 2021. Cellar Selection

Baer 2012 Callisto Red Blend Columbia Valley $39 93 points This wine is half Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah, finished off with Petit Verdot. The aromas and flavors of dried herbs, blackberry, tar and fresh flowers show multiple layers, with the palate displaying density and richness. It needs time to be at its best but will be worth the wait. Drink 2020–2027. Cellar Selection

Baer 2012 Ursa Red Blend Columbia Valley $39 92 points Equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc (40% each) with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this Stillwater Creek Vineyard wine has aromas of graphite, fresh herbs, dark coffee and cherry. It has palate-coating, layered chocolate and cherry flavors plus abundant vanilla accents, coalescing on the finish and lingering.

Baer 2014 Shard White Wine Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley $22 90 points This young wine starts out tight but it later reveals aromas of pineapple, toasted grapenuts and peach. It’s full bodied in style, with generous tropical flavors that show surprising richness and weight for an unoaked wine.

Barrister 2012 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $29 92 points The flagship bottling for this winery, this brings aromas of dried herbs, dark chocolate, espresso bean, black currant and cherry. The dark fruit flavors are rich and concentrated, possessing a layered mouthfeel that captures the attention.

Barrister 2012 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $29 91 points Dwelley Vineyard provides most of the fruit for this Merlot. Toasty barrel aromas are at the fore followed by exotic spices, milk chocolate and cherry. The flavors are plush and jammy, lingering on the finish.

Barrister NV Barrister’s Block III Red Blend Columbia Valley $33 91 points This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot and Syrah. Coming from a who’s who list of vineyards that includes Seven Hills, Kiona and Bacchus, it opens with aromas of baking spices, herbs and cherries. It’s full bodied and rich with dried-cherry flavors and velvety tannins.

Barrister 2012 Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $35 90 points Brooding aromas of barrel spice, black cherry, coffee bean and herb lead to tart, focused fruit and barrel flavors that linger.

Barrister 2013 Malbec Walla Walla Valley $32 89 points Coming from Summit View Vineyard, this 100% varietal wine has aromas of espresso, toast and exotic spices, with the barrel notes primary. The palate has medium-weight dark fruit flavors, lightening in the midpalate, along with abundant coffee accents. Although the barrel influence is somewhat overt for the fruit that’s in the glass, it still brings lots of enjoyment.

Barrister NV Rough Justice IX Red Blend Columbia Valley $22 89 points Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc make up the majority of this blend. It displays directly appealing aromas and flavors of dried herbs, cherry, plum, woodspice and milk chocolate with a fleshy feel.

Beresan 2010 Stone River Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $29 90 points Half Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this Rocks District wine offers appealing aromas of tobacco, milk chocolate, herbs and plum. The flavors have an elegant styling but still have plenty of depth with firm tannins backing them up. It will be best after 2018.

Beresan 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $29 89 points Pepper Bridge and Stoney Vine vineyards contribute equally to this 100% varietal wine. It’s the barrel influence that shows through first, with woodspice followed by green herbs, coffee and dark plum. The palate is rich with focused coffee and dark fruit flavors that have a touch of astringency.

Beresan 2012 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $29 88 points Blended with 15% Syrah, this is a distinctive wine with aromas of herbs, coffee and vanilla. The palate seems wound up, not quite ready to reveal its charms.

Black Box 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $25 83 points Aromas of herbs, jasmine and peach are followed by off-dry pear and peach flavors. There’s not much complexity here but it provides easy drinking enjoyment.

Boomtown 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $19 87 points Aromas of herbs, tar and plum lead to sweet, plush blue fruit flavors. It’s not a particularly serious wine but brings plenty of appeal.

Boomtown 2014 Chardonnay Washington $19 87 points Appealing aromas of yellow apple, pear and spice lead to a deftly styled palate with lightly creamy fruit flavors.

Boomtown 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $19 86 points A plummy interpretation of Merlot, this also brings aromas and flavors of herbs and spice. Flavors are sweet and easy drinking with lightly grainy tannins.

Boomtown 2014 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $19 86 points Aromas of green apple, melon and grape skins lead to fresh, lightly spritzy tropical flavors. It doesn’t entirely stand up on its own but should perk up nicely with baked fish.

Boudreaux Cellars 2013 Unfiltered Chardonnay Washington $35 90 points Half of the fruit for this wine comes from Celilo Vineyard and half from Gamache. Light cloudy in appearance, it displays aromas of prickly pear, mineral, toast and lees. It’s sleek with a lightly creamy feel.

Brady Cellars 2012 Blue Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $35 88 points Made entirely from Cabernet from a single vineyard block, this wine explores the variety’s more savory side, with aromas of leafy herbs, green pepper, cigar box, musk and dark chocolate. The cherry flavors are tart backed by chewy tannins.

Brady Cellars 2014 Rosé Yakima Valley $16 87 points All Grenache from Angiolina Farm, this pretty, pale-salmon-colored wine offers aromas of fresh herbs, wet copper penny and strawberry. It drinks dry with tart, fleshy-feeling fruit flavors.

Brady Cellars 2012 Symphony Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 84 points Barnyard and gamy aromas are out in front on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc. The cherry flavors are reserved in style with a lightly chalky feel.

Brian Carter Cellars 2013 Oriana White Blend Yakima Valley $24 89 points This blend of Viognier (51%), Roussanne (36%) and Riesling offers bright aromas of nectarine, honeysuckle and almond. It drinks dry, holding up a bit on the finish.

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $35 89 points Hailing from Canyon Vineyard Ranch, this wine has aromas of milk chocolate, herbs, spice and leather. It’s restrained in style, with citrusy acids, abundant vanilla and cocoa flavors, with firm, lightly dry tannins.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Lia Red Blend Columbia Valley $36 90 points This wine is 29% each Mourvèdre and Syrah with the rest equal parts Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache. Aromas of vanilla, coconut and red and black fruit lead to a full-bodied, creamy palate that mixes fruit and barrel flavors. The wood influence is strong but the fruit largely stands up to it.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2011 ALX Syrah Columbia Valley $42 90 points All Syrah, this blend of Yakima Valley and Wahluke Slope fruit offers aromas and flavors of cocoa, vanilla, pepper and dark cherry. The pleasing interplay of fruit and barrel comes with a soft, pillowy feel.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Petit Bec BDX Northridge Vineyard Red Blend Wahluke Slope $38 89 points This unique blend is two-thirds Malbec and one-third Petit Verdot. Aromas of vanilla, baking spices, pepper, green herbs and dark fruit lead to full-feeling plum and raspberry flavors with a firm backing of tannins.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Grenache Columbia Valley $36 89 points The barrel influence is heavy on this wine, with aromas and flavors of vanilla, cocoa and coconut out front of the variety’s red fruit. Still, the silky feel and spice flavors bring plenty of appeal; it’s just a bit hard to get at the fruit.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2011 Fête BDX Red Blend Snipes Mountain $38 89 points An unusual blend of 40% Malbec, 40% Syrah and 20% Merlot, this wine intrigues with its aromas of black pepper, plum and café au lait. It’s supple in feel, with reserved red and blue fruit flavors that persist on the finish.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2012 Hélène Rhône-style White Blend Yakima Valley $24 89 points This is a blend of 60% Viognier and 40% Roussanne, with all of the fruit coming from Art Den Hoed Vineyard. Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe peach, lees and citrus lead to a full-bodied, creamy-feeling palate with sweet fruit flavors.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Northridge Vineyard Malbec Wahluke Slope $38 88 points A lightly volatile tilt to this wine provides some distraction from its aromas and flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, leather and dates. The juicy dark fruit, abundant vanilla flavors and tart acidity provide a counterpoint.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2009 Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $44 88 points Oak-driven aromas of vanilla, coconut and spice lead to jammy dark fruit flavors. It’s polished in feel, with tart acids on the finish.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Syrah Red Mountain $44 88 points This blend of Red Heaven and La Coye vineyard fruit has brooding aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate and black cherry. It’s soft in feel with fine-grained tannins and a finish that lingers.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2009 Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 88 points The oak shows itself first on this wine with aromas of vanilla and coconut in front of sappy fruit. The flavors are full bodied, equal parts fruit and barrel, with vanilla taking the lead on the finish. There are good things but the oak dominates.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2011 Wine O’ Clock Chardonnay Columbia Valley $18 87 points Aromas of apple, pear and lees lead to a medium-bodied palate with a rounded feel. It’s a very varietal example.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2011 Wine O’ Clock Boushey Vineyard Sangiovese Yakima Valley $24 87 points Aromas of vanilla, coconut and raspberry are followed by tart, mouthwatering cranberry and raspberry flavors. The wood is a bit primary but the flavors bring enjoyment.

Bunnell Family Cellar 2012 Wine O’ Clock Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $18 85 points This wine seems slightly past peak with aromas of overripe apple, lees and pear. It’s lightly sweet with the concentration not seeming all there.

Buried Cane 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $14 87 points Pear, vanilla and butter aromas are at the fore. The Sémillon blended in (11%) gives the palate added richness and heft.

Buty 2012 Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $50 92 points Made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Syrah, this up-front wine offers aromas of herbs, dried cherry and woodspice. The dark fruit flavors are rich, layered and focused, with the tannins tightly wound, seeming to need more time in the cellar to come into their own.

Buty 2013 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $40 91 points This wine brings aromas of pineapple, lemon drop, chamomile tea and custard to the bouquet. The flavors are ripe and full, showing a sense of texture and weight followed by a persistent finish.

Buty 2013 62% Semillon 22% Sauvignon Blanc 16% Muscadelle Bordeaux-style White Blend Columbia Valley $25 89 points A blend of fruit from Boushey, Rosebud Ranch and Lonesome Springs Ranch, this wine was aged in concrete and seasoned French oak. Aromas of fig, apricot, orange peel and lees are followed by creamy flavors that have a light, elegant style.

Buty 2012 Wildebeest Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points This is an unusual blend of 41% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 6% Mourvèdre from Phinny Hill and Rock Garden Estate vineyards. Aromas of green pepper, orange peel, earth, dried herbs and cherry lead to plump, mouthwatering savory flavors.

Cadaretta 2012 Windthrow Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 92 points Made from 56% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 19% Mourvèdre, this wine currently has locked-up aromas, with notes of dark cherry, blue fruit, herbs and vanilla bean. The jammy red and black fruit flavors are considerably more expressive, with a palate-coating feel and plenty of intensity.

Cadence 2012 Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $60 94 points Cabernet Franc (84%) takes the lead on this wine with the balance equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot. It opens with aromas of flowers, dried herbs, earth and mineral. The mouthfeel is dazzling, showing depth and intensity, with enough structure to go the distance. Editor’s Choice

Cadence 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $45 93 points Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon each take up 38% of this blend, with the rest equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot. It captivates with aromas of black licorice, purple flowers, earth and herbs. The style is reserved, more focused on acid and tannin structure, but it still shows layers of textured fruit flavors. It will be best 2020–2030.

Cadence 2012 Tapteil Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $45 93 points This wine is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc. It’s aromatically brooding, with notes of high-toned dried herbs and dark cherries. The flavors are textured and palate-coating, with firm tannins backing them up. Just a baby now, it has a long life in front of it. Enjoy after 2021. Cellar Selection

Cadence 2012 Camerata Cara Mia Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $60 91 points At a full 91% of the blend, this could be labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc rounding it out. It’s shut down aromatically at present with assorted dried herbs poking through. The palate brings highly structured fruit flavors, with vibrant acidity tying it all together. Decant for a day if drinking in the near term; it will be best after 2022.

Cadence 2013 Coda Red Blend Red Mountain $25 89 points This wine is 38% Cabernet Franc, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 14% Petit Verdot. Aromas are locked-up at present, with notes of flowers, high-toned herbs, earth, licorice and dark fruit. The palate is reserved in style, with a smooth feel and a firm squeeze of lightly dry tannins on the finish.

Canoe Ridge 2012 Doval Vineyard Malbec Wahluke Slope $40 90 points This perfumed wine offers aromas of plum, flowers, cocoa, herbs and spice. The palate is all about elegance, with rich but lightly styled fruit flavors that linger.

Canoe Ridge 2012 Limited Edition Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $40 89 points The aromas of huckleberry, flowers and blueberry are bright, with a dark-chocolate top note. The palate is full bodied and rich, made in a hedonistic style with a tart finish.

Canoe Ridge 2013 Limited Edition Canyon Vineyard Ranch Tempranillo Yakima Valley $40 89 points This intriguing wine features herb, lemon twist, tobacco and spice aromas. The blue fruit flavors are lush in feel, with fine-grained tannins.

Canoe Ridge 2014 Limited Edition Canyon Vineyard Ranch Cinsault Cinsault Yakima Valley $20 88 points Vineyard-designated rosés are unusual in the state, and other Cinsault offerings unheard of at present. Pale copper in color, this offers berry aromas followed by just off-dry flavors backed by a big blast of acid that keeps you coming back for more.

Canoe Ridge 2013 The Expedition Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $15 85 points Herb, currant, vanilla and tire-rubber aromas are at the fore. The blackberry flavors drink off dry, sweetening toward the finish.

Castillo De Feliciana 2013 Brillánte Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley $30 90 points This wine is all Chardonnay. Aromas of citrus peel, spice and baked bread are direct and appealing. The flavors are dry and crisp with well-balanced acidity.

Cavatappi 2012 Maddelena Nebbiolo Columbia Valley $26 88 points Coming from Red Willow and Alder Ridge vineyards, this wine brings aromas of rose petal, coffee, cranberry and sour cherry. The palate is full of tart fruit flavors with high acid and tannins and a lingering finish. It keeps the interest high.

Cavatappi 2012 Molly’s Sangiovese Columbia Valley $21 87 points A blend of fruit from Boushey, Red Willow and Alder Ridge vineyards, this has aromas that seem unsettled. The cranberry flavors are tart with grippy, compact tannins.

Cave B 2012 Malbec Columbia Valley $38 88 points The oak (40% new Hungarian and American) brings a sense of spiciness to the aromas, which also display notes of dill and plum. Flavors show weight and intensity, with citric acidity drawing out the finish.

Cave B 2012 Order of the Cave Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 87 points One-third each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this wine offers aromas of savory herbs, red cherries, vanilla, smoke and dill. The cherry flavors are sweet, with tastes of oak (33% new) and mesquite taking the lead on the finish.

Cave B 2014 Cavewoman White Blend Ancient Lakes $14 86 points Half Chardonnay and half Sémillon, this offers aromas of pear, apple and fig that are followed by lightly sweet fruit flavors that linger.

Cave B 2014 Cuvée Blanc White Blend Ancient Lakes $25 86 points This wine is equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon fermented and aged in stainless steel. The aromas and off-dry flavors of grass and fig seem a bit muddled but still bring enjoyment.

Cave B 2014 Dry Rosé Ancient Lakes $18 84 points All Merlot, this pale-pink wine offers aromas of herbs, grass and cherry. Though the label suggests otherwise, it drinks off dry, with pit-fruit flavors.

Cayuse 2012 Impulsivo Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley $90 93 points This wine smells like moist earth after a rainfall. Aromas of earth, smoke, peat, olive tapenade and tobacco lead to abundant savory flavors with a lightly chalky feel. It captivates the senses.

Chandler Reach 2012 Monte Regalo Red Blend Yakima Valley $26 92 points Holding 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, this wine offers brooding aromas of fresh herbs, cherry, mocha and vanilla. The palate displays pleasing density and weight to the cranberry and cherry flavors that are accented by bright, zippy acidity.

Chandler Reach 2012 Patio Red Blend Yakima Valley $12 86 points Made with 75% Sangiovese, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera, this wine has aromas of barrel spices, coffee, dark raspberries and herbs. It’s medium bodied with plump fruit flavors, tart acids and a lightly chalky feel.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 91 points This 100% varietal from one of the state’s oldest vineyards brims with aromas of dark roasted coffee, char, bittersweet chocolate and black cherry. Flavors show plenty of concentration and depth with a lingering, cocoa and vanilla-filled finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley $36 91 points Coming largely from Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek vineyards, this wine leads with barrel aromas of toast and char out in front of peach. It’s rich and full bodied, showing a sense of texture and gravitas. The oak is not shy the but the fruit stands up to it.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 90 points The aromas offer notes of boysenberry, herb and barrel spices, with the Syrah blended in (11%) showing itself. The blue and black fruit flavors are lush and fruit forward, with soft tannins, a silky mouthfeel and a sustained sense of balance. It drinks best at a cool 62 degrees. Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $30 90 points This wine is aromatically reserved with notes of milk chocolate, char, berry, barrel spices and high-toned herbs. It’s silky and polished in feel, with richness and elegance to the coffee flavors.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley $17 90 points Barrel spice, pineapple, butterscotch and candlewax aromas are followed by full-bodied tropical-fruit flavors. It displays a lot of richness but retains its sense of balance.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $30 89 points Aromas of toast, yellow apple, corn silk and whiffs of tropical fruit lead to a restrained, elegant palate with a lightly creamy feel.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $15 89 points There’s immediate appeal to this wine’s plum and cocoa aromas, with Syrah (11%) adding game and smoke. The flavors are fruit-forward with plenty of plushness that make it hard to resist. It doesn’t seem entirely varietally correct but after the second sip all that is forgotten.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $11 85 points Light aromas of herbs and citrus lead to fleshy fruit flavors with a lightly spritzy feel. Pair it with baked chicken.

Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling Columbia Valley $20 90 points Vibrant aromas of peach, botrytis, apricot and pear lead to ripe stone-fruit flavors that linger. Pair it with a yellow curry.

Co Dinn 2013 Roskamp Vineyard Chardonnay Snipes Mountain $45 91 points The inaugural release from this winery, this wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 17 months. Unfiltered and lightly cloudy, it offers appealing aromas of peach, butter and spice that lead to textured but deft flavors and a persistent finish. Editors Choice

Col Solare 2012 Red Blend Red Mountain $75 93 points This wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with the remainder Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. Reserved aromas of toast, high-toned herbs, coffee and blue and black fruit lead to dense, rich, structured dark fruit flavors that show depth along with vibrant acidity and a long finish. This wine is built for the long haul and will be best from 2021–2028. Cellar Selection

Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Wautoma Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $35 92 points Coming from a site across from Cold Creek, this wine offers notes of toast, sautéed herbs, blackberry and spice. It’s rich, power packed and layered with dark fruit flavors and firm tannins—an excellent mixture of power and elegance.

Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Malbec Horse Heaven Hills $35 91 points Aromas of vanilla, cocoa and dark berries lead to full-bodied and velvety coffee, cherry and dark fruit flavors. The oak plays prominently but this wine is still pretty hard to resist.

Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Coyote Canyon Vineyards Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $35 91 points This wine has immediate appeal with its aromas of coffee, mocha, vanilla and blueberry. The blue and black fruit flavors are concentrated, with a sumptuous feel.

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Syrah Columbia Valley $12 88 points The Viognier in the blend (5%) shows itself first, with perfumed floral aromas that precede vanilla, cocoa, plum and currant. It’s broad and silky in feel with fruit and barrel flavors that carry through the finish. The oak plays a prominent role. Best Buy

Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $15 86 points Appealing aromas of grass, herbs and tropical fruit lead to tart, sleekly styled fruit flavors that show a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Côte Bonneville 2013 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $35 90 points This is a new addition to the lineup for this winery. It offers fruit-forward aromas of black currant, blue fruit and herbs. The flavors are lush and direct, bringing a sense of presence and appeal, with barrel influence in the background.

Covington 2011 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $35 91 points This brooding wine provides aromas of flowers, moist soil, raspberry and herbs. It’s velvety in feel with abundant cherry and chocolate flavors that linger on the finish.

Covington 2011 Rough House Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 90 points This wine is 52% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s lightly aromatic with notes of high-toned dried herbs, flowers, coffee and chocolate. The palate has a pretty, elegant style, with cherry flavors that linger.

Covington 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $35 90 points Coming from a cool vintage, this wine plays to the grape’s more savory side. Aromas of garden herbs emerge in front of cherry, cedar and damp earth. It’s reserved in style but with depth to the dark fruit flavors and well-integrated tannins.

Covington 2011 Olsen Vineyard Petite Sirah Yakima Valley $40 90 points This wine is a brooder, with aromas of violets and purple fruit. It’s full bodied with dense fruit flavors, citrusy acids and firm tannins—a delicious example of the variety.

Covington 2011 Ma Belle Olsen Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $45 90 points This wine is 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Mourvèdre. It opens with aromas of white pepper, potpourri, herbs and raspberries. The flavors are soft, displaying a very pretty mouthfeel and a pleasing sense of restraint.

Covington 2011 Sangiovese Columbia Valley $25 87 points This wine offers aromas of char, leather, spice, earth, flowers and cherry. It coats the palate with vibrantly tart cranberry flavors that possess a soft feel, bringing equal parts intrigue and delivery.

Crayelle Cellars 2014 Albariño Ancient Lakes $21 87 points This wine has pleasing aromas of pear and melon followed by medium-sweet fruit flavors. It’s not particularly serious but it goes down easy.

Crayelle Cellars 2013 Bishop’s Block Red Blend Ancient Lakes $29 84 points This wine is a field blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache from Bishop’s vineyard. Aromas of herbs, berry, cumin and wet copper penny are followed by smooth-feeling dark berry flavors with a tart, mesquite-filled finish.

Darby 2011 Mourvèdre Columbia Valley $42 90 points This wine plays to the variety’s savory side, with aromas of smoke, raw meat and generous amounts of black pepper. It’s full bodied, with mesquite and spice flavors that linger.

Darby 2011 The Flipside Red Blend Columbia Valley $42 90 points A blend of Grenache (52%), Syrah (25%) and Mourvèdre, this aromatic brooder offers notes of cherry, pepper, herbs and coffee. It’s full bodied with tight core of cherry flavors that linger.

Darby 2011 The Dark Side Syrah Columbia Valley $28 90 points Crushed rock, tar, herb and white pepper aromas are followed by full-bodied, tangy dried-cherry and spice flavors. The finish lingers.

Darby 2013 Le Deuce White Blend Columbia Valley $25 90 points A blend of Viognier and Roussanne, this warm-vintage wine offers aromas of toast, ripe peach, pineapple, almond and barrel spices. It’s full bodied with rich, sweet fruit flavors that stick around on the finish.

Darby 2010 The Swagger Red Blend Columbia Valley $58 89 points This Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot-dominant blend has reserved aromas of herbs, cherry and freshly cut grass. The coffee and dark fruit flavors are full bodied, with a polished feel.

Darby 2013 Purple Haze Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 89 points This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Mourvèdre offers aromas of toast, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cherry and black pepper. The fruit flavors are lighter in style, with chewy tannins and mouthwatering acids.

Darby 2011 Chaos Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 89 points A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (32%), Merlot (28%), Petit Verdot (22%) and Cabernet Franc, this cool-vintage wine offers aromas of savory herbs, cedar, black tea, woodspice, red fruit and flowers. Cherry flavors are full bodied with firm tannins and finish that lingers.

Darby 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Grenache Wahluke Slope $42 89 points Plum, spice and white pepper aromas are followed by full-bodied, ripe and quite sweet fruit flavors. There are a lot of good things going on, but the richness of the fruit gets a bit out in front, giving a somewhat ponderous, weighty feel.

Darby 2011 Aunt Lee Syrah Columbia Valley $42 87 points Aromas of smoke, sawdust and herbs are followed by lighter-styled cherry and cranberry flavors with spice accents.

Den Hoed 2011 Andreas Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $80 90 points This wine is still in its shell, with aromas of herbs, cherry cola and medicine cabinet. Flavors are elegant with firm, chewy tannins and coffee flavors that linger. Give it time to open up.

Domaine J. Meuret 2013 Le Pacte Jewett Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $30 92 points This mesmerizing offering has aromas of lemon curd, mineral, almond, flowers, nectarine and apple. The palate is rounded, with a lightly creamy feel while retaining a sense of vibrancy and lightness.

Dunham 2014 Lewis Estate Vineyard Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley $38 93 points This lightly cloudy wine displays aromas of orange marmalade, candied pear and citrus peel. Honeyed dried apple and pear flavors display exquisite balance and length.

Dunham 2012 Trutina Red Blend Columbia Valley $29 91 points This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Intricate aromas of vanilla, cedar, powdered chocolate, pipe tobacco and black cherry lead to focused, layered fruit and barrel flavors that show persistence.

Dunham 2011 Lewis Estate Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $75 91 points This wine pops with aromas of blue and black fruit, vanilla, orange peel and cocoa. The palate is full of restrained, supple-feeling cranberry and cherry flavors that draw out on the finish.

Dunham 2013 Three Legged Red Blend Washington $19 90 points The bouquet offers intriguing aromas of berry, black olive, vanilla and other barrel spices. The chocolate and cherry flavors are elegant, soft and creamy in feel, showing a pleasing sense of balance. A delicious and attractive red that’s drinkable now.

Efeste 2012 Jolie Bouche Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $44 94 points This exuberant wine has aromas of raspberry jam, thyme, orange peel, earth, iron and olive. It’s rich and intensely flavorful, with waves of mouthwatering fruit and savory notes that lead to an extended finish.

Efeste 2012 Emmy Red Blend Wahluke Slope $45 92 points Mourvèdre (81%) makes up the majority of this blend with Grenache (12%) and Syrah filling it out. It leans into savory notes, with aromas of sage, dried herbs, white pepper and mineral. The flavors are plush and palate-coating, bringing a slightly tacky feel that softens over time. It will be best after 2019.

Efeste 2012 Eléni Syrah Yakima Valley $54 92 points Still in its shell, this wine reveals aromas of violets, black licorice, tar, crushed granite and dark fruit with a bit of coaxing in the glass. It’s full bodied, with tart, tangy fruit flavors that need time to stretch their legs. Drink after 2020.
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Efeste 2012 Ceidleigh Syrah Red Mountain $39 91 points This offers a surprisingly savory look at this sun-drenched appellation, with aromas of smoke, mineral and Kalamata olives. The cherry flavors are full bodied with a palate-coating, slightly tacky feel that smooths out over time.

Efeste 2013 Sauvage Boushey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $25 90 points This warm-vintage wine is aromatically generous with notes of toast, lemon, citrus oil and guava. It’s light yet rich, with a plush feel and a tart finish.

Efeste 2013 Feral Evergreen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Ancient Lakes $20 90 points A lively offering—it practically screams out for oysters—this wine brings aromas of talc, flowers and white and pink grapefruit. It’s fleshy in feel, with racy, puckering acidity that draws out the finish.

Eight Bells 2012 8 Clones Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $32 92 points Blended with 4% Viognier and 1% Grenache, this fragrant offering displays aromas of fresh flowers, herbs, green olive, huckleberry and smoked meat. The palate is ripe and fruit-forward, a bit balled up in the middle right now but showing a pleasing sense of purity with length to match. Give it time to come into its own.

Estrin 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $30 87 points Most of the fruit for this wine comes from Riverbend Vineyard. Cocoa, dark coffee, plum, tire rubber and green herb aromas are followed by black fruit flavors with lightly grainy tannins.

Estrin 2012 Tre Aris Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points Near equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (14%), this wine is aromatically reserved, with notes of tire rubber, parsley, coffee and exotic spices. It’s supple in feel, filled with coffee and cherry flavors. There’s plenty interesting going on but the aromas and flavors seem disconnected.

Eufloria 2014 Aromatic Blend White Blend Washington $12 88 points A unique blend of Pinot Gris, Muscat, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, it is—as its name suggests—quite floral, along with notes of lychee and white grapefruit. It drinks off dry, with a medium-bodied feel. Citrus and spice flavors carry through the finish. Best Buy

Fall Line 2012 Artz Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $35 92 points This wine is Cabernet Franc and Merlot with just a smidgeon (4%) of Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. It provides aromas of earth, high-toned dried herbs, licorice, black cherry and crushed granite. The dark fruit flavors are densely packed, surrounded by firms tannins. Drink after 2020. Cellar Selection


Fall Line 2012 Red Willow Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $35 91 points Cabernet Franc (36%) and Merlot (35%) make up the majority of this blend, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s locked-up at present with high-toned aromas of dried herbs and flowers along with cranberry and cherry. The dense, dark cherry flavors and firm, chalky tannins are tightly coiled, needing significant time to unwind. It will be best after 2019.

Fall Line 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $30 91 points Aromas of blackberry and raspberry liqueur meld with high-toned herbs and barrel spices on this blend of Artz, Boushey and Red Willow vineyards. The flavors are rich and pack a hefty punch, with grainy tannins backing it all up.

Fall Line 2012 Exhibition Red Blend Yakima Valley $22 88 points This wine is a blend of Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (26%), Petit Verdot (21%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Tempranillo. Aromas of red fruit, herbs, pencil eraser and tobacco are followed by full-feeling red and black fruit flavors backed by grainy tannins.

Fielding Hills 2012 Estate Riverbend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $44 93 points Still in its shell, this wine has aromas of cocoa, vanilla, spice and dark cherries, showing a mixture of fruit and barrel. The flavors are dense, concentrated and opulent, revealing multiple layers and a hedonistic styling.

Fielding Hills 2012 Estate Riverbend Vineyard Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope $30 91 points Appealing aromas of coffee, cherry, vanilla, woodspice, mesquite and herbs lead to concentrated, rich cherry and chocolate flavors that linger. It’s drinking well now but also should have a long life ahead of it in the cellar.

Fielding Hills 2012 Estate Riverbend Vineyard Merlot Wahluke Slope $36 91 points Lighter in color, this has aromas of char, coffee and vanilla that lead to varietal flavors of raspberry and chocolate, showing an interplay of fruit and barrel. It displays intensity and richness, still needing time to stretch its legs. Drink after 2018.

Fielding Hills 2012 Tribute Red Blend Wahluke Slope $32 91 points This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah has aromas of cocoa, baking spice, green wood, plum and black cherry. It’s concentrated and richly flavored, with layers of dark fruit, coffee and mesquite. Firm tannins lead to a warm finish.

Fielding Hills 2012 Riverbend Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $38 91 points Baking spice, vanilla and abundant coffee aromas lead to rich but well-balanced red and black fruit flavors. It brings plenty of appeal along with lots of hang time on the finish.

Figgins 2012 Estate Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $85 94 points Closed-up at present, this aromatic brooder has notes of red and black fruit, scorched earth and herbs, along with a floral top note. It has a mountain-fruit profile of firm, chewy tannins, tart acids and dense flavors. Time in the cellar is required to fully appreciate it. Let it be until at least 2020 but it should have a good 15 years beyond that. Cellar Selection

Figgins 2014 Riesling Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points This is a vibrantly aromatic wine with notes of green apple, peach, flowers, wet stone and star fruit. It drinks dry with lively acidity and a rich mouthfeel while still retaining its deftness. Editor’s Choice

Finn Hill 2012 Merveille Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley $30 90 points Aromas of coffee, herbs, dark fruit and barrel spices lead on this 100% varietal wine. The palate shows an interplay of fruit and barrel (all new French) with the tannins needing some time to stretch their legs.

Finn Hill 2012 Bien Fait Merlot Columbia Valley $30 87 points All varietal from Gamache Vineyard, this wine offers aromas of assorted barrel spices (100% new French) and dark fruit, seeming quite closed at present. The palate is also dominated by barrel flavors. It’s possible more time will knit fruit and barrel together.

Finn Hill 2014 Blondie Rosé of Sangiovese Red Mountain $20 86 points This wine is light cherry-red in color, showing some bricking. Strawberry, bubble gum and orange-peel aromas are followed by off-dry flavors with a broad feel.

For a Song 2012 Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $14 89 points Brooding aromas of dates, herbs and cherry lead to full-bodied coffee and pit-fruit flavors that show a sense of balance and finesse. Best Buy

For a Song 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $14 89 points This appealing offering has aromas of smoke, char, coffee and berry. It shows a sense of restraint and elegance while still displaying depth and balance to the lingering dark fruit and savory flavors. Best Buy

For a Song 2013 Caliche Lake Vineyard Riesling Ancient Lakes $11 88 points Vibrant aromas of honeysuckle, honey-drizzled peach and green apple lead to medium-sweet stone-fruit flavors. Pair it with a spicy Thai dish. Best Buy

French Creek 2012 Estate Grown Block 10 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $34 91 points This wine charms with its aromas of freshly brewed coffee, high cacao chocolate, spice and blue and black fruit. It’s restrained in style but with plenty of depth and length to the silky fruit and barrel flavors.

French Creek 2011 Wente Clone Old Vine Chardonnay Yakima Valley $26 88 points Lees aromas dominate on this wine along with almond butter, corn husk and spice. It’s weighty in feel with abundant green apple, lees and cereal flavors leading to a lingering finish. The style gets a bit out in front of the variety but there’s plenty of interest to be had.

French Creek 2012 Wente Clone Old Vine Chardonnay Yakima Valley $26 87 points Aromas of lees, honeycomb, butter and biscuit are followed by full-bodied flavors with lees notes dominating. It’s a stylistic expression of the variety.

Full Pull & Friends 2008 WWBDX Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $34 92 points This wine is a joy to drink with its aromas and flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, herbs and cherry. The opulently styled flavors are rich but well balanced, with chewy tannins backing it all up. It’s irresistible. Editor’s Choice

Full Pull & Friends 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $34 91 points With aromas reminiscent of moist soil after a summer rain, this wine also offers notes of dark coffee, cola cherry, black licorice and herbs. It’s tightly wound, with dark fruit and coffee flavors and a hyperextended finish. Its best days are still in front of it.

Full Pull & Friends 2012 Syrah-Grenache Columbia Valley $34 90 points A fifty-fifty blend of the two varieties, it starts out reduced then displays evolving aromas of raspberry, herb, cranberry, cocoa and plum, taking some time to get going. The fruit flavors are rich and generous with a lingering finish.

Gamache 2010 Nicolas Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 91 points Cabernet Sauvignon makes up half of this blend from Gamache and Champoux vineyards, with the balance Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Coffee, vanilla, herb and cherry aromas lead to dark-fruit and barrel-spice flavors that linger. The wood is up front but plenty of good things are going on.

Gamache 2011 Estate Grown Syrah Columbia Valley $30 88 points Cranberry, blueberry, vanilla and milk chocolate aromas are at the fore. It’s silky in feel with a reserved styling.

Golden Ridge 2012 Estate Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $29 89 points The oak is primary at present, with aromas of vanilla and cocoa out in front of herbs, plum and cherry. Palate-coating dark fruit flavors are full bodied and sweet, supported by dry tannins.

Gordon Estate 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 87 points The volatiles are quite amped up on this wine, along with aromas of cola, dried cherries and cranberries. The dark cherry flavors are sweet and rich showing persistence.

Gramercy Cellars 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $85 95 points The winery’s first reserve-level Cabernet, this is pure Cabernet from the Phinny Hill (60%) and Bacchus vineyards. It offers heady aromas of dried herbs, black currant, cherry, tobacco and graphite. The flavors are tightly wound, immediately accessible but fleshing out and ramping up in intensity after several days open. It shows impeccable acid and tannin balance and has a long life ahead of it. Best from 2020–2032. Cellar Selection

Hedges Family Estate 2012 La Haute Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $120 91 points All Cabernet Sauvignon coming from Hedges Estate and Magdelena vineyards, this is aromatically locked up on first pour, with notes of herbs, flowers, bittersweet chocolate and earth. The dark fruit flavors are tightly wound, needing hours of decanting or days open to show themselves but plenty of charms are revealed.

Hedges Family Estate 2012 Estate Grown and Bottled Red Blend Red Mountain $26 91 points Aromas of herb, cedar, mushroom, anise and cherry are reserved on this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend. It’s supple in feel, with well-balanced dark-fruit flavors and tart acidity that draws out the finish.

Hedges Family Estate 2013 House of Independent Producers Sagemoor Farms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $17 89 points This wine is unmistakably Cabernet with its aromas of olive, herb and cherry along with whiffs of game. The palate shows a mixture of fruit and savory elements with a restrained styling and a finish that lingers.

Hedges Family Estate NV House of Independent Producers Bacchus Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley $17 89 points The dried herb, currant and woodspice aromas provide intrigue. Flavors offer a mouthful of fruit with balance, intensity and length that convinces.

Hedges Family Estate 2012 C.M.S. Red Blend Columbia Valley $15 88 points Half Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot along with just a smidgeon (6%) of Syrah, this wine provides aromas of smoke, plum, herbs and black currant. The flavors are broad and generous, with an appealing texture and a finish that lingers.

Hedges Family Estate 2012 Anne Marie Liegeois Hedges Cuvée Marcel Dupont Les Gosses Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $26 88 points Aromas of cedar, herb, fennel and dried cherry lead to tart, reserved fruit flavors. It’s an intriguing wine with one foot planted in the Old World and another in the New.

Hedges Family Estate 2013 House of Independent Producers Dionysus Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $17 87 points Aromas of peach, mineral, candle wax and fennel lead to medium-bodied, textured flavors. There’s a pleasing sense of tension between the fruit and acid.

Hedges Family Estate 2014 C.M.S. Unoaked White Wine Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $15 86 points The aromas of apple, herb and mineral are light yet provocative. It’s rounded in feel, with the Chardonnay (10%) and Marsanne (4%) in the blend providing additional heft and a finish that lingers. It doesn’t seem entirely varietal but offers plenty of enjoyment.

Hogue 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 90 points Aromas of cocoa, dark berries, leather and vanilla are followed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors backed by grainy tannins. It delivers a lot of fruit intensity and enjoyment.

Hogue 2012 Genesis Red Blend Columbia Valley $16 89 points This blend is 39% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Aromas of herbs, coffee, spice and dark fruit are backed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors, with some grit to the tannins.

Hogue 2014 Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley $10 88 points This wine is still settling in, with tiny bubbles coating the glass. The aromas of spice, flowers and lychee are vibrant and the palate drinks dry, showing plenty of richness and intensity. Best Buy

Hogue 2012 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley $30 87 points The aromas on this wine lean into the green, with notes of herbs, cedar and woodspice that seem somewhat at odds with the variety. The supple flavors show a mixture of intensity and restraint.

Hogue 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $10 87 points This straightforward, very varietal wine has aromas of grass, kiwi, herb, citrus peel and pineapple. It’s medium bodied, with tart, lively flavors that put a focus on elegance and acid expression. Best Buy

Hogue 2014 Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley $10 86 points Subdued aromas of red apple and melon are followed by a dry, medium-bodied palate with a tart, drawn-out finish. Best Buy

Hogue 2012 Genesis Syrah Columbia Valley $16 86 points Pepper, herb and dark fruit aromas lead to silky-feeling fruit and savory flavors. It doesn’t stand up on its own but should fit in nicely at the dinner table.

Hogue 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $10 85 points This is a fruit-forward wine, with aromas of red and black currant and herbs with a spice top note. The flavors are sweet and tangy, going down easy. Best Buy

Hogue 2014 Riesling Yakima Valley $11 85 points Aromas are surprisingly light for the variety, with notes of lime leaf and pear. It drinks off dry, with a lightly spritzy feel.

Idilico 2012 Reserva Upland Vineyard Graciano Snipes Mountain $30 92 points This wine captivates with its exotic aroma profile of citrus peel, mango, leather, cranberries and pepper. The acid is bright and it possesses a textured, palate-coating mouthfeel and a long finish that demands attention.

Inconceivable 2012 After the Floods Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $25 86 points Starting out reductive, this wine has aromas of wet copper penny, fresh herbs, woodspice and dark fruit. The coffee and black fruit flavors are high octane, seeming out of balance.

Kerloo 2013 Art Den Hoed Vineyard Mourvèdre Yakima Valley $32 92 points This single-vineyard, 100% varietal wine explodes with aromas of freshly ground black pepper, thyme, violets and black cherries. The flavors are supremely pure and transparent, with little apparent new-oak influence and a captivating sense of texture. Editor’s Choice

Kerloo 2013 Majestic Grenache Columbia Valley $26 91 points A blend of Grenache from Angiolina Farm and Upland vineyards along with 22% StoneTree Mourvèdre, this wine offers aromas of violets, raspberry, plum and assorted herbs. The plum and dark raspberry flavors are pure, ripe and full while retaining a pleasing sense of balance. The complexity only increases with some additional time open.

Kerloo 2013 Upland Vineyard Syrah Snipes Mountain $48 91 points There’s a vibrant purity to this wine with its aromas and flavors of boysenberry, green olive, wet gravel and smoked meat, with the Viognier blended in (8%) only adding to its perfume. It coats the palate with a plush but still light and lively texture backed by a zing of tart acidity.

Kestrel 2012 Winemaker’s Select Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $40 88 points Varietal aromas of fresh and dried herbs, flowers and cherries mix with tar, chocolate and barrel spices. The palate displays a reserved styling and a lingering finish.

Kestrel 2012 Winemaker’s Select Series Malbec Yakima Valley $40 88 points All varietal from the winery’s vineyard, this bottling offers aromas of toast, tar, dark fruit and spice. It’s reserved in style with plum and spice flavors that narrow around the edges.

Kestrel 2011 Winemaker’s Select Mourvèdre Yakima Valley $40 88 points Fruit and barrel mix together on this lightly colored wine with aromas of coffee, herb, woodspice and pepper. The cherry flavors are reserved in style, pulling up toward the finish.

Kestrel 2011 Falcon Series Tribute Red Blend Yakima Valley $22 87 points This wine is a kitchen-sink-style blend with Merlot and Syrah in the lead. It has aromas of herb, tire rubber, vanilla and dark fruit. The fruit flavors are tart and supple in feel with a lingering finish.

Kestrel 2012 Winemakers Select Series Co-ferment Syrah Yakima Valley $40 87 points Perfumed aromas of flowers, dates, maple and dark berries lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors that narrow on the finish.

Kestrel 2014 Old Vine Chardonnay Yakima Valley $17 86 points This wine comes from the oldest Chardonnay vines in the state, planted in 1972. Opulent aromas of ripe peach and tropical fruit lead to sweet but lighter-styled fruit flavors. It’s a pleasing, varietally correct wine that goes down easy.

Kestrel 2012 Signature Petit Verdot Yakima Valley $50 86 points After starting out quite reduced, this wine offers aromas of vanilla, barrel spices, flowers and earth. The flavors show a lot of restraint for the variety but the reduction is hard to get around.

Kiona 2014 Estate Bottled Ice Wine Chenin Blanc Red Mountain $25 93 points The aromas draw you in with notes of kiwi, pineapple and mango. Brown sugar and tropical fruit flavors are intensely sweet and rich, with an unctuous feel.

Kiona 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $25 91 points Despite the Columbia Valley label this is all Red Mountain, old-vine Merlot from the winery’s estate vineyard. Raspberry, mocha, clove and spice aromas lead to supple, understated fruit flavors and an extended finish. It’s a perfect example of what makes this variety special in Washington.

Kiona 2014 Estate Bottled Riesling Red Mountain $15 87 points This bottling utilizes fruit from the winery’s original 1975 plantings. Aromas of jasmine, flowers and lime lead to off dry, lightly spritzy stone-fruit flavors that linger.

Kirkland Signature 2013 Signature Series Red Blend Columbia Valley $17 90 points A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is aromatically brooding, with notes of pencil lead, barrel spice, herb, medicine cabinet and cherry. The flavors are rich and full bodied, showing concentration and depth.

Lawrelin 2002 Syrah Columbia Valley $42 93 points This project aimed to show how well Washington wines can age and the proof is in the bottle. Aromas are complex, with notes of dried cranberry, cherry, leather, black tea, cocoa and mushroom. The palate is packed with rich fruit flavors that show no signs of slowing down. It flat-out impresses. Editor’s Choice

Lawrelin 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $48 91 points No, that vintage is not a typo. This winery holds back its wines for an extended time prior to release. It’s in full bloom with aromas of coffee, dried cherry, flowers, leather and black tea. The black fruit flavors are still fresh and lively, showing concentration and detail. Drink now.

Leonetti Cellar 2012 Reserve Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $150 94 points Just over 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Malbec (10%), Petit Verdot (8%) and Merlot, this wine offers brooding but well-delineated aromas and flavors of blackberry, dried flowers, black tea, herbs, earth, barrel spices and light meaty notes. It’s packed tightly with firm tannins and also shows great length. Drink 2022–2028. Cellar Selection

Leonetti Cellar 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $95 93 points This wine dazzles with detailed aromas of black currant, plum, herbs, cassis and earth along with barrel accents. The palate is wound up tightly at present but still accessible with layered, seamless fruit flavors along with a lengthy finish. It will be best enjoyed from 2022–2030. Cellar Selection

Leonetti Cellar 2012 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley $65 93 points The first vintage to see Aglianico (8%) blended in, this wine brings aromas and flavors of leather, sour cherry, earth and flowers. Seeing only neutral puncheons and oval botti, it’s fresh and focused, coating the palate with textured fruit flavors brightened by tart acids and backed by firm tannins. It’s both appealing and serious. Editor’s Choice

Leonetti Cellar 2013 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $75 92 points A blend of fruit from Loess, Mill Creek Upland and Leonetti Old Block, this standout wine opens with alluring aromas of dark chocolate, raspberries, blueberries, sandalwood and assorted spices. The palate is plush and fruit-filled but with well-balanced acidity and impressive length.

Les Trouvés 2013 Vin de Table Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 91 points The inaugural release from this négociant winery is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. The aromas pop with notes of black pepper, marionberry and herbes de provence. Flavors are fleshy and fruit-forward with a snap of acidity that pulls it all together. Editor’s Choice

Locus 2012 Stonetree Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $25 90 points Cocoa, vanilla and baking spice aromas lead off this wine, along with plum. On the palate rich, textured dark fruit flavors intermingle with barrel spices. The fruit and oak have equal footing.

Locus 2013 Syrah-Grenache Yakima Valley $23 88 points Aromas of candied strawberries, plums and herbs lead the way on this blend, followed by coffee and vanilla accents. It’s medium bodied with a dry, lightly astringent feel.

Locus 2014 Dineen Vineyard Semillon Yakima Valley $15 84 points This wine starts out quite reductive but opens to reveal aromas of fig and citrus. It drinks off dry, with the flavors seeming dilute.

Lone Birch 2013 Red Blend Yakima Valley $13 85 points This blend holds Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aromas of fresh herbs, jalapeño peppers and cherries lead to medium-bodied cherry and raspberry flavors backed by soft tannins.

Maison Bleue 2012 Voyageur Syrah Walla Walla Valley $55 93 points With the fruit coming from Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills and Yellow Jacket vineyards, this winery’s inaugural Walla Walla Valley release displays complex aromas of coffee, smoked meat, mineral, blueberries, violets and licorice. The dark coffee flavors are concentrated and dense, coming in waves and leading to an extended finish.

Maison Bleue 2012 Bourgeois Grenache Columbia Valley $50 92 points A blend of fruit from Boushey, Ciel du Cheval and Seven Hills vineyards, this wine opens with aromas of plum, Asian spices, licorice, dark fruit and light barrel spices. The palate is rich, full bodied and velvety, with abundant coffee flavors and a mesmerizing sense of texture.

Maison Bleue 2012 Métis Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 92 points A blend of Syrah (70%), Grenache (25%) and Mourvèdre, this tantalizing wine offers a near endless list of aromatic descriptors, from white pepper to smoked meat, currant, mineral, licorice, coffee and dried herbs, seeming to evolve with each swirl. The palate is layered and rich with plum, pomegranate and lingering dark fruit flavors. It drinks best at a cool 62 degrees.

Maison Bleue 2014 Lisette Rosé of Grenache Columbia Valley $20 90 points A pretty pale-salmon color, this wine offers appealing aromas of orange peel, strawberry and wet stone. The palate is dry, crisp and clean with mouthwatering acids, a beautiful sense of texture and a lingering finish. It’s thoroughly delicious.

Maryhill 2013 Winemaker’s Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 86 points The aromas of basil, blueberry and char aren’t entirely in harmony on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The fruit flavors come together better, sweet and palate-coating with a pleasing intensity.

Maryhill 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $17 85 points Baking spice, vanilla, dill and cherry aromas lead to a mixture of barrel and fruit flavors, with the oak tannins bringing a sense of astringency.

Mercer 2012 Dead Canyon Vineyard Reserve Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $40 90 points This wine intrigues with its aromas of flowers, blue fruit, pepper and toffee. It’s pleasantly sleek in style, well balanced and approachable now, with a finish that lingers.

Mercer 2014 Pinot Gris Yakima Valley $13 89 points This wine brings a whole lot of appeal with its fresh, lively but rich pear and melon flavors. The balance is spot-on and the flavors linger. Best Buy

Mercer 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $13 88 points This has lively, very varietal aromas of kiwi, grass and pineapple. The palate is fleshy in feel with rich fruit flavors, tart acids and a Key lime finish. Best Buy

Mercer 2014 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Rosé Horse Heaven Hills $13 87 points Made entirely from Grenache, this wine is a pretty pale-salmon color. It drinks off dry, with strawberry flavors and well-balanced acidity, showing some warmth on the finish.

Mercer 2014 Culloden Vineyard Viognier Horse Heaven Hills $13 87 points Aromas of peach, nectarine and pear lead to dry, fleshy stone-fruit flavors that decline toward the finish.

Mercer 2014 Riesling Yakima Valley $13 86 points This is an aromatic wine, with notes of peach, pear, soda water and apricot. It drinks off dry, with abundant stone-fruit flavors throughout.

Milbrandt 2012 Sentinel Red Blend Wahluke Slope $55 91 points Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) makes up the majority of this wine along with Merlot (23%), Malbec (5%) and Petit Verdot. It’s aromatically brooding, with notes of black fruit, toffee, moist soil and a floral top note. The palate pulls few punches with its rich, high-octane flavors and firm tannins but manages to keep it all in balance.

Milbrandt 2012 The Estates Northridge Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 91 points No punches are pulled on this hedonistic wine with its aromas and flavors of blackberry, chocolate and barrel spice. It’s rich and high octane but maintains a sense of balance.

Milbrandt 2013 The Estates Ancient Lakes Riesling Ancient Lakes $19 90 points This wine is immediately appealing with vibrant aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle, white peach and wet stone. It drinks off dry, with a fleshy feel and drawn-out fruit flavors that linger.

Milbrandt 2012 The Estates Clifton Hill Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 89 points This power-packed wine leads with aromas of raspberries, blackberries, dark chocolate and herbs. The dark fruit flavors are high octane, showing some warmth on the finish.

Milbrandt 2012 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $26 88 points With fruit mostly from Northridge Vineyard along with Katherine Leone and Clifton Hill, this wine displays aromas of herbs, vanilla, mocha and green wood. Coffee and cherry flavors are sweet and high octane with light squeeze of tannins.

Milbrandt 2012 Traditions Merlot Columbia Valley $17 88 points Coming from vineyards scattered across the Wahluke Slope, this immediately charming wine has aromas of mocha, coffee, plum, herbs and assorted barrel spices. The sweet blue fruit flavors are soft and bring plenty of appeal.

Milbrandt 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $13 88 points This sleekly styled wine displays aromas of citrus peel, green apple and Bosc pear. The citrus flavors are lightly spritzy, bringing a sense of lightness and freshness. It’s perfect for a summer day. Best Buy

Milbrandt 2014 Traditions Rosé Columbia Valley $13 86 points This pale-pink wine is a blend of Syrah and Sangiovese. Aromas of herbs, cranberry, cherry and grass lead to off-dry fruit flavors and a sour-cherry finish. There are good things going on but the sugar seems distracting.

Mosquito Fleet 2012 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $32 90 points Dried leaf, cherry, woodspice and medicinal aromas are followed by supple, sweet cherry flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins and a tart lick of acid. It’s an intriguing wine that keeps you coming back for more.

Mosquito Fleet 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $39 88 points Aromas of vanilla extract, cocoa and fruit leather lead to full-feeling cherry, woodspice and barrel flavors. Mocha and cherry flavors show a good balance that carries through the finish.

Native Sun 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $65 91 points All varietal coming from Heart of the Hill Vineyard, this brooding wine offers aromas of dark coffee, cherry, bittersweet chocolate, clove and assorted barrel spices (80% new French). It’s classically styled with reserved, almost elegant fruit flavors, bright acid and firm tannins that need time in the cellar to soften. Best after 2020.

Newhouse Family 2013 Cottontop Aligoté Snipes Mountain $36 87 points This rare bottling of this variety displays aromas of pear and spice along with whiffs of tropical fruit. It’s on the lighter side of medium bodied with a creamy, slightly unctuous feel.

No Girls 2012 La Paciencia Vineyard Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley $75 95 points This wine stops you in your tracks with its aromas of earth, peat, fire pit, tapenade and coffee. The flavors are outrageously rich, dense and textured, with a lightly tacky feel to the tannins and a hyperextended finish. It’s a knockout.

Nodland 2012 Bad Attitude Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $15 87 points Aromas of freshly cut green pepper, herbs, cherry and dark chocolate pop on this lightly colored wine. It’s high octane with lighter-styled cherry flavors.

Northstar 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $41 91 points The fruit for this 100% varietal wine comes from Cold Creek, Klipsun and Anna Marie vineyards. Herb, dark fruit, toast and raspberry aromas lead to tightly wound fruit flavors with a buttery top note. Its best days await. Enjoy after 2018.

Northstar 2011 Premier Merlot Columbia Valley $85 91 points The third vintage of this wine is 100% varietal, with the fruit coming from Stone Tree, Cold Creek and Beverly vineyards. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, clove, dark plum and spice lead to concentrated, layered but still elegant fruit flavors.

Owen Roe 2013 DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $48 93 points This wine displays a fascinating aroma profile of lees, lemon and custard. There’s a real sense of vibrancy and energy in its creamy texture, with lively acidity drawing out the fruit tones. The balance is spot-on with outrageous length. Editor’s Choice

Owen Roe 2012 DuBrul Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $NA 92 points Aromas of herbs, dates and licorice lead to reserved, silky-feeling flavors that show multiple layers and detail on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (59%), Merlot (26%) and Cabernet Franc. It’s only ramps up with additional time in the glass.

Owen Roe 2012 Union Gap Red Blend Yakima Valley $85 92 points This wine is 45% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 11% Malbec. It charms with alluring aromas of herbs, black licorice, cassis and coffee. The palate has a creamy, rich feel with abundant black fruit flavors and exceptional tannin integration.

Owen Roe 2012 Red Willow Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $NA 91 points Coffee, black fruit and fresh and dried herbs take the lead on this blend of Cabernet Franc (38%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) and Merlot. The cherry and dark chocolate flavors are reserved in style, with lightly chalky tannins providing the frame.

Owen Roe 2014 Sinister Hand Red Blend Yakima Valley $24 90 points The first release of this wine to carry a Yakima Valley designation, this blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault leaps up with aromas of fresh raspberries, plum, garrigue and pepper along with light barrel accents. The elegant flavors show a striking sense of freshness and purity that keep you coming back for more.

Pacific Rim 2012 Noble Wine Selenium Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley $55 90 points This botrytized wine came from 2011 vintage grapes that were not harvested until February 2012. A light-golden color, it’s bright with aromas of dried apples, pears and flowers. It’s sweet (170g/L residual sugar) but not weighty, retaining a sense of lightness and elegance.

Pacific Rim 2014 Spring Creek Ranch Grüner Veltliner Yakima Valley $16 89 points Aromas of white pepper, herbs and grass lead to bone-dry flavors and tart acidity. It doesn’t quite stand on its own but should perk up nicely at the dinner table.

Pacific Rim 2014 Twin Vineyards Gewürztraminer Yakima Valley $16 88 points A perfumed wine, this leaps up with aromas of white flowers, ginger and lychee. It drinks off dry, with a viscous, almost oily feel that provides a sense of heft.

Pacific Rim 2014 Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley $11 88 points Orange rind, flower and botrytis aromas lead to medium-sweet peach and honey flavors. There’s plenty of sugar but the acid balances it out. Best Buy

Pacific Rim 2013 Selenium Vineyard Ice Wine Riesling Yakima Valley $55 88 points Ice wines are a rarity in Washington. This one offers aromas of orange peel, flowers and candied ginger, seeming to show a touch of oxygen exposure. It’s sweet (155g/L residual sugar) but is still quite deft in style.

Pendulum 2013 Red Blend Columbia Valley $16 89 points Cabernet Sauvignon (59%) leads the way on this wine followed by Merlot (23%), Syrah (11%) and Malbec. Vanilla, plum, herb and wood aromas lead to soft, sweet fruit flavors that bring appeal.

Poet's Leap 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $20 90 points This warm-vintage wine is more aromatically reticent than recent vintages, with notes of stone fruit, slate and mineral. It drinks a hair off dry, with depth to the lightly spritzy fruit flavors and razor-sharp acidity.

Pomum Cellars 2012 Shya Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $40 90 points Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon along with 10% each Merlot and Petit Verdot, this wine displays aromas of dried and fresh herbs, flowers, black tea, dark chocolate and cherry. The fruit and savory flavors are sweet and supple, backed by tightly coiled tannins that need time to unwind.

Pomum Cellars 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $35 88 points This wine starts out quite reductive, while also showing aromas of black olive, herbs and chocolate. It’s full bodied in feel with abundant dark fruit flavors that show persistence. There are good things here but the aromas and flavors seem disconnected.

Pomum Cellars 2012 Tinto Tempranillo Columbia Valley $35 88 points Aromas of coffee, herb and matchstick lead to full-feeling coffee and cherry flavors backed by lightly chewy tannins. There are good things going on but they don’t quite come together. More time in the bottle might unite them.

Purple Star 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $18 90 points Aromas of berry, coffee, herbs and smoke lead to dark fruit flavors with a layered, supple feel. It’s a good find at this price.

Purple Star 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $18 89 points Café au lait, spice, cherry, herb and chocolate aromas lead to silky, plump, dark fruit flavors. It provides a combination of quality and value.

Purple Star 2013 Riesling Ancient Lakes $12 86 points Though not labeled as such, this is a single-vineyard offering from Two Gun Vineyard. Moderate aromas of peach, apricot and green apple are followed by medium-sweet flavors that provide easy drinking pleasure.

Purple Star 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Ancient Lakes $12 85 points Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and herb lead to just off-dry flavors with a lightly creamy feel.

Quilceda Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $140 95 points All Cabernet from Champoux, Klipsun, Palengat and Wallula vineyards, this wine offers aromas of blackberry, incense, blueberry, pencil lead and barrel spices. On the palate, it’s tightly wound with black fruit flavors and a firm backbone of tannins. The oak is primary right now. It needs extended time in the cellar to show itself fully, and will be best from 2022–2030. Cellar Selection

Rasa 2012 Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $95 93 points Aromas of sage, espresso and green, savory herbs are at the fore on this lightly colored blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the fruit notes in the background. The coffee and cherry flavors are elegant yet rich, with an outrageously long, expressive finish. It’s all about subtlety, refinement and detail with plenty of each but needing some time for them all to meld together.

Rasa 2012 Living in the Limelight Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $55 93 points This rare single-vineyard, single-varietal offering of Petit Verdot has brooding aromas of high-toned flowers, fresh herbs, cherry and coffee. It’s full bodied but doesn’t overwhelm with its brawny, well-integrated tannins, reserved fruit flavors, bright acid and long finish. Editor’s Choice

Rasa 2012 Principia Reserve Syrah Walla Walla Valley $85 93 points Not yet fully open, this blend of Les Collines and Seven Hills vineyard fruit has high-toned aromas of violets, sage, toffee and black plums. The feel is supple, showing depth and detail to the dark fruit flavors along with exceptional length. It’s all about subtlety and elegance.

Rasa 2012 In Order to Form a More Perfect Union Red Blend Columbia Valley $95 92 points The oak (70% new puncheons) is primary at present on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aromas of vanilla, café au lait and woodspice are out in front of cherry and herbs. The palate shows nuance, detail and length. It needs time in the cellar to come together. Best after 2020. Cellar Selection

Rasa 2012 QED Axiom of Choice Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $35 92 points Aromas of dried herbs and leaves, tree bark and espresso lead to soft, polished cherry and chocolate flavors and a lengthy finish. The refinement and detail are captivating. Editor’s Choice

Rasa 2012 Plus One Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $75 92 points Light aromas of basil and thyme mix with coffee, cherry and vanilla. The palate is all about elegance and detail with drawn-out fruit flavors, chewy tannins and tart acids. Just a baby now, this wine has a long life in front of it. It will be best from 2020–2025. Cellar Selection

Rasa 2013 Dream Deferred Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $45 92 points A light golden color, this wine offers aromas of honeycomb, white peach and prickly pear. The tropical flavors are ripe yet elegant, with a creamy, rich feel that leads to an extended finish. Editor’s Choice

Rasa 2012 QED Convergence Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 91 points This blend features Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier. The oak (30 months in 20% new French) is primary right now, with aromas of vanilla bean and coffee along with dark berry and thistle. It’s supple in feel with a long finish. Additional time in the bottle should serve it well.

Rasa 2012 Doctrina Perpetua Syrah Columbia Valley $60 91 points Aromas of coffee, mocha, spice and dark fruit lead to full-bodied, layered fruit and barrel flavors. There’s plenty of power but it doesn’t sacrifice nuance.

Ross Andrew 2014 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris Columbia Gorge $21 90 points Most of the fruit for this wine comes from this vineyard’s 1975 plantings. It brings nuanced aromas of pear and mineral, drinking just a hair off dry, with more than ample acidity to balance out the fleshy flavors. The finish lasts a long time.

Rôtie Cellars 2013 Little G Grenache Washington $65 93 points Pale in color, this 100% Grenache has arresting, complex aromas of candied strawberries, pomegranate, herbs, plum and orange peel. The red fruit and savory flavors are sweet and generous, showing an exquisite sense of purity and richness. It’s a knee-buckler but all about delicacy and restraint. Editor’s Choice

Rôtie Cellars 2013 Northern Blend Syrah Walla Walla Valley $48 92 points Aromas of flowers, orange peel, earth and plum lead to a richly flavorful, layered, silky palate with abundant fruit, savory flavors and a long finish. The flavors and texture command attention.

Rôtie Cellars 2014 Grenache Blanc Washington $32 89 points This is an up-and-coming variety for Washington and this wine displays why. Hailing from Olsen Vineyard, it’s all about acid and texture, with the sleek starfruit and citrus-peel flavors playing second fiddle. Pair it with shellfish.

Ryan Patrick 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $40 88 points All of the fruit for this wine comes from Clifton Hill Vineyard. Aromas seem a bit green and woody while the high-octane flavors are rich but don’t have the structure to stand them up.

Sagelands 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $10 85 points Light aromas of herbs, woodspice, tire rubber and red fruit lead to jammy raspberry and spice flavors that provide easy drinking pleasure. Best Buy

Savage Grace 2014 Copeland Vineayard Cabernet Franc Rattlesnake Hills $26 90 points Herb, dark raspberry and flower aromas take the lead on this young wine that saw just five months on neutral French oak. The cherry flavors are plush in feel, lingering on the finish. It’s a very understated wine that appeals to the senses.

Savage Grace 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $30 90 points Coming from 7 Mile Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, this 100% varietal wine saw only a short time in neutral French oak. That puts the focus on the strawberry preserve and spice aromas from this site. The textured, layered mouthfeel is where this wine truly shines.

Savage Grace 2014 Red Willow Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $20 89 points Coming from a vineyard better known for its reds, this wine is a field blend of eight clones of the variety. It offers aromas of white grapefruit, oyster shells and whiffs of tropical fruit. Flavors are fleshy in feel while retaining tart, citric acidity.

Savage Grace 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $32 89 points All varietal and aged in neutral French oak, this wine offers brooding aromas of coffee, cream and violets. The herb and savory flavors are soft and reserved in feel with a lingering finish.

Savage Grace 2014 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Grüner Veltliner Columbia Gorge $20 88 points Aged in stainless steel and neutral barrels, this wine is all about purity of expression, with aromas of mineral, citrus and white pepper. It’s dry with medium-bodied, acid-driven flavors. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.

Savage Grace 2013 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge $32 88 points Reserved aromas of Rainier cherry, strawberry preserves, herbs and fig lead to plump, silky fruit flavors. It’s a very pretty representation of the vintage.

Seven Falls 2013 Chardonnay Wahluke Slope $20 88 points This wine is direct in its appeal with aromas of butterscotch, peach and pineapple. The flavors are full but retain some sleekness in styling.

Seven Falls 2012 Merlot Wahluke Slope $20 88 points Mocha, vanilla, woodspice and cherry aromas are at the front of this barrel-forward wine. Flavors display a mixture of fruit and barrel, with the latter winning out on the finish. The variety seems a bit lost but it provides plenty of pleasure.

Seven Hills 2012 Pentad Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $75 92 points Two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Carménère, this brooding wine brings aromas of moist soil, herb, black tea, eucalyptus, fig and spice. It’s full in feel, tart and tightly wound with bright acids and chewy tannins—a wine intended for the long haul. Enjoy after 2020.

Seven Hills 2012 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $45 92 points Coffee, herb, cherry, cocoa and barrel-spice aromas draw you into the glass. The palate brings down a velvet hammer with dense, brooding dark cherry flavors backed by tightly wound tannins. It has the stuffing to go the distance. Wait until 2021 or give it a day-long decant. Cellar Selection

Seven Hills 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $45 91 points This is all Cabernet coming from one of the state’s top vineyards. The aromas offer notes of fresh tobacco, red fruit, dried herbs and an assortment of barrel spices. It’s packed with plentiful dark cherry and cranberry flavors that show intensity, finesse and impressive length.

Seven Hills 2013 McClellan Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $35 90 points All varietal, this wine brings aromas of fresh and dried herbs, flowers, tobacco, cocoa and pencil shavings. Ample red fruit flavors are backed by velvety tannins that lead to a spice filled finish.

Seven Hills 2013 McClellan Estate Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points All varietal, this wine offers unique aromas of toast, fig, dried herb and exotic spice. The purple fruit flavors are deft in style with a pleasing sense of balance, length and texture.

Seven Hills 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $25 90 points This directly appealing, 100% varietal wine offers aromas of raspberries, cranberries, fresh tobacco and a touch of spice. The fruit flavors are lush and forward, with soft tannins and a finish that won’t quit. Editor’s Choice

Seven Hills 2013 Old Vines Riesling Columbia Valley $17 88 points The aromas of this jazzy wine disclose lime leaf, white peach and slate. The off-dry flavors of flowers, pear and stone fruit are typical of Washington in their intensity and detail.

Seven Hills 2013 Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley $28 88 points Aromas are quite delicate for the variety and style, with fresh flowers, peach and whiffs of lychee. The palate is similarly restrained, showing elegance with the lightly sweet stone fruit flavors that are accented by bright acidity. It’s all about nuance.

Snoqualmie 2013 Eco Made with Organic Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $13 90 points Dark berry, herb and fig aromas lead to dense, full and palate-coating dark fruit flavors. It checks all the boxes for varietal correctness, concentration and value. Best Buy

Snoqualmie 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $20 86 points The volatiles are amped up on this wine, which also shows notes of medicine cabinet, dried cherry and fruit leather. It’s full of dark cherry flavors with a grainy feel.

Snoqualmie 2014 Made with Organic Grapes Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley $13 83 points The aromas are quite light for the variety, with the off-dry flavors lending some appeal.

Soléna 2010 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $NA 87 points Coming from the cool 2010 vintage, this wine seems a bit overwrought, with aromas of stewed herbs and cherry. The flavors are full bodied, backed by chewy tannins.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Uriah Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 93 points Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up the majority of this wine, along with pinches of Petit Verdot and Malbec. It commands attention with aromas of flowers, herbs, freshly tilled soil, cherry, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is outrageously textured with a hypnotic mouthfeel and a finish that sails into the distance. Far from a blockbuster style, it’s all about elegance and detail. Editors Choice

Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Katherine Corkrum Estate Grown Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $50 93 points The variety is unmistakable on this wine with its aromas of mortared fresh herbs, flowers, dry chocolate and cherry. The flavors show a mixture of lightness, intensity and richness, along with a captivating sense of texture and acidity. Editor’s Choice

Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 92 points Aromas of earth, black cherry, cedar and blackberry precede full-bodied, layered fruit flavors with a long finish. It’s a delicious, no-holds-barred offering of the variety.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Frederick Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 90 points This wine is 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. Aromas of herbs, coffee, barrel spice and cherry are followed by tightly wound tannins and fruit flavors. Give it time to open up.

Stemilt Creek 2011 Caring Passion Estate Grown Tom TK Mathison Merlot Columbia Valley $15 86 points Barrel notes of vanilla, cocoa and dill mix with licorice and red fruit. The flavors are tart with light smoky notes and a firm squeeze of tannins.

Stemilt Creek 2011 Estate Grown Boss Lady Adelaide AJ Mathison Red Blend Columbia Valley $24 86 points Aromas of vanilla extract, cinnamon, fennel and fruit leather predominate on this Syrah and Merlot-dominant blend. The palate shows a surprising amount of richness considering the coolness of the vintage, with baking-spice flavors carrying through the finish.

Stemilt Creek 2011 A Day’s Work Estate Grown Thomas Cyle Mathison Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $26 85 points The oak is at the fore on this wine, with aromas and flavors of vanilla, dill and baking spices in front of cherry and green pepper. The aromas give a sense of some oxygen exposure.

Stemilt Creek NV Sweet Adelaide White Blend Columbia Valley $13 85 points This nonvintage blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc has pleasing aromas of rose petals, pink grapefruit and spice. It drinks sweet with a fleshy feel.

Stottle 2012 Merlot Yakima Valley $28 89 points All Elephant Mountain Vineyard fruit, this wine provides aromas of coffee, red plum and spice. It’s soft and velvety in feel with café au lait flavors that linger.

Stottle 2012 Mourvèdre Columbia Valley $28 89 points Though this wine saw only 35% new French oak, the barrel notes show first, with aromas of vanilla and coffee ahead of the variety’s peppery spices. The palate displays a better sense of balance with plump, elegant cranberry and cherry flavors that linger.

SuLei 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $36 90 points All varietal, this wine offers aromas of cocoa, fresh herbs, cassis, cranberry and licorice. The flavors are sweet and high octane, with an open finish.

SuLei 2014 Roussanne Yakima Valley $22 87 points Aromas of honeysuckle, pear and apple lead to full-bodied, sweet tropical fruit and lees flavors that linger.

SuLei 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $18 86 points This wine starts out reduced, making the aromas of herb and lemongrass a strain to discern. It’s a shame as the flavors show concentration and richness, with some warmth poking through on the finish.

SuLei 2012 Dona Rae Red Blend Columbia Valley $26 85 points A blend of Sangiovese (53%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Merlot, this wine is aromatically locked up with notes of wet copper penny, cherry and herbs. The flavors are soft in feel with the oak seemingly dialed back. With time, the aromas and flavors may join together better.

Syzygy 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $39 91 points This 100% varietal wine comes from Conner Lee, Sagemoor and Klipsun vineyards. Already six years old, it’s near full-bloom with aromas of dates, blackberry pie, dried herbs and spice. The black fruit flavors are full bodied and dense. Drink up.

Tamarack Cellars 2013 Spicebox Red Blend Columbia Valley $28 89 points This wine is 40% each of Grenache and Mourvèdre with the balance Counoise. It’s lighter in color, with aromas of plum, boysenberry, herbs, flowers and peppery spices. It’s palate-coating with silky, sweet fruit flavors that linger.

Tamarack Cellars 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $28 89 points Aromas of sweet plum, leather and spicebox lead to chocolate, coffee and cherry flavors with a soft, supple feel. It shows a pleasing mixture of fruit and barrel.

Tempus Cellars 2012 Sagemoor Reserve Vintage Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 90 points Made with 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc from one of the state’s top vineyards, this wine displays aromas of mocha, herb and dark cherry. The coffee and cherry flavors show a mixture of fruit and barrel (72% new French) that carries through the finish.

Tenet 2013 G-S-M Columbia Valley $70 93 points A blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre, all aged in neutral oak, this wine impresses with alluring aromas of ripe strawberry, clove, blueberry, coffee and spice. Flavors are rich and palate-coating while displaying balance and finesse, with a finish that lingers.

Tenet 2013 The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley $25 91 points This is the inaugural release from this project that pairs Chateau Ste. Michelle with Rhône stars Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie. Coming from a variety of vineyards across the Columbia Valley, it offers aromas of black cherry, smoke, incense and cocoa. The flavors are plush in feel with a finish that lingers—an impressive first offering.

Tertulia 2013 The Great Schism Reserve Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $55 91 points Mostly Grenache and Syrah along with pinches of Cinsault and Mourvèdre, this wine is unmistakably from The Rocks District, with aromas and flavors of earthy funk, coffee, crushed rock, dried herbs, plum and peppery spices. Considering the labeled alcohol level, the flavors are surprisingly sweet and rich, with a lightly tacky feel and a drawn-out finish.

Tertulia 2013 Reserve Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $45 90 points This wine starts out somewhat reductive, followed by aromas of dark coffee, earth and dried herbs. The coffee flavors show good concentration along with a smooth mouthfeel that adds interest.

Tertulia 2010 Redd Brand BDX Red Blend Columbia Valley $15 87 points It’s the Carmenère (14%) that pops first on this Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc-dominant blend. Aromas of braised jalapeno pepper are followed by coffee, vanilla and dark fruit. The coffee and cherry flavors are light, with some grit to the tannins and a warm finish.

Tertulia 2014 Whistling Hills Estate Vineyard Viognier Walla Walla Valley $20 86 points Aromas of pear, apricot and stemmy herbs lead to full-feeling pear and stone -ruit flavors that pull up short on the back nine, seeming a bit underripe.

The Conqueror 2012 Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $31 90 points A blend of Syrah, Merlot and Malbec, this wine has aromas of berry, cocoa and vanilla. The cranberry and cherry flavors are tart and full flavored with a velvety feel.

The Conqueror 2013 Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $26 87 points Butter, vanilla and barrel spices are at the fore, with tropical fruit working to get to the surface. It’s creamy in feel, with seemingly plenty of malolactic influence. There’s enjoyment to be had but it comes off as a bit clumsy.

Three Rivers 2012 Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $39 89 points This is the winery’s first release of this vineyard-designated wine. Cocoa, fresh herb, tire rubber and cherry aromas are followed by cassis flavors backed by tightly wound tannins.

Three Rivers 2012 Malbec-Merlot Columbia Valley $29 89 points A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (32%), Merlot (28%), Petit Verdot (22%) and Cabernet Franc, this cool-vintage wine offers aromas of savory herbs, cedar, black tea, woodspice, red fruit and flowers. The cherry flavors are full bodied, with firm tannins and a finish that lingers.

Three Rivers 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $21 88 points This wine leans into the green side of the variety, with aromas of garden herbs, green pepper, dark chocolate and cherry. The palate brings abundant savory flavors along with chewy tannins.

Three Rivers 2012 Malbec Columbia Valley $29 88 points This wine is a blend of Sagemoor and Gamache Malbec along with Klipsun Cabernet (10%) and Seven Hills Petit Verdot (10%). The oak is primary, giving flavors of vanilla and woodspice followed by savory herbs, plum and pepper.

Three Rivers 2012 Merlot Columbia Valley $21 88 points Cocoa, herb, raspberry, vanilla and spice aromas are out front on this wine. The blue and red fruit and barrel flavors are creamy in feel and carry through the finish.

Three Rivers 2013 River’s Red Blend Columbia Valley $14 88 points Sangiovese, Malbec and Merlot take the lead on this blend. Red cherry, plum and red currant aromas are followed by tangy fruit flavors, with the oak seeming dialed back and a lingering finish. Pair it with pizza or a red pasta sauce.

Three Rivers 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $15 88 points All the fruit for this wine comes from Bacchus Vineyard. Aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and apricot lead to medium-sweet stone-fruit flavors that linger.

Three Rivers 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $18 88 points Blended with 9% Sémillon, this wine has aromas of lemon curd, starfruit, barrel spices (18% new French oak) and fig. It’s full bodied, with a creamy feel and a lingering finish.

Three Rivers 2012 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $39 88 points Mostly from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards, this wine has aromas of cherry, green herbs, pepper and flowers, with the Petit Verdot (15%) showing through. It’s brawny in feel, with coffee and cherry flavors, chewy tannins and mouthwatering acids.

Three Rivers 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $14 87 points A pretty pale-pink color, this wine has aromas of cherry bubble gum, strawberry and herb. The palate has a full, creamy feel with flavors that linger. It’s a broader style than often seen on rosés—more of a red wine feel—but it’s hard to deny its appeal.

Three Rivers 2013 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $18 87 points With all of the fruit coming from Gamache Vineyard, this wine brings aromas of lees, butterscotch and butter. It’s elegant in style with a lightly creamy feel and flavors that linger.

Three Rivers 2014 Steel Chardonnay Columbia Valley $14 86 points Pear and apple aromas lead the way on this fresh, spritely wine that tingles the palate with a lightly spritzy feel. It doesn’t quite stand up on its own but would work perfectly with baked fish.

Thurston Wolfe 2012 Petit Verdot Horse Heaven Hills $30 91 points Nano-produced, this wine offers aromas of herbs, crushed violets and coffee. Cherry flavors coat the palate with a full feel while displaying expertly integrated tannins. The finish lingers.

Thurston Wolfe 2014 Albariño Yakima Valley $18 88 points Aromas of pear and tropical fruit lead to off-dry fruit flavors with a zing of acid that draws out the finish. It’s perfect for a warm afternoon.

Thurston Wolfe 2012 Zephyr Ridge Petite Sirah Horse Heaven Hills $20 88 points In this wine aged 26 months in new and used American oak, the barrel aromas show themselves first, with notes of vanilla and coffee followed by spice and dark fruit. The coffee and cherry flavors are medium bodied, with well-integrated tannins backing them up.

Thurston Wolfe 2014 PGV White Blend Washington $15 87 points This wine is mostly Pinot Gris and Viognier along with a pinch of Orange Muscat. It’s easy drinking, with flavors of peach and the underside of a pineapple plus a touch of sweetness and a crisp finish.

Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Méthode Champenoise Chardonnay Columbia Valley $14 89 points Aromas of pear, brioche and citrus peel are forward. The palate brings lively citrus and spice flavors that linger. Best Buy

Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Noir Pinot Noir Columbia Valley $20 88 points All Pinot Noir, this wine brings unusual aromas of lemongrass, strawberry, brioche and cherry. The smoke and savory flavors are lively with lemony acidity.

Tulpen 2010 Coalescence Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $32 91 points This wine is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 27% Petit Verdot, with the fruit coming from Yellow Bird and Tokar vineyards. Brooding aromas of freshly tilled soil, dried flowers, herbs and cherry lead to a richly flavored but well-balanced palate. It should age well.

Tulpen 2010 Tokar Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $42 91 points A rare single-vineyard bottling from this tiny site, this wine offers aromas of black licorice, herbs, cassis, dates and black cherry. The palate brings tart, vibrant acidity along with chewy tannins.

Tulpen 2010 Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $38 91 points This wine is at the fringes in Washington, exploring dry farming where irrigation is the norm. Fresh herb, blackberry and raspberry aromas lead off. Packed with rich, elegant fruit flavors, it also has an herbal streak running from head to tail.

Tulpen 2010 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points Hailing from Yellowbird and Mill Creek vineyards with some Grenache (15%) and Viognier (3.4%) blended in, this wine has pungent aromas of raspberry and blackberry jam, spice and dried flowers. Especially considering the coolness of the vintage it comes from, it’s quite rich in style, with palate-coating fruit flavors.

Two Vines 2012 Shiraz Columbia Valley $6 86 points Raspberry and blackberry jam aromas are accented by white pepper and mint. The flavors are plump and fleshy in feel, providing plenty of easy-drinking enjoyment. Best Buy

Two Vines 2014 Gewürztraminer Washington $6 85 points Reserved aromas of spice, pear and lychee are followed by medium-sweet flavors. Pair it with yellow curry. Best Buy

Two Vintners 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $21 91 points This wine is a blend of top sites Stoney Vine, Discovery, Olsen, StoneTree and Klipsun vineyards. Perfumed aromas of wet stone, earth, black olive and coffee lead to plush-feeling fruit and earth flavors that show persistence. Editor’s Choice

Two Vintners 2014 Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc Yakima Valley $25 89 points This wine provides immediate appeal with its aromas of citrus peel, starfruit, mineral and apricot, with tropical notes lurking in the background. It’s fleshy in feel with a tart zing of acid that stitches it all together.

Two Vintners 2014 Olsen Vineyard Roussanne Yakima Valley $20 86 points The aromas of citrus peel, stone fruit and soda water are elusive on this wine, while the palate brings dry flavors with a fleshy feel. Some interesting things are going on but they don’t come together.

Va Piano 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $45 90 points This wine brings aromas of blackberry, dates and spice. The palate displays abundant cherry flavors with lightly chalky tannins.

W.T. Vintners 2012 Damavian Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $45 90 points Like a genie released from the bottle, this wine rises up with aromas of violets, herbs, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate. The palate has tart, vibrant acidity along with a silky feel with little apparent new-oak influence to interfere with the fruit and savory flavors. It’s a pretty wine that needs to be paired with food to be fully appreciated.

Washington Hills 2014 Late Harvest Riesling Washington $10 84 points This is a straightforward quaffer. Aromas of herbs, jasmine and stone fruit lead to sugary-sweet fruit flavors.

William Church 2012 Gamache Vineyard Malbec Columbia Valley $38 91 points All varietal, this wine delivers with aromas and flavors of plum, Asian spices, coffee and fresh herbs. Flavors are plump in feel with the oak (51% new French) providing accents.

William Church 2012 2 Spires Red Blend Columbia Valley $36 91 points Nearly 75% Syrah with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, this features aromas that pop, with black plum, blackberry seed, pencil lead and milk chocolate. It’s sensuous and palate-coating in feel, with layered fruit flavors that show purity and richness.

William Church 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $40 90 points Vibrant aromas of black plum, cassis, dried leather, licorice and herb lead to full, sweet, soft-feeling dark fruit flavors that linger.

William Church 2014 Viognier Columbia Valley $25 90 points The aromas of honeysuckle, pear and white peach are bright and fresh on this stainless-steel-fermented blend of Conner Lee and Gamache vineyard fruit. There’s plenty of richness and weight to the sweet stone-fruit flavors, although the wine retains a pleasing sense of balance.

Willow Crest 2014 Estate Grown Pinot Gris Yakima Valley $14 87 points
Aromas of petroleum jelly, melon and flowers lead to pear flavors with a rounded feel that taper toward the finish. Pair it with shrimp ceviche.

Willow Crest 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $13 86 points
Pear, grass and tropical aromas lead to a creamy palate with an almost unctuous feel that seems at odds with the variety but still offers appeal.

Wind Rose 2013 Dolcetto Yakima Valley $19 88 points
This single-vineyard wine from Lonesome Spring Ranch was entirely fermented and aged in stainless steel. Aromas of plum, tobacco, flowers and orange peel lead to fresh, tart, rounded fruit flavors, with bitters on the finish. Pair it with pasta with a red sauce.

Wind Rose 2014 Pinot Grigio Yakima Valley $16 86 points
Reductive on first pour, this wine opens to display aromas of freshly sliced red apple and melon. It drinks a hair off dry, with a fleshy, full feel.

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