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Wine Enthusiast Reviews for September 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for September 2016. 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.

283 wines reviewed in the September issue of Wine Enthusiast. EFESTE leads the way with a strong set of red, white, and rosé releases. A few particular standouts are the Boushey and Red Willow Syrahs (EFESTE 2013 Jolie Bouche Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $44, 92 pointsEFESTE 2013 Eleni Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $54, 92 points); a standout second vintage of the Oldfield Rosé (EFESTE 2015 Oldfield Estate Rosé Yakima Valley $22, 92 pointsand finally a stellar oyster wine in the Feral Sauvignon Blanc (EFESTE 2015 Feral Evergreen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Ancient Lakes $20, 91 points).

Meanwhile Fidelitas continues to impress with its red wines. We already know that Champoux Vineyard is one of the state’s top sites (Fidelitas 2013 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $65, 93 points). But how about up-and-coming Quintessence Vineyard on Red Mountain (Fidelitas 2013 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $60, 93 points)? In a high quality lineup, the winery’s vineyard designates are not to be missed.

The young Force Majeure Vineyard is showing promise for its Rhone varieties (Force Majeure 2013 Collaboration Series Force Majeure Vineyard Grenache Red Mountain $55, 92 points).

Intrinsic, a new project from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, offers superb value with its Cabernet Sauvignon. Intriguingly, this wine saw no new oak and a large portion of the fruit was left on the skins for a staggering nine months (Intrinsic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $22 92 points).

Kerloo offers up a strong set of red releases, including a compelling Mourvedre from Boushey Vineyard (Kerloo 2014 Boushey Vineyard Mourvèdre Yakima Valley $48, 92 points) and Malbec from StoneTree (Kerloo 2014 The Apocalypse Stone Tree Vineyard Malbec Wahluke Slope $48, 91 points).

Kevin White makes his first foray into DuBrul Vineyard, with impressive – and impressively priced – results (Kevin White 2013 Heritage DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley $35, 92 points).

Mark Ryan continues to make compelling red wines, whether it’s Bordeaux-style (Mark Ryan 2013 Long Haul Red Wine Columbia Valley $50, 93 pointsMark Ryan 2013 Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $95 94 points) or Rhone-style (Mark Ryan 2013 Wild Eyed Syrah Red Mountain $48, 93 pointsMark Ryan 2013 Crazy Mary Mourvèdre Red Mountain $4893 points).

Saviah Cellars has always shown a knack for producing high quality as well as high value wines. However, the winery’s new estate vineyard down in The Rocks District is taking things to a new level (Saviah 2013 The Funk Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60, 94 points).

Finally, Waters continues to make standout wines. The winery’s latest releases include two new additions, a Merlot and Tempranillo, both of which are well worth a look (Waters 2014 Merlot Washington $NA 92 pointsWaters 2012 Stone Tree Tempranillo Wahluke Slope $28, 93 points).

Enjoy!

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14 Hands 2013 Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 87 points
This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Aromas of barrel spice, herb and coffee lead to easy-going vanilla and coffee flavors. Barrel notes are dominant but it brings appeal. Best Buy

14 Hands 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $12 87 points
Cocoa, dark-roasted-coffee and vanilla aromas are followed by lightly sweet plum and dark fruit flavors that possess a tacky feel. The flavors linger on the finish. Best Buy

14 Hands 2013 The Reserve Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $30 89 points
Aromas of blue fruit intermingle with vanilla and wood spice. The palate is lush and forward, bringing a lot of enjoyment.

14 Hands 2013 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $30 90 points
Dried herb and wood spice aromas are followed by sappy black fruit flavors backed by a light squeeze of tannins. There’s no mistaking the warm vintage it comes from.

14 Hands 2014 Stampede Red Blend Columbia Valley $12 88 points
This wine is a unique blend of Syrah, Merlot, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre. It seems locked up, with aromas of pickling spices, smoke, berry and vanilla that are followed by broad blue and black-fruit flavors that provide appeal. Best Buy

14 Hands NV Brut Rosé Method Champenoise Sparkling Blend Columbia Valley $15 88 points
A very pretty pale pink color, this wine opens with aromas of citrus rind, spice and strawberry. The flavors are dry, with a lively mousse that keeps the interest high.

14 Hands 2013 The Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $30 88 points
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon take the lead on this blend, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aromas of toast, vanilla and red and black fruit are followed by generous fruit and barrel flavors.

21 Grams 2011 Washington $125 92 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) along with 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec, with most of the fruit coming from top sites of Cold Creek Vineyard and Stone Tree vineyards. Tightly wound up right now, it offers aromas of high-toned herbs, vanilla, spice and dark fruit. The palate is soft and flavorful, with plush yet delicate cherry flavors and fine-grained tannins that lead to an extended, fruit-filled finish. It’s a very sophisticated wine with a long life in front of it. Best from 2021 to 2030. Cellar Selection

Almquist 2009 Konnowac Vineyard Merlot Rattlesnake Hills $28 86 points
The volatiles are high while the flavors offer notes of cranberry and cherry that provide enjoyment.

Almquist 2009 Chandler Reach Vineyard Merlot Yakima Valley $28 86 points
Vineyard designated Merlot is a rarity in the state, though this is one of the three the winery made in this vintage. Amped volatile aromas and generous barrel spices are followed by light, slightly dried-out cranberry and cherry flavors.

Almquist 2010 Garagiste Rosso Red Blend Washington $20 90 points
This wine is a blend of Sangiovese (65%) and Barbera. Cranberry, raspberry and baking spice aromas are followed by generous tart fruit flavors with an electric jolt of acid. The acid is quite bracing to have on its own. Pair it with pasta with a red sauce.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Spice Cabinet Vineyard Sangiovese Horse Heaven Hills $30 90 points
Light aromas of spice, graphite and sour cherry are followed by elegant, tart fruit flavors. It’s a pretty expression of the variety that should sing at the dinner table.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Sugarloaf Vineyard Tempranillo Rattlesnake Hills $30 86 points
Reserved aromas of vanilla, pickling spices and cherry are followed by light cranberry flavors with the concentration wanting.

Almquist 2014 Vintner’s Select Enchanted Winemaker Riesling Washington $20 85 points
Aromas of flowers, mandarin orange, lime and lees lead to a medium-sweet palate. There’s intrigue but it doesn’t have the concentration to hold it all together.

Almquist 2010 Smitten Winemaker Nebbiolo Washington $30 86 points
Aromas of saddle leather and sour cherry are followed by lightly styled tart cherry flavors and gritty tannins.

Almquist 2009 Lacoye Ambassador Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $32 88 points
The aromas provide notes of baking spice, vanilla, licorice and dark fruit that are starting to show some bottle age. Full-bodied dried red-fruit and cranberry flavors lead to a tart finish.

Almquist 2010 Clifton Vineyard Zinfandel Wahluke Slope $30 86 points
Spice, herb, smoke and pencil-eraser aromas lead to elegant, tart fruit flavors that don’t seem to have fully ripened.

Almquist 2014 Lé Orange Vintner’s Select Pinot Gris Washington $20 85 points
With a notable orange tinge, the aromas offer notes of flowers and orange peel, seeming to show a touch of oxygen exposure. It drinks off dry, with abundant orange-rind and smoke flavors.

Almquist 2014 Late Harvest Champoux Vineyard Muscat Horse Heaven Hills $30 83 points
Aromas of orange rind and flowers are offset by light volatile notes. It drinks medium sweet but lacks the acidity or focus to hold it together.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $45 88 points
Coming from a cool vintage and one of the state’s top Syrah sites, this wine is starting to show some age, with evolved notes of dried fruit, mineral, licorice and baking spice. The cranberry, cherry and spice flavors show depth and intensity. Drink now.

Almquist 2013 Pinot Noir Horse Heaven Hills $35 84 points
Varietally designated Pinot Noirs are an extreme rarity from this warm region. This one brings notes of cranberry, copper penny and herb, although the aromas not in sync. The flavors are plump and sweet, showing a sense of elegance.

Almquist 2009 Milbrant Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $28 88 points
Generous aromas of baking spice, clove and vanilla lead to quite tart, tangy cranberry and cherry flavors, with the oak and the fruit playing off each other.

Almquist 2009 Purple Sage Vineyard Dolcetto Wahluke Slope $28 89 points
Aromas of baking spice, clove and dried red fruit lead to full yet elegant flavors that coat the palate. It doesn’t quite stand up on its own but should do well at the dinner table.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Tinto Doce Upland Vineyard Red Blend Washington $35 87 points
The aromas are surprisingly reserved, with notes of vanilla, spice and brown sugar. The palate provides brown-sugar and purple-fruit flavors, with the vanilla notes from the oak riding high. Coffee flavors persist on the finish.

Almquist 2009 Clifton Vineyard Zinfandel Wahluke Slope $28 85 points
The aromas bring notes of vanilla, baking spices, Craisins, asphalt and raspberries that seem a bit evolved. The palate drinks off dry and full, with almost port-like flavors.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Upland Vineyard Touriga Nacional Washington $30 86 points
This variety is a relative newcomer to the state. It intrigues with aromas of citrus and flowers that are followed by smoky flavors with a cranberry and flower-filled finish.

Almquist 2009 Northridge Vineyard Merlot Wahluke Slope $28 86 points
Baking spice and dried cherry and cranberry aromas lead to lighter-styled fruit flavors with a gentle grip of tannins. It trails on the finish.

Almquist 2008 Northridge Vineyard Shiraz Wahluke Slope $25 87 points
Lightly volatile aromas are followed by cranberry, cherry and herb flavors that show intensity and freshness.

Almquist 2012 Vintner’s Select Konnowac Vineyard Tannat Washington $30 86 points
The volatiles are quite amped while the cranberry flavors are backed by a firm grip tannins. There’s good intensity and flavor but it doesn’t all come together.

Almquist 2009 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $32 87 points
Ripe aromas of cherry, spice and licorice pop, with the warmth of the vintage—along with just-in-check volatiles—showing. The cranberry and green herb flavors are tart and full, yet still show some elegance and persistence.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Weinbau Vineyard Carmenère Wahluke Slope $30 89 points
Even considering the cool vintage, this warm-site wine comes in at an alcohol level rarely seen in the state. There’s no mistaking the variety, with abundant aromas of freshly cut green and jalapeño pepper that are followed by elegant, reserved cherry and spice flavors. It provides a lot of intrigue and enjoyment.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Purple Sage Vineyard Dolcetto Wahluke Slope $30 86 points
The aromas offer notes of baking spice, dried fruit and vanilla, seeming to show some oxygen exposure. The cranberry flavors are sweet and tart, with the concentration not all there.

Almquist 2010 Vintner’s Select Konnowac Vineyard Petit Verdot Washington $30 87 points
Light aromas of flowers, herbs and soil are followed by tart cranberry, smoke and citrus flavors and firm, gritty tannins. It doesn’t stand up by itself but has a place at the dinner table alongside a juicy steak.

Almquist 2013 Kira’s Cuvee Red Blend Washington $30 88 points
Grenache makes up 70% of this wine with the rest equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah. The aromas of raspberry and spice are brooding while the raspberry, cranberry and floral flavors are tart and lithe, with a finish that lingers.

Almquist 2013 Raven’s Petit(e) Red Blend Washington $30 89 points
An unusual blend of two-thirds Petite Sirah and one third Petit Verdot, this wine offers notes of baking spices, freshly tilled soil, dried cherries and flowers. The palate brings a mixture of purple and black fruit, backed by a wall of near-impenetrable tannins that still show balance and restraint.

Almquist 2010 Griffin’s Cuvee Red Blend Washington $30 87 points
This wine is an unusual blend of equal parts Carmenere and Petit Verdot. The former takes the lead on the aromas with notes of whole green and jalapeño pepper. The peppery flavors provide interest but the light concentration can’t keep the focus together.

Almquist 2010 Sumi’s Malbec Washington $30 85 points
Barrel aromas of vanilla and baking spice are at the fore, with cranberry lurking in the background. The dried fruit flavors drink off dry, with cranberry flavors on the finish.

Auclair 2013 96 Cedars Red Mountain $25 90 points
Aromas of wood spice, black licorice, graphite and blackberry are followed by cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows a fine sense of balance.

Baer 2013 Star Columbia Valley $35 90 points
Merlot (59%) takes the lead on this blend, which is balanced out by Cabernet Franc. Intriguing aromas of herbs, flowers, spice raspberries, café au lait and barrel spices lead to silky, polished fruit and barrel flavors that linger.

Baer 2013 Callisto Red Blend Columbia Valley $39 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up half of this wine with the rest Syrah (40%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of blackberry seed, spice, black licorice and dark fruit lead to ripe, full and appealing black-fruit flavors. It’s a hedonistic delight.

Baer 2015 Shard Unoaked Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $25 89 points
This warm-vintage white is expressive, with aromas of apple and pear along with whiffs of mango. The palate is full bodied and broad in feel, showing some pleasing nuance.

Baer 2013 Arctos Columbia Valley $43 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) takes the lead on this wine, with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aromas of high-toned herbs, wood spices, cocoa, cassis and a mixture of maraschino and dark cherries are followed by a full palate, overflowing with generous fruit flavors.

Baer 2013 Ursa Columbia Valley $43 91 points
This wine is mostly Merlot and Cabernet Franc (42% each) with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It’s redolent with aromas of flowers, raspberries, herbs, coffee and barrel spice that lead to tightly wound focused fruit flavors. There’s enough tannic heft to reward cellaring.

Baer 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $25 92 points
The variety announces itself with aromas of dark plum, fig, herbs and blackberry bud that enchant the senses. The fruit flavors are soft and plush, showing a dazzling sense of purity along with a finish that lingers. It flat out impresses.

Beast 2013 Wildebeest Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 90 points
This wine is principally Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc along with bits of Malbec, Grenache and Merlot. Aromas of green garden herbs and earthy funk are followed by soft, elegant earth and dark fruit flavors that bring appeal and intrigue.

Bethany Vineyard 2012 Gracee Estate Produced Pinot Noir Washington $28 87 points
There’s no mistaking the variety, with aromas of sarsaparilla, underbrush and cherry, though a rubber-tire note provides some distraction. The cherry, strawberry and cranberry flavors show good concentration, though they seem a bit clunky at times.

Bethany Vineyard 2011 Estate Produced Pinot Noir Washington $25 83 points
Aromas of mesquite, smoke, strawberry, freesia and herbs are followed by quite light fruit flavors. The concentration seems wanting.

Bethany Vineyard 2013 Reserve Estate Produced Barbera Columbia Valley $28 86 points
Bright aromas of macerated cranberries and maraschino cherries along with vanilla and wood spice accents are followed by tart and appealing fruit flavors. The oak gets a bit too prominent.

Big DeVine 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 88 points
Fresh herb and black currant aromas lead to ripe black-cherry flavors. It’s fruit-forward and provides a lot of easy-drinking appeal.

Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Trentenaire Columbia Valley $45 91 points
Petit Verdot (62%) takes the lead on this blend, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The flower, green herb, coffee and barrel spice aromas are brooding, while the palate offers bright acids, firm tannins and a spot-on sense of balance.

Brian Carter Cellars 2014 One Olsen Vineyard Viognier Yakima Valley $32 89 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of peach and flowers that display a sense of delicacy. The flavors are light but nuanced, displaying a fine sense of balance.

Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Corrida Red Blend Columbia Valley $34 90 points
This wine is a unique blend of Tempranillo (62%), Graciano, Cabernet, Merlot and Garnacha. Spice, coffee, tobacco, vanilla and red-fruit aromas are followed by a smooth, elegant palate, with flavors that linger.

Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Byzance Red Blend Columbia Valley $34 90 points
Grenache and Syrah make up just over three-quarters of this blend, with the rest Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault. Smoke, coffee, raspberry and barrel spice aromas lead to rich, full-feeling coffee and fruit flavors that linger.

Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $36 87 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Summit View, Klipsun and Doval vineyards. Aromas of wood spice, purple fruit, vanilla and exotic spice are followed by tart cranberry and cherry flavors, with the midpalate dipping in concentration. The tannins bring quite a bit of grip.

Browne Family Vineyards 2015 Rosé Grenache Columbia Valley $18 88 points
This pale salmon-colored wine shows bright aromas of watermelon and strawberry. The palate drinks dry with mouthwateringly tart fruit flavors.

Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $36 89 points
The aromas of wood spice, violets and dark fruit are high toned and brooding. The palate offers firm tannins but also a sense of balance that provides intrigue.

Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $36 88 points
This wine is all varietal coming from Canyon Vineyard Ranch and Blackrock vineyards. Aromas of herbs, vanilla, dill and coffee are followed by full-feeling chocolate and cherry flavors. Vanilla and coffee notes linger on the finish.

Browne Family Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $18 86 points
The citrus, herb and mint aromas are expressive but show some reduction. The citrus and tropical flavors are broad and creamy, though the concentration at times seems light.

Bunchgrass 2014 Roussanne Walla Walla Valley $26 88 points
This is a 100% varietal, single vineyard wine coming from Cockburn Ranch Vineyard. Aromas of lees and spice lead to nutty flavors that are broad in feel.

Bunchgrass 2012 Triolet Walla Walla Valley $30 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Cabernet Franc (30%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of coffee, dried herbs, green pepper and smoke are followed by creamy-feeling cherry and café au lait flavors. It brings a whole lot of appeal.

Bunchgrass 2012 Founder’s Blend Walla Walla Valley $30 91 points
A blend of Cabernet Franc (60%) and Merlot, this wine offers high-toned aromas of dried herbs, milk chocolate and cherry, along with an undertone of green pepper. The chocolate and cherry flavors are silky and linger long after the last sip.

Bunnell 2010 Discovery Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $44 88 points
This cool-vintage wine offers aromas of vanilla, coconut, barrel spice, clove and red fruit. The palate is full of restrained cranberry flavors that show persistence.

Bunnell 2013 BDX Merlot Red Mountain $38 87 points
Despite the warmth of the vintage and the growing region, this wine comes off as green aromatically. The flavors show ripeness but there seems to be a disconnect.

Bunnell 2010 Mourvèdre Red Mountain $36 90 points
Equal parts Heart of the Hill and Red Heaven fruit, this wine opens with barrel aromas of vanilla and shaved coconut in front of dark fruit. The flavors are full in feel but retain a sense of elegance, with cranberry and vanilla flavors intertwining on the finish. The barrel notes are quite prominent but overall it works.

Bunnell 2011 Syrah Red Mountain $44 87 points
The aromas of green herb and dark berries give the perception of being underripe, with a green undertone along with notes of black licorice. The palate is elegant in style, pulling up toward the finish.

Bunnell 2013 BDX Painted Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $38 88 points
Aromas of smoke, vanilla, green herbs and spice are followed by generous cherry and barrel flavors. The wood juts out but it still brings enjoyment.

Bunnell 2011 Grenache Columbia Valley $36 90 points
Vanilla, baking spice, dark-fruit and herb aromas are followed by elegant cranberry and raspberry flavors. Spice flavors linger on the finish. It’s a pretty expression of the variety, showing impeccable balance.

Bunnell 2010 Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 88 points
Subdued dried herb, vanilla and dill aromas mix with notes of baking spice. The red-fruit flavors are light and elegant, winnowing toward the finish.

Bunnell 2012 BDX Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $48 89 points
Coming from an up-and-coming vineyard, this wine offers aromas of dried herb, vanilla, baking spice and cherry. Fruit and barrel flavors mix on the palate, continuing through the finish.

Bunnell 2013 Helène White Blend Yakima Valley $24 89 points
This wine is a blend Viognier (60%) and Roussanne. Aromas of almond butter, lees and spice are followed by a broad palate with a creamy feel. The finish lingers.

Buried Cane 2013 Heartwood Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 90 points
Syrah (37%), Grenache (24%) and Mourvèdre (19%) take the lead on this blend, with the balance Cinsault, Counoise, Cabernet and Viognier. Perfumed aromas of flowers, blue fruit and herbs lead to sweet, plentiful blue and black-fruit flavors that coat the palate from end to end. The finish lingers.

Buried Cane 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $16 86 points
Dried herb, sugared plum and tire rubber aromas are followed by light, slightly sweet fruit flavors. The tannins run quite dry.

Burnt Bridge 2013 Blend O Walla Walla Valley $40 88 points
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot each make up 40% of this wine, with the balance Cabernet Franc. The aromas suggest notes of herbs, fruit leather and anise that are followed by tart, palate-coating cranberry flavors, with celery notes on the finish.

Burnt Bridge 2014 Pont Brûlé Blanc White Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points
This wine is equal parts Walla Walla Valley Viognier and Yakima Valley Roussanne. Aromas of lees, almond and apricot are followed by elegantly styled flavors that linger.

Burnt Bridge 2013 Blend X Walla Walla Valley $40 87 points
This wine is two-thirds Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Mesquite, dark cherry, vanilla, herb and spice aromas lead to tart, tingly flavors with bunched up tannins.

Burnt Bridge 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $40 89 points
This vineyard high up toward the Blue Mountains is best known for its Syrah. Aromas of garden herbs and cranberry lead to a tart, lightly grippy palate. It needs time to stretch its legs but the balance is there.

Cairdeas 2013 Consonance Red Blend Yakima Valley $39 91 points
Aromas of vanilla, coffee, cranberry, fresh herbs and licorice are out front on this Syrah (38%), Petite Sirah (38%), Mourvèdre, Grenache and Roussanne blend. The coffee flavors are tart and spritely yet full, showing a good sense of balance and an acid-driven finish.

Cairdeas 2013 Syrah Lake Chelan $45 89 points
With 4% co-fermented Viognier, the aromas bring subdued notes of flowers, dark fruit and barrel spice. The cranberry and cherry flavors are tart and focused, trailing toward the finish.

Cairdeas 2013 Trí Red Blend Yakima Valley $36 90 points
Mourvèdre (42%) takes the lead on this blend followed by Syrah (38%) and Grenache. Oak aromas are initially in the lead, with notes of vanilla and barrel spice that are followed by lighter-styled cherry, cranberry and spice flavors. There’s plenty to hold the interest.

Canoe Ridge 2015 The Expedition Canoe Ridge Vineyard Rosé Columbia Valley $15 88 points
A very pretty pale salmon color, this wine is principally Grenache (64%) and Roussanne (23%) with the rest Counoise and Lemberger. Aromas of watermelon and rosewater are followed by just off-dry, mouthwatering citrus and cherry flavors that linger.

Castle Rock 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 86 points
Light aromas of spice, yellow apple and butter are followed by viscous, sweet fruit flavors. It provides easy-drinking appeal.

Castle Rock 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley $11 85 points
Aromas of tire rubber, herb and red fruit lead to soft, plush cranberry and cherry flavors that linger.

Castle Rock 2013 Pinot Noir Columbia Valley $12 87 points
Pinot Noir is relatively rare in the state. This one offers aromas of strawberry, cherry and peppermint candy that are followed by broad fruit flavors that show the warmth of the region. The tannins provide a touch of astringency. Best Buy

Castle Rock 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $11 85 points
This wine offers aromas of herbs, black cherry and spice, showing a bit of heat. The dark-fruit flavors have good intensity, with dry, astringent tannins backing them up.

Castle Rock 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $11 86 points
Aromas of cranberries, raspberries and herbs lead to broad rich flavors. The tannins bring a little astringency but it offers enjoyment. Best Buy

Charles & Charles 2015 Rosé Columbia Valley $12 88 points
Syrah (61%), Mourvèdre and Gre-nache make up the bulk of this appealing wine. Bright aromas of strawberry candy, watermelon and orange rind are followed by mouthwatering citrus and cherry flavors. Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $20 88 points
The aromas offer notes of vanilla, baking spice and tropical fruit. The flavors are light and restrained, pulling up slightly toward the finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $22 88 points
Barrel notes of toast and spice intermingle with stone fruit aromas and flavors that show nuance. The flavors are light but the feel is compelling.

Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2014 Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley $20 89 points
Exuberant aromas of botrytis, lime zest and flowers are followed by suggestions of stone fruit. It tingles the palate with lighter-weight fruit flavors that display a good sense of balance that keeps the interest high.

Coeur d'Alene 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $34 90 points
Barrel aromas of vanilla, cocoa and coconut are at the fore. The black-fruit and barrel flavors provide a lot of appeal.

Coeur d'Alene 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $34 89 points
Vanilla, green wood and dark fruit aromas lead to sweet black currant and baking spice flavors. The wood is somewhat prominent at times but it still provides a lot of appeal.

Columbia Crest 2013 H3 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $15 87 points
Light aromas of baking spice, vanilla and red fruit lead to well-balanced red-fruit and barrel flavors that taper toward the finish, with coffee flavors lingering.

Columbia Crest 2013 Reserve Wautoma Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $40 90 points
Aromas of fresh, savory herbs are in the lead, followed by plum, vanilla and dark fruit. The black-fruit flavors are elegant with a firm squeeze of tannins backing them up. It needs time to come together but has all the stuffing.

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 87 points
Pineapple and mango aromas mix with notes of baking spices. The flavors show a fine sense of balance, tapering toward the finish. It’s oak driven at times but provides a lot of enjoyment. Best Buy

Columbia Winery 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $14 87 points
Light aromas of stone fruit, prickly pear and spice lead to a medium-bodied palate that tapers toward the finish.

Columbia Winery 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $16 88 points
Exuberant aromas of cocoa and raspberry with light herb accents are followed by fresh, forward fruit flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins that bring some astringency.

Côte Bonneville 2013 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $65 90 points
DuBrul Vineyard is best known for its Bordeaux varieties but Syrah shines there too. Aromas of smoke, brown spices, coffee, herbs and earth lead to a lithe palate that puts a premium on elegance.

Côte Bonneville 2015 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley $22 90 points
Exuberant aromas of lime leaf, flowers, jasmine, peach and apricot lead to off-dry fruit flavors. It shows balance, tension and energy.

Côte Bonneville 2009 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley $120 90 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The aromas suggest notes of high-toned herbs, cranberry, fresh cherries and cassis that provide appeal. The palate provides elegant, sophisticated flavors that linger.

Côte Bonneville 2010 Carriage House DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley $50 91 points
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine offers subtle, beguiling aromas of coffee, herbs, barrel spice, pencil lead and cherry. The cranberry and cherry flavors are tart and focused, putting a focus on elegance.

Côte Bonneville 2013 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $50 88 points
Beguiling aromas of corn silk, vanilla, barrel spice and malolactic notes lead to a palate that is elegant in style. It dances lightly.

DeLille 2013 Harrison Hill Snipes Mountain $90 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot. Fragrant aromas of fresh herbs, flowers, pencil lead and black currant are followed by sweet, supple, concentrated red and black-fruit flavors backed by well-integrated tannins. Especially considering the warmth of the vintage, it shows a lot of finesse along with a long finish.

DeLille 2013 Chaleur Estate Red Mountain $79 92 points
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine offers aromas of pencil lead, blackberry and incense, with mint and other herbs in the background. The flavors are rich yet demonstrate restraint, with the tannins showing exceptional polish. It wins on finesse rather than power.

Diversion 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 88 points
Juicy aromas of black currant and other black fruits are followed by forward, sweet, lush fruit flavors. Grainy tannins provide the spine.

Dusted Valley 2013 BFM Columbia Valley $53 91 points
At 81%, this could be a varietally labeled Merlot, with the rest Cabernet Franc (15%) and Petit Verdot. It appeals with pretty aromas of cocoa, wood spice and jammy red fruit that are followed by full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors that pack a wallop while staying in balance.

Dusted Valley 2013 Tall Tales Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 92 points
There’s no mistaking that this wine comes from The Rocks District, with its perfumed aromas of grilled asparagus, peat, dried herb and minerally, earthy funk. Ripe fruit, earth, gravel and savory flavors meld on the palate, which shows impressive concentration and depth as well as outrageous length on the close.

Dusted Valley 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $42 91 points
Savory herbs mix with clove and barrel spices on the aromas. The palate is full bodied and decadent, with a palate-coating feel.

Dusted Valley 2013 Rachis Stone Tree Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $53 92 points
Bright aromas of raspberry jam, flowers and spice are followed by rich, full-bodied red and black-fruit flavors that show depth and focus.

Dusted Valley 2013 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 91 points
Blended with a whopping 15% Petit Verdot, this wine offers locked-up aromas of pencil lead, floral notes, plum and dark fruit. The palate is packed with fruit and herb flavors that intertwine through the lingering finish. The tannins provide some serious grip.

Dusty Cellars 2014 Spartan Red Blend Rattlesnake Hills $15 87 points
This wine is mostly Merlot with just a splash (5%) of Malbec. The aromas of red fruit, tire rubber and herbs are light and elusive. The tart fruit flavors provide considerably more generosity, with grainy tannins backing them up.

Dusty Cellars 2015 Rosé Columbia Gorge $18 85 points
Pale salmon-colored, this is all Cabernet Franc. Aromas of herbs, flowers and green pepper are followed by bone-dry flavors that linger.

Dusty Cellars NV Lilly Mae White Table Wine White Blend Washington $13 87 points
Subdued stone-fruit, jasmine and white-flower aromas lead to off-dry fruit flavors. It goes down easy.

EFESTE 2013 Ceidleigh Syrah Red Mountain $39 91 points
Typically the most forward of the winery’s offerings, this wine brings aromas of blue fruit along with notes of fire pit, olive, mineral and cured meat that become more prominent over time. The blue and black-fruit flavors are dense and focused, with a firm backbone of tannins providing support. It needs time in the cellar to stretch its legs.

EFESTE 2013 Jolie Bouche Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $44 92 points
Aromas of iron, olive, herb, smoke, orange peel and savory notes are followed by a ripe, full savory palate that packs a punch. It’s far from shy but manages to keep it all in balance.

EFESTE 2013 Emmy Stone Tree Vineyard Mourvèdre Wahluke Slope $49 91 points
The white-pepper, garrigue, raspberry, orange-peel and pot-roast aromas pop. The palate is action packed with raspberry and cranberry flavors that lead to a long, savory finish.

EFESTE 2013 Eleni Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $54 92 points
The aromas of embers, black pepper, dark fruit, herbs, smoke and spice are brooding and locked up on first pour, showing more on each swirl. The blue and black-fruit flavors are ripe, sweet and full, with savory notes fleshing out the crazy long finish.

EFESTE 2015 Oldfield Estate Rosé Yakima Valley $22 92 points
This blend of Mourvèdre (78%) and Grenache is a very pretty pale peach color. Aged in a mixture of concrete, stainless steel and neutral French oak, it suggests aromas of citrus, strawberry, herb and spice. It tingles the palate with fresh, lively flavors, showing poise and presence with a citrus-filled finish that lingers.

EFESTE 2014 Sauvage Boushey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $25 90 points
Seeing just a kiss of new oak (20%), this wine offers brooding aromas of spice, white flowers, tropical fruit and citrus. The palate is full of white-grapefruit flavors backed by a zing of tart acidity, with barrel spice flavors lingering on the finish. It shows a lot of tension.

EFESTE 2014 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling Ancient Lakes $20 91 points
The aromas of ripe peach, jasmine, honeysuckle and mineral pop. It drinks just off dry, with a spritz of stone-fruit and citrus flavors that extend on the finish.

EFESTE 2015 Feral Evergreen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Ancient Lakes $20 91 points
This thoroughly delicious, acid-driven wine opens with aromas of passion fruit, oyster shell, herbs, wet stone and citrus. The flavors are sleek yet generous with electric, mouthwatering acidity. It demands oysters alongside it. Editor’s Choice

Fidelitas 2013 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $65 93 points
The aromas are still locked up but draw you in with notes of earth and barrel spice. The flavors are concentrated and layered, bringing a real sense of energy and richness. It’s a knock out, with balance that is spot on and a finish that persists.

Fidelitas 2013 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $60 93 points
Coming from an up-and-coming vineyard, this 100% varietal wine appeals with its aromas of barrel spice, black licorice, vanilla, coffee and dark fruit. The cherry flavors are tart, fresh and lively with a tight core of tannins providing the structure.

Fidelitas 2013 Malbec Red Mountain $40 92 points
All varietal, this wine is a blend of Scooteney Flats, Kiona and Canyons vineyards. Aromas of exotic spices, clove and purple fruit lead to elegant supple flavors that linger. It still needs time to fully blossom.

Fidelitas 2013 Optu Red Mountain $50 91 points
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (74%) with the balance Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine starts out brooding, with aromas of coffee, spice, vanilla, plum, dark fruit and high-toned herbs. The cherry and barrel spice flavors coat the palate, backed by firm tannins that need time to soften.

Fidelitas 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 91 points
One hundred percent varietal, this wine is a blend of fruit from Quintessence (69%), Fidelitas Estate, Canyons and Red Heaven Vineyards. Aromas of cassis, black licorice, barrel spice and dried black cherry lead to elegant dark fruit flavors backed by lightly chewy tannins. It shows a lot of finesse.

Fidelitas 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $65 92 points
This wine is all varietal, coming from one of the state’s top sites. Despite the warm vintage and site, it opens with aromas of herbs along with barrel spice and tightly wound dark fruit. The black fruit flavors are fresh and lively, showing elegance and persistence with a tight core of fine grained tannins.

Fidelitas 2013 Fidelitas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $75 92 points
The varietal is unmistakable from this young vineyard, with notes of dried herbs intermingling with spice, toast and dark cherry, bringing a real sense of perfume. The palate displays a compelling sense of texture, deftness and freshness to the tart cherry and cranberry flavors with a finish that persists.

Force Majeure 2013 Collaboration Series Force Majeure Vineyard Grenache Red Mountain $55 92 points
Crafted by Syncline winemaker James Mantone, the aromas of raspberry, kirsch and spice show a pleasing sense of harmony. The red-fruit flavors are layered, showing intensity and precision, with the tannins bringing some grip. The balance is spot-on throughout.

Force Majeure 2013 Collaboration Series VII Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $65 93 points
This is winemaker Chris Peterson’s (Avennia) debut wine with this project. Despite the red-wine label, it’s almost all Syrah with just pinches of Viognier (2%) and Roussanne (1%). It opens with aromas of dark fruit, incense, barrel spice and orange peel that lead to palate-coating, exuberant cherry flavors that carry on the finish. Far from a big bruiser, it’s more about finesse and detail, though it shows plenty of depth. Editor’s Choice

Force Majeure 2013 Parabellum Force Majeure Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $55 90 points
Brooding aromas of barrel spice, dried herbs, cranberry and black cherry lead to ripe but in focus pit-fruit flavors that show a pleasing sense of harmony. A squeeze of firm tannins provides the frame.

Force Majeure 2012 Collaboration Series II Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $65 91 points
There’s plenty of nuance to enjoy, with aromas of exotic spice, flowers, raspberry, orange peel and huckleberry, showing more on each swirl. The palate is polished and flavorful, showing a masterful touch.

Force Majeure 2013 Collaboration Series III Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $65 91 points
Exuberant aromas of espresso, smoke and dark fruit leap up from the glass. The palate is considerably more reserved with fruit and earth flavors that linger.

Guardian 2013 Confidential Source Merlot Columbia Valley $30 89 points
All varietal, this wine is a blend of fruit from top sites Ciel du Cheval, Conner Lee, Obelisco and Stonetree. The aromas are quite reserved, with notes of barrel spice that are followed by full-bodied fruit flavors with a spicy finish. It drinks well but the variety seems lost.

Guardian 2013 Chalk Line Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points
This Cabernet Sauvingon, Syrah and Merlot dominant blend offers aromas of wet copper, zesty spice and herb that are followed by a silky soft, flavorful palate. It brings a lot of easy-drinking pleasure.

Guardian 2013 The Informant Syrah Wahluke Slope $30 91 points
All of the fruit for this wine comes from Stonetree Vineyard. Bright flower, fresh raspberry, huckleberry and potpourri aromas are followed by full-bodied, layered fruit flavors. Floral notes persist on the finish.

Guardian 2013 The Wanted Columbia Valley $37 88 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Franc (43%) finished off with Merlot. A blend of Stillwater Creek and Stonetree vineyards, it leads with fresh herb, game, black cherry and barrel-spice aromas. The flavors are more reserved than the aromas suggest, pulling up toward the finish.

Hedges 2015 Estate Grown and Bottled Le Blanc White Blend Red Mountain $36 90 points
This wine opens with aromas of apricot and pear. The flavors coat the palate while showing a lot of restraint and exquisite balance.

Hedges 2013 La Haute Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $60 88 points
Aromas of Band-Aid, herb, cranberry and cherry lead to elegantly styled fruit flavors. Chewy tannins and tart acids provide the frame.

Intrinsic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $22 92 points
This is the inaugural release from this winery. Forty percent of the wine was aged for a remarkable nine months on skins, with an equal amount aged in stainless steel and the rest in neutral oak. It dazzles with brooding aromas of herbs and black cherry. The flavors are ripe and succulent, backed by firm but well integrated tannins and a solid finish.

J & J 2015 Les Collines Pepper Bridge Vineyards Riesling Walla Walla Valley $15 87 points
Vibrant aromas of sour ale, pear, lime and white flowers are followed by off-dry fruit flavors that provide appeal.

J & J 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points
Aromas of caramel, coffee bean and assorted blue fruit are in the lead, with cinnamon notes providing accents. The palate is full flavored yet restrained, with smoked meat and olive flavors that glide on the finish.

J & J 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $35 87 points
The aromas are light, with the notes of green herbs, flowers and plum, leaning pretty far into the green and savory. The flavors are plump and soft, with the concentration at times seeming faint.

J & J 2013 Estate Wine Middleton Petty Vineyard Merlot Walla Walla Valley $40 88 points
The aromas show notes of chocolate and raspberries, sprinkled with violets and fresh herbs, not seeming to have fully blossomed. The palate is elegant and refined, displaying a lovely sense of restraint. Smoked-meat flavors linger on the finish. It doesn’t always come off as entirely varietal but brings a lot of enjoyment.

J & J 2013 Estate Middleton Petty Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $40 87 points
Herb, dried leaf, green pepper, tobacco and spice aromas are followed by plump yet elegant cherry and tobacco flavors. Smoke and savory notes linger on the finish.

Julia's Dazzle 2015 Rosé The Benches at Wallula Pinot Gris Horse Heaven Hills $16 88 points
Light pink in color, this wine offers aromas of strawberry, bubblegum, cherry and melon. It drinks off dry, with mouthwatering fruit flavors.

Kerloo 2015 Rosé Painted Hills Vineyard Grenache Columbia Valley $22 90 points
A very pale copper color, this wine is aromatically expressive with notes of strawberry and cherry bubblegum along with light herbal notes. The palate drinks dry with electric acidity that makes the fruit flavors snap, with citrus notes that persist on the finish.

Kerloo 2015 Boushey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $22 88 points
The aromas of gooseberry, lime, herb and passion fruit pop. The flavors are broad and tart. The concentration isn’t quite all there but it brings plenty to hold the interest and should do well at the dinner table.

Kerloo 2014 Boushey Vineyard Mourvèdre Yakima Valley $48 92 points
Aged in neutral French oak, this wine opens with appealing aromas of black pepper, dried herbs and citrus peel. The palate is fresh and strikingly pure, with plenty of tart ground-meat and pepper flavors that hang on the finish. The texture is mesmerizing. Editor’s Choice

Kerloo 2014 The Apocalypse Stone Tree Vineyard Malbec Wahluke Slope $48 91 points
Blended with 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, this aromatically generous wine offers notes of clove, purple fruit, coffee, black pepper and spice. It’s ripe but in balance, with palate-coating, velvety fruit flavors that linger.

Kerloo 2015 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $48 89 points
The winery’s first release of this variety offers aromas of apple, chamomile, spice and lees. On the palate, the green-apple acids are tart and bracing, needing some food to tame them.

Kerloo 2015 Blue Mountain Vineyard Grenache Blanc Walla Walla Valley $20 89 points
The light aromas suggest notes of star fruit and citrus. The palate is flavorful, with racy acids keeping the fruit in focus.

Kevin White 2014 Red Blend Yakima Valley $18 90 points
A new offering from this young winery, this wine is mostly Syrah (54%) with the rest equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre. Appealing aromas of high-toned herbs, smoke and fresh raspberries and blueberries lead to a medium-weight, yet silky palate, with fine concentration throughout and a finish that lingers. Editor’s Choice

Kevin White 2013 Heritage DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley $35 92 points
This Rhone winery’s inaugural Bordeaux variety offering is a blend of 57% Cabernet and 43% Merlot. The aromas of dried and fresh herbs and barrel spice show nuance, leaning slightly into the green. The cherry and dark-fruit flavors display an exquisite sense of polish, detail and length that kicks it up a notch. Editor’s Choice

Kontos 2013 Summit View Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $44 90 points
Coming from an up-and-coming region of the valley, this wine is direct in its appeal, with opulent aromas of dark plum, grape gummy, peppery spices and an herbal top note. The flavors are broad and pure, showing a deft touch. Coffee flavors linger on the finish.

Latah Creek 2012 Monarch Reserve Zephyr Ridge Vineyards Primitivo Horse Heaven Hills $25 85 points
The aromas offer notes of red fruit, spice and green wood, seeming hot. The cranberry and raspberry flavors are elegant and bring a better sense of balance, though the wood pokes out.

Latah Creek 2015 Hyatt Vineyard Muscat Canelli Rattlesnake Hills $11 87 points
Bright aromas of flowers and orange rind lead to perfumed, lightly spritzy sweet fruit flavors. Enjoy it as an apéritif. Best Buy

Latah Creek 2012 Fries Vineyard Merlot Wahluke Slope $16 83 points
This wine comes off as quite green especially considering the variety, vintage and appellation. Aromas of bell pepper and green herbs lead to cherry and savory flavors, with the tannins bringing some heft.

Latah Creek 2012 Alice Vineyard Malbec Wahluke Slope $16 85 points
Aromas of smoke, matchstick, mineral and red fruit are followed by lightly styled cranberry flavors that winnow toward the finish.

Latah Creek 2012 Monarch Reserve Zephyr Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah Horse Heaven Hills $30 88 points
Brooding aromas of dill, purple fruit, vanilla and wood spice are followed by full dark cherry flavors backed by a wall of firm yet still accessible tannins.

Liberty Lake 2009 Merlot Red Mountain $25 90 points
The aromas of cocoa, raspberry, black tea, vanilla and cranberry are in full bloom. The cranberry and cherry flavors are ripe and full, backed by firm tannins. This wine is in a sweet spot. Drink now.

Liberty Lake NV Legacy Red Blend Red Mountain $22 88 points
This wine is half Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Aromas of vanilla, dill and candied cherries are followed by ripe, succulent red and black-fruit flavors, with firm, drying tannins providing support.

Liberty Lake 2011 Tempranillo Red Mountain $25 85 points
The aromas seem a bit muddled, with notes of wet copper penny, herbs, tobacco and spice. The red-fruit flavors are subdued, with an elegant styling.

Liberty Lake 2011 Heritage Reserve Red Blend Red Mountain $35 88 points
Aromas of vanilla, pickling spices, green pepper and dark fruit are followed by tart cherry flavors. It shows both the elegance of the vintage and the power of the appellation.

Liberty Lake 2011 Syrah Red Mountain $40 87 points
Unusual aromas of cocoa and green tea mochi lead to a creamy smooth palate. The oak plays a primary role.

Liberty Lake 2011 Petit Verdot Red Mountain $25 85 points
Slightly volatile herb, wood spice, dill, orange peel and citrus aromas are followed by lemony flavors backed by firm tannins.

Love That Red 2013 Daily Double Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $50 89 points
Bright aromas of plum, herb and abundant wood spices are followed by plump, fresh dark fruit and barrel flavors backed by a light grip of gritty tannins.

Mark Ryan 2013 Long Haul Red Wine Columbia Valley $50 93 points
Mostly Merlot (51%) and Cabernet Franc (40%), rounded out by Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this wine opens with aromas of black cherry and dark fruit alongside floral and barrel--spice accents. The palate is focused and layered, bringing waves of fruit flavors supported by enough structure to go the distance. Editor’s Choice

Mark Ryan 2013 Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $95 94 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from the Ciel du Cheval and Force Majeure vineyards. Aromas of black cherry, herb, graphite, barrel spice and violets are followed by dense yet focused and lively black-fruit flavors, as well as tightly wound tannins. This is one for the cellar; best from 2022 to 2028. Cellar Selection

Mark Ryan 2013 Wild Eyed Syrah Red Mountain $48 93 points
Most of this wine hails from Force Majeure Vineyard, with Olsen in the Yakima Valley filling it out. Aromas of crushed granite, blackberry, wood spice and herbs are followed by vibrant red and black-fruit flavors that display depth and finesse. The finish carries.

Mark Ryan 2013 The Dissident Columbia Valley $35 91 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (64%) with the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It beguiles, with penetrating aromas of black currant, red and black fruit, barrel spice and herbs. The flavors are pitch black with a firm scaffolding of tannins supporting them.

Mark Ryan 2013 Crazy Mary Mourvèdre Red Mountain $48 93 points
Aromas of herbs, pepper, citrus, red fruit and barrel spices are followed by tart cherry and cranberry flavors that pack a wallop. It’s a hedonist’s delight, but the balance is there too, offering ample structure and acidity to complement the spicy fruit tones. Editor’s Choice

Mark Ryan 2013 Lost Souls Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $48 91 points
Intricate, jammy aromas of black cherry, blackberry, flowers, spice and mineral lead to plentiful black-fruit flavors. It shows the warmth of the vintage while bringing an undeniable sense of deliciousness, with lip smacking tannins backing it up.

Mark Ryan 2013 Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $55 92 points
Principally blended from top sites that include Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun and Obelisco, this wine appeals with its fruit-forward aromas of black cherry, blackberry, barrel spice, herb and mineral. The flavors are rich but focused and well balanced, showing the brawny tannins that this region is known for. Just a baby now, it needs time in the cellar to grow up. Best after 2021. Cellar Selection

Mark Ryan 2014 Viognier Columbia Valley $30 91 points
The aromas of peach, flowers, lemon, lees and barrel spices are alluring and nuanced. The medium-weight flavors are tart and spritely, with a citrus and lees streak running throughout.

Maryhill 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache Columbia Valley $36 88 points
This wine, which is 100% varietal, is a blend of fruit from Art Den Hoed and Gunkel vineyards. Aromas of cranberry, clove and fresh flowers are followed by coffee and floral flavors that show elegance and persistence.

Maryhill 2012 Gunkel Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $32 87 points
Unusual aromas of brown stems, mesquite and herbs are followed by a palate full of sweet fruit and savory flavors. It doesn’t entirely come off but provides interest.

Maryhill 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese Columbia Valley $16 87 points
This hot-pink-colored wine brings aromas of strawberry and tangerine. It drinks off dry, with citrus, guava and cranberry flavors filling out the finish.

Maryhill 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $24 86 points
The aromas are quite subdued with notes of herbs and red fruit. The flavors are more generous but still come off as quite light.

Maryhill 2014 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $16 85 points
Apple, pear and petroleum jelly aromas lead to just off-dry flavors. It seems to fall a bit flat.

Maryhill 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $14 86 points
The medium-sweet stone-fruit and orange-peel flavors are direct and bring appeal. It goes down easy.

Matthews 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $25 87 points
The citrus and tropical fruit aromas are quite subdued. The palate is light, needing more focus.

Matthews 2013 Claret Columbia Valley $40 91 points
This wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. It opens with intriguing aromas of graphite, cherry, barrel spice, garden herbs, coffee grounds and dark fruit. The flavors are pitch black and generous, showing density and layering.

Mercer 2013 Robert Willis Reserve Malbec Horse Heaven Hills $55 88 points
Vanilla, wood spice, herb and plum aromas are followed by soft, silky purple-fruit flavors. The tannins give a light squeeze on the finish.

Mercer 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $15 86 points
Coming from a warm region in a hot vintage, this wine leans into the tropical with aromas of kiwi and mango, with herb and citrus notes providing accents. The flavors are lean and tart, with the concentration light.

Mercer 2013 Malbec Horse Heaven Hills $24 88 points
Aromas of plum and wood spice lead to plentiful blue-fruit flavors that show a fine sense of purity. The tannins provide a dry, lightly astringent squeeze.

Mercer 2015 Culloden Vineyard Viognier Horse Heaven Hills $18 86 points
The aromas of apricot, honeysuckle and jasmine are light and elegant. The flavors show restraint but the concentration doesn’t all seem there.

Mercer 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $42 86 points
Game, wood spice and smoke aromas lead to grainy dried-cherry flavors. It seems advanced for its age.

Mercer 2015 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Rosé Horse Heaven Hills $15 86 points
A very pretty pale salmon color, this wine offers aromas of strawberry and cherry. The flavor concentration is wanting, not entirely able to hold it all together.

Mercer 2013 Eagle & Plow Block 93 Cavalie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $100 88 points
Aromas of dried herbs and leaves, vanilla, cassis, wood spice and cherry are followed by coffee and blue fruit. The tannins show some grit and need time to smooth out.

Milbrandt 2013 The Estates Northridge Malbec Wahluke Slope $26 91 points
The aromas of dark berries and barrel spice are dense and brooding, with herb notes providing accents. The flavors are sweet, rich and full, showing depth, generosity and length. The oak is a bit prominent but it still delivers a lot of enjoyment.

Milbrandt 2014 Traditions Merlot Columbia Valley $17 87 points
Coffee, smoke, herb, blue-fruit and barrel-spice aromas are at the fore. The palate provides soft, easy-drinking fruit and barrel flavors that linger.

Milbrandt 2013 The Estates Northridge Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 87 points
Generous barrel aromas of vanilla and wood spice are followed full-bodied, no-holds-barred fruit and vanilla flavors. There are good things going on but the wood steals the show.

Milbrandt 2014 Traditions Riesling Columbia Valley $13 89 points
Aromas of peach and lime are followed by a sleek, crisp, off-dry palate with a long, lemony finish. A light spritz perks it up nicely. Best Buy

Milbrandt 2013 The Estates Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 89 points
Aromas of coffee, barrel spice and dark-blue fruit lead to rich, full-bodied blackberry and spice flavors. It’s not for the faint of heart but delivers a lot of enjoyment.

Mosquito Fleet 2012 Portside Meritage Columbia Valley $34 90 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up just under two-thirds of this wine with the rest Merlot (29%) along with smidgens of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aromas of mixed barrel spices are followed by herbs, licorice and fruit leather. The flavors are light and reserved in style, with a spice and licorice-filled finish.

Mosquito Fleet 2012 Petit Verdot Horse Heaven Hills $32 90 points
The aromas of green herbs, vanilla and spice are brooding and tightly locked up. The palate is quite accessible considering the variety, with smooth cherry and spice flavors backed by surprisingly well-integrated, but still firm, tannins.

Mosquito Fleet 2012 Starboard Meritage Columbia Valley $34 91 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Brooding aromas of wood spice and red and black fruit lead to sultry, well-balanced dark-fruit flavors with a persistently long finish.

Mullan Road 2013 Red Wine Blend Columbia Valley $42 91 points
This wine is principally Cabernet Sauvignon (57%) and Merlot (34%) along with dashes of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. A blend of Royal Slope and Seven Hills Vineyard fruit, it opens with aromas of black cherry, cigar box, green herbs, dried mint and potpourri. The herb and dark-fruit flavors are ripe and expressive, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen.

Nefarious 2013 Estate Defiance Vineyard Syrah Lake Chelan $35 88 points
Aromas of herbs, crushed flowers, peppery spice and dark fruit are followed by sweet cherry flavors that taper toward the finish. The volatiles are just in check.

Nefarious 2013 Rx-3 Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 88 points
Lightly volatile aromas are followed by focused cherry and spice flavors that linger. There are good things going on here, but the aromas provide distraction.

Nefarious 2012 Estate Rocky Mother Syrah Columbia Valley $45 88 points
Aromas of ripe red apple and pencil lead are followed by tart cherry and cranberry flavors. It’s a unique interpretation of the variety.

Nefarious 2013 Defiance Vineyard Estate Grown Malbec Lake Chelan $35 89 points
The variety announces itself, with pleasing aromas of plum, boysenberry, black pepper and dried herbs. The flavors are elegant and show a dazzling sense of purity.

Nefarious 2014 Estate Grown Defiance Vineyard Viognier Lake Chelan $20 88 points
Aromas of lees and spice edge out peach and pear notes. The palate is dry and creamy in feel, with the fruit flavors light and elegant. The lees influence dominates.

Nefarious 2014 Consequence White Blend Lake Chelan $19 88 points
This wine is a unique blend of Roussanne (59%), Sauvignon Blanc (26%) and Marsanne. The aromas are perfumed with notes of flowers, citrus, peach and lees. The flavors are sweet, with Sauvignon’s herbal streak running throughout. It provides intrigue.

Nefarious 2013 Stone’s Throw Estate Grown Riesling Columbia Valley $20 88 points
Coming from the winery’s vineyard just outside the Lake Chelan appellation, this wine is moderately aromatic with notes of lime, pear, flowers and diesel. It drinks off dry, with abundant stone-fruit flavors that linger.

Newhouse Family 2014 Cottontop Aligoté Snipes Mountain $36 90 points
This rare varietal bottling brings aromas of spice and malolactic notes. The palate is broad in feel while remaining light on its feet.

Newhouse Family 2010 Vestige Red Blend Snipes Mountain $48 88 points
This is an unusual blend of Syrah (35%), Malbec (25%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Baking-spice, vanilla, clove and plum aromas are followed by cranberry and cherry flavors that taper toward the finish.

Newsprint 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $18 87 points
This wine starts out quite reduced before it blows off. Aromas of toast and barrel spices are followed by elegant fruit flavors. It goes down easy.

Newsprint 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $25 88 points
Dried herb and barrel spice aromas intermingle with gamey notes. The flavors are pitch black, supported by the burly tannins that this region is known for.

Pepper Bridge 2013 Estate Vineyards Merlot Walla Walla Valley $50 90 points
The aromas are light, with notes of barrel spice, mocha, herb and red fruit. The palate is very pretty, almost delicate, with the tannins showing some grip.

Pepper Bridge 2013 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Walla Walla Valley $60 91 points
This wine is half Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc (22% each), topped off by Petit Verdot. The aromas of fresh herbs, flowers and blue fruit are still wound up. The palate shows more tannic heft than this vineyard is often known for, needing some time in the cellar to soften. Best after 2020.

Pomum 2014 Upland Vineyard Riesling Snipes Mountain $16 89 points
The aromas of whole lime, flowers, jasmine and watermelon Jolly Rancher pop. It drinks off dry, with floral flavors that carry through the finish.

Pomum 2014 Chardonnay Yakima Valley $26 89 points
Lees aromas are at the fore. The palate is thick in feel, showing a good sense of balance that intrigues.

Pomum 2014 Oasis Farms Riesling Yakima Valley $16 87 points
This wine is surprisingly brooding for the variety, with notes of jasmine, flowers and apricot struggling to get to the surface. The floral flavors are dry and light weight, providing intrigue.

Pomum 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $32 90 points
The aromas of thistle, tire rubber, maraschino cherry and spice are light and elusive, with fruit notes lurking in the background. The dark-fruit flavors are plush and full in feel, while showing pleasing subtleties. One wants more aromatic generosity but the palate brings plenty of appeal.

Pondera 2012 Cuvée Columbia Valley $19 88 points
This wine is nearly two-thirds Cabernet Franc with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It opens with fragrant aromas of cherry, coffee, green herbs and floral notes that are followed by an elegantly styled palate backed by a light grip of tannins. Coffee flavors linger on the finish.

Renegade 2015 Rosé Columbia Valley $12 87 points
This wine is mostly Syrah (80%) with the rest made up of Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache. A pretty pale pink color, it’s aromatically expressive with fruit-filled notes of strawberry and cherry. The palate contains the slightest suggestion of sweetness, with light-bodied orange-peel and tart fruit flavors that draw out on the finish. Best Buy

Ross Andrew 2015 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Gris Columbia Gorge $20 87 points
After starting out quite reduced, this wine displays aromas of hazelnut and spice. The palate drinks off dry, with lightly styled citrus flavors. The concentration doesn’t seem all there.

Ryan Patrick 2015 Rosé Columbia Valley $12 89 points
This coral-pink-colored wine brings light aromas of cherry and spice. It drinks a hair off dry, with a rounded, fleshy feel and a mouthwatering finish. Best Buy

Ryan Patrick 2014 Reserve Bacchus Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $30 88 points
Bright aromas of vanilla, toast and wood spice lead to a full-bodied, rich palate. The style gets out in front of the fruit but there’s still much to enjoy.

Ryan Patrick 2014 Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 88 points
The aromas are light, with notes of yellow apple and spice. The palate is rounded in feel, showing a lovely sense of texture. Best Buy

Sagelands 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $10 86 points
Tire rubber, currant and spice aromas are followed by pleasing, plentiful dark-fruit flavors. The tannins bring some grit. Best Buy

Savage Grace 2015 Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rattlesnake Hills $28 91 points
Light in color, this wine offers very pretty aromas of flowers, raspberries and rhubarb. The flavors are primary and appealing, showing a lot of elegance and restraint with a drawn-out finish. It shows no apparent new oak influence, giving a dazzling sense of purity. Editor’s Choice

Saviah 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points
Hailing from McClellan, Seven Hills and Anna Marie vineyards, this wine opens with aromas of fresh and dried herbs, black licorice and dark cherry along with a toasty top note. It coats the palate with velvety fruit flavors, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen.

Saviah 2013 Reserve Syrah Walla Walla Valley $45 93 points
Funk Estate (60%) and Watermill vineyards—both in The Rocks District—make up this wine. It’s initially aromatically brooding with high-toned notes of stems, green herbs, coffee, funk and mineral, with generous floral notes providing accents. The palate is rounded and full, with fruit and savory flavors intertwining, showing a very pretty precision. The finish is lengthy.

Saviah 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $45 91 points
This wine is a mix of fruit from Anna Marie and McClellan Estate vineyards. The aromas offer notes of dark roasted coffee, vanilla, herbs, spice and cherry, with the barrel notes initially at the fore. The palate is textured and supple, with the feel and flavors keeping the attention high.

Saviah 2014 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $25 89 points
Pleasing aromas of fresh pear, tropical fruit, melted butter and vanilla are followed by rounded pear and vanilla flavors that show a light touch.

Saviah 2012 The Stones Speak Syrah Walla Walla Valley $55 92 points
Aromas of green herbs, flowers, earth and mineral start out quite brooding. The smoked meat and savory flavors are very pretty, showing a light touch. The finish lingers.

Saviah 2013 The Funk Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 94 points
The aromas of this wine pop, with notes of fresh flowers, green herbs, olive brine, coffee, grilled asparagus, gravel and a touch of smoked meat lurking in the background. The fruit and savory flavors are plush and palate-coating in feel, with floral and smoked meat notes persisting on the finish. It’s a very pretty interpretation of the area, with a compelling sense of balance. Editor’s Choice

Saviah 2013 Une Vallée Walla Walla Valley $35 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Merlot (38%) make up the majority of this wine with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A blend of McClellan, Seven Hills and Anna Marie vineyards, it brings generous aromas of fresh herbs and cherry, with light barrel accents. The palate is soft and supple, showing a very pretty, elegant styling.

Seven Falls 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $20 90 points
Aromas of vanilla, herb, cocoa and barrel spice lead the nose of this attractive Cab. The well-balanced palate offers coffee and dark fruit flavors that transition seamlessly into a lingering finish.

Seven Hills 2015 Dry Rosé Columbia Valley $17 88 points
This wine is principally Cabernet Franc along with dollops of Malbec and Petit Verdot. A pretty pale salmon color, it offers very primary aromas of strawberry, green pepper and spice. The palate drinks dry with lovely fruit flavors and acid that brings tension and keeps the interest high.

Six Prong 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $17 88 points
Aromas of plum, blue fruit, cocoa and herbs lead to lead to palate-coating, textured fruit flavors supported by grainy tannins. It doesn’t always seem entirely varietal but still delivers a lot of enjoyment.

Skyfall 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 86 points
The aromas of melon, crème brûlée and baked apple are fresh and inviting. The palate brings sweet, elegant stone-fruit and kiwi flavors that extend through the finish.

Sleight of Hand 2015 Magician’s Assistant Blackrock Vineyard Rosé Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $18 90 points
A pretty pale salmon color, this wine is lightly aromatic with notes of herb and spice, with cherry hovering high above. It’s flavorful yet restrained with a lovely sense of texture.

Snoqualmie 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $10 86 points
Apple and melon aromas are followed by medium-weight flavors. The concentration seems a bit watery in the midpalate but the variety is unmistakable and the balance is there. Best Buy

Snoqualmie 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $10 85 points
The berry, graphite, leather and spice aromas are light. The flavors are plush yet still restrained, showing a sense of balance that carries through the finish. Best Buy

SoDo 2015 Love Birds Rosé Washington $15 90 points
This wine is a blend of Grenache, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Salmon colored, it offers light notes of red apple, melon and a hint of strawberry. The flavors are dry and generous, with a broad feel bringing a lot of appeal. Best Buy

Structure 2013 Foundation Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $32 91 points
High-toned aromas of blueberry, bramble and wood spice are followed by supple fruit flavors that show purity and detail. It has a lovely sense of texture and purity.

Structure 2013 Piloti Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $22 90 points
The aromas are very varietal, with notes of dried and fresh herbs, jalapeño, flowers, anise and dark cherry. The flavors are concentrated and supple, displaying a lot of purity, texture and appeal.

Tenor 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $58 91 points
The aromas bring notes of herbs, green olive, flowers and blue and black fruit. The blue fruit flavors are ripe and full bodied, with spice flavors lingering on the finish.

Tenor 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $58 88 points
All varietal, the aromas juxtapose notes of dark plum and chocolate with generous wood spices. The wood and fruit seem to tussle on the palate, with the wood winning out on the finish.

Three Rivers 2014 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley $22 87 points
Toast, spice, lees and baked-apple aromas are followed by medium-bodied flavors that show restraint.

Three Rivers 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $21 87 points
Aromas of wood spice, plum and herb lead to black fruit flavors and chalky, dry tannins that make it hard to access.

Three Rivers 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $39 87 points
Aromas of wood spice, plum and herb lead to black-fruit flavors and chalky, dry tannins that make it hard to access.

Three Rivers 2011 Svelte Columbia Valley $50 87 points
This wine is three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aromas of herbs, flowers and dark fruit lead to tightly wound fruit flavors. The acid is fresh but the tannins bring a lot of grit.

Three Rivers 2013 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $39 87 points
Aromas of blue fruit and herbs lead to a plentiful, full-flavored palate that brings a lot of appeal. The tannins bring some grit.

Three Rivers 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $29 88 points
Light aromas of clove, spice and herb are followed by plump plum and herb flavors that bring freshness, with grainy tannins providing support. It brings a lot of easy-drinking appeal.

Three Rivers 2015 Estate Rosé Walla Walla Valley $14 85 points
A pretty peach color, this wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc (79%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of dried herbs, bell pepper and spice lead to dry cherry and green pepper flavors. There’s interest but the bell pepper notes take over.

Three Rivers 2013 Malbec-Merlot Columbia Valley $29 87 points
Equally proportioned between the two varieties, this wine shows perfumed aromas of green herbs, coffee, dark plum and floral notes. The fruit flavors are elegant, with chalky, lightly drying tannins.

Three Rivers 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $21 88 pointsThe aromas offer light notes of vanilla, plum and clove. The palate is full and generously flavored, with the tannins bringing some grit.

Three Rivers 2014 River's Red Wine Red Blend Columbia Valley $14 89 points
This wine is composed of five varieties, with none making up more than 21% of the blend. Fresh aromas of berry, cranberry, red currant and herbs are followed by fruit-forward cherry and berry flavors that bring appeal. Best Buy

Three Rivers 2015 Rosé Columbia Valley $14 86 points
A blend of six different varieties with Syrah (61%) taking the lead, this pink-colored wine offers aromas of bubblegum, spice and herb. The off-dry cherry flavors seem a bit watery, winnowing toward the finish.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Estate Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $40 89 points
Aromas of gun smoke, blue fruit and herbs are followed by palate-coating cherry and chocolate flavors. The finish is impressive.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $32 91 points
This is a rare, 100% varietal, single-vineyard Malbec. It downright dazzles with notes of dark plum and spice that are followed by seamless, pure, elegant fruit flavors. Editor’s Choice

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Bello Rosso Red Blend Columbia Valley $38 89 points
This wine is equal parts Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet takes the lead on the aromas, with notes of dark cherry and dried herbs along with hints of toast, coffee and cocoa. The elegant milk chocolate and cherry flavors are brightened by the Sangiovese’s tart acidity.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $30 91 points
Aromas of spice, red fruit and milk chocolate are followed by an opulent palate of fruit and barrel flavors. It appeals on every level.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Sangiovese Columbia Valley $25 88 points
The aromas bring appeal, with notes of sour cherry, herbs and spice. The palate is light bodied, tart and elegant, with a coffee-filled finish. It’s a pretty expression of the variety.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $38 89 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from five different vineyards scattered across the valley. The aromas of barrel spice, black cherry, dried leaves, herbs and flowers still seem quite locked up. The flavors are generous and full with palate coating milk chocolate and cherry flavors with a finish that lingers.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $32 90 points
Cabernet Franc has become a signature variety for this winery, and this wine shows why. It’s direct and appealing with lush aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, cherry, barrel spices and flowers, with an herb-filled finish that hangs as long as you care to count. Editor’s Choice

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Cuvée Red Blend Washington $32 90 points
Milk chocolate, dark cherry, herb and floral notes are followed by silky smooth pit fruit flavors that linger.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Red Wine G-S-M Walla Walla Valley $30 88 points
This is the winery’s inaugural vintage of this wine, which blends Birch Creek Grenache (57%) and Mourvèdre (14%) with estate Syrah. The aromas pop, with notes of stargazer lilies, dried tobacco, white pepper and red fruit that lead to soft, silky, very pretty fruit flavors.

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $38 91 points
Hailing from some of the oldest blocks at this esteemed vineyard, this standout wine opens with aromas of toasty spices, herbs, coffee, dark cherry and earth. The palate is reserved with tightly wound fruit flavors and tannins that need some time to unfurl.

Waterbrook 2015 Rosé Sangiovese Columbia Valley $12 85 points
Hot pink in color, this wine offers reduced aromas of herbs and cranberry that are followed by off-dry citrus-peel and kiwi flavors. It’s a straightforward quaffer.

Waters 2012 Interlude Washington $28 92 points
This wine is half Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon (31%), Cabernet Franc (16%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Malbec. It draws you into the glass with high-toned aromas of dried herbs, espresso, red and black fruit, along with floral notes. The palate is poised and polished, showing depth, texture and layering well beyond its weight class. It appeals on every level. Editor’s Choice

Waters 2015 Prelude White Blend Washington $28 92 points
The aromas pop on this blend of Alder Ridge Roussanne (57%) and Antoine Creek Viognier, with perfumed notes of flowers, pear and peach, along with light herb and spice grace notes. Palate coating, it brings a sense of gravitas and delight. It’s fruitful and flavorful, offering richness while retaining its deftness, with a sense of texture that is knee buckling. Editor’s Choice

Waters 2015 Rosé Washington $18 90 points
A blend of co-fermented Syrah (60%) and Viognier, this wine is a very pretty pale copper color with just a tinge of salmon. It offers nuanced aromas of pear, strawberry and white flowers. The palate is dry and fresh, sleek but with depth and texture to the fruit flavors.

Waters 2015 Patina Vineyard Rosé Walla Walla Valley $23 91 points
All Syrah, this pale copper-colored wine offers very pretty aromas of watermelon, pear and cherry. The palate is elegantly styled, dry, fresh and vibrant with spritely acidity and a drawn-out, citrus-filled finish. Editor’s Choice

Waters 2014 Patina Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
This is the first release from this particular vineyard for the Syrah-focused winery. Its aromas, which pop with notes of strawberry and spice, have both herbal and copper-penny undertones. The fruit and savory flavors play well off of each other, showing a sense of elegance and deftness, with a touch of new wood that contributes to the flavor and feel. The finish stretches out. It still drinks quite young and if the aromas meld together could move up a notch or two.

Waters 2013 Capella Washington $40 92 points
This wine is a blend of Stone Tree Cabernet Franc (60%) and Canoe Ridge Merlot. It brings very pretty aromas of savory herbs, green and red peppers, spice and red fruit followed by a pretty, generous and textured palate that captivates the senses. The impeccable balance kicks it up a notch.

Waters 2014 Merlot Washington $NA 92 points
The winery’s first varietal Merlot is a blend of fruit from the Canoe Ridge, Stone Tree and Cold Creek vineyards. The aromas are locked up at present with notes of dark fruit, crushed flowers and spice that lead to ripe, plush fruit flavors backed by a firm spine of tannins that need time to unwind. It’s the most unabashedly forward wine this winery has made to date. Give it plenty of time to open up; it delivers.

Waters 2012 Stone Tree Tempranillo Wahluke Slope $28 93 points
This is the winery’s first commercial release of this varietal, all aged in neutral French oak. It offers nuanced aromas of spice, tobacco, vanilla and savory notes that are followed by plentiful, palate-coating red and blue-fruit flavors that extend out through a long, fruit and spice-filled finish. Firm tannins provide the structure. It needs time still but possesses a delicious factor that is impossible to ignore.

Waters 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $50 93 points
This wine is 100% varietal, with Cold Creek Vineyard providing the backbone. It starts out quite brooding, with aromas of savory herbs, spice, cranberry and blue and black fruit. The palate is layered with focused, plentiful dark-cherry, currant and spice flavors with a mouthfeel that downright dazzles. It’s Cabernet at its finest. Give it time to open up.

William Church 2012 Sur La Mer Columbia Valley $38 91 points
Two-thirds Merlot with the rest made up of near equal parts of the other four Bordeaux varieties, this wine opens with aromas of toast, spice, plum, licorice, herbs and red and black fruit. The black-fruit flavors are fresh and exquisitely balanced, with a finish that persists.

William Church 2013 Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $40 92 points
Coming from one of the state’s top Syrah sites, this wine starts out quite aromatically closed up, with notes of brambly blue fruit and herbs, along with whiffs of orange peel and smoked meat. The flavors, in contrast, pop with electric notes of dark plum and huckleberry and lingering undercurrents of smoked meat and orange rind. Give it some time to open up and it delivers.

William Church 2013 Tres Bien Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $36 91 points
Fresh, savory herb and barrel-spice aromas intertwine, with dark fruit lurking in the background. The black-fruit flavors are supple and show a sense of polish.

William Church 2013 Gamache Vineyard Malbec Columbia Valley $40 91 points
Dark plum, black-pepper and fresh herb aromas intertwine with light barrel spices. It’s fresh, fruit forward and flavorful, bringing a whole lot of enjoyment and showing a real sense of deftness despite the warmth of the vintage. Editor’s Choice

William Church 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45 90 points
Opening aromas of fresh, high-toned herbs and spice are followed by plentiful dark plum and cherry flavors that show elegance and persistence. It doesn’t always seem varietal but provides a lot of enjoyment.

Wine o'Clock NV Snipes Creek Redd Red Blend Washington $26 90 points
Aromas of raspberries, vanilla and coconut lead to lightly styled fruit and barrel flavors. It’s all about elegance.

Wine o'Clock 2014 Riesling Columbia Valley $18 89 points
Bright aromas of jasmine, lime leaf and peach are followed by off-dry fruit flavors, with jasmine and stone fruit lingering on the finish. The concentration wavers in the middle but regains its balance.

Wine o'Clock 2014 Rosé Columbia Valley $18 86 points
Hot pink in color and showing some bricking, light aromas of cherry and spice are followed by broad-feeling fruit flavors that are a hair off dry. It comes off as a bit ponderous but there’s enjoyment to be had.

Wine o'Clock 2013 Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley $18 86 points
The aromas of rose petal and pink grapefruit are light and easy going. It drinks dry with lightly oily floral flavors.

Wondrous 2012 I.Q. Red Columbia Valley $14 89 points
Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine opens with aromas of dried herb and blue and black fruit, along with a toasty top note. The flavors show restraint, with firm tannins backing them up. The concentration isn’t all there in the middle but there’s still much to enjoy. Best Buy

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