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Wine Enthusiast Reviews for December 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for December 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.

** Please note, starting with the February issue Washington scores will be published monthly instead of every other month. **

283 wines reviewed in the December 31st issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. These include standout wines from Christophe Baron at his Horsepower VineyardsCayuse Vineyards, and No Girls projects (Horsepower 2013 Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $120, 95 pointsHorsepower 2013 The Tribe Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $12096 pointsCayuse 2013 Bionic Frog Syrah Walla Walla Valley $10595 pointsCayuse 2013 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $8095 points).

New Walla Walla winery Aluvé crafts some impressive inaugural red releases (Aluvé 2012 Primo Volo Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $4891 pointsAluvé 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $4890 points).

Meanwhile Angel Vine continues to impress with their Zinfandels (Angel Vine 2012 Alder Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel Columbia Valley $2491 pointsAngel Vine 2012 Stonetree Vineyard Zinfandel Columbia Valley $2490 points).

Animale offers a well-priced Petit Sirah (Animale 2013 Reserve Petite Sirah Yakima Valley $2691 points).

Chris Gorman’s crafts impressive Chardonnays (Ashan 2014 Kestrel Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $4092 pointsGorman 2015 Old Scratch Chardonnay Columbia Valley $2091 points).

Ben Smith at Cadence continues to offer some of the most compeling Bordeaux-stye blends to be found in the state (Cadence 2013 Ciel du Cheval Red Blend Red Mountain $4592 pointsCadence 2013 Camerata Cara Mia Vineyard  Red Blend Red Mountain $6092 pointsCadence 2013 Taptiel Vineyard  Red Blend Red Mountain $4592 points). You can’t beat the quality and value of the Coda Red Blend (Cadence 2014 Coda Red Blend Red Mountain $2891 points).

Gård Vintners shows that Lawrence Vineyards is a special spot for Syrah (Gård 2013 Grand Klasse Reserve Lawrence Vineyards Syrah Columbia Valley $5093 points).

Speaking on Syrah, few are doing it better in Washington than Gramercy Cellars (Gramercy 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $4093 pointsGramercy 2013 Forgotten Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $6093 points).

Kerloo Cellars delivers two high quality-to-price ratio wines with their Kerloo 2014 Majestic Red Blend Columbia Valley ($24, 92 points) and Kerloo 2014 Blue Mountain Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($2093 points).

Meanwhile Soos Creek continues to make outstanding wines for the price as well (Soos Creek 2013 Palisades Merlot Columbia Valley $3090 pointsSoos Creek 2013 Champoux Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $3591 pointsSoos Creek 2013 Stampede Pass Red Blend Columbia Valley $3091 points).

Tenet Wines latest Syrah is perhaps the finest Washington Syrah you can find for this price (Tenet 2014 The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley $2593 points). It’s well worth the look.

Last but not least, don’t miss great values from Chateau Ste Michelle (Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley $989 pointsChateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Riesling Columbia Valley $988 points) and Columbia Crest (Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $1290 points).

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14 Hands 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $30 87 points
Milk chocolate, toast and raspberry aromas are followed by quite sweet fruit flavors. It’s unabashed in its easy-drinking appeal.

14 Hands 2013 The Reserve Cabernet Franc-Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $30 91 points
Cabernet Franc makes up almost two-thirds of this wine, with the rest Merlot. Aromas of vanilla, cocoa, baking spice, flowers and cherry are followed by plentiful dark-fruit flavors and a tart finish, with the tannins providing a squeeze.

14 Hands 2014 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $NA 91 points
This young wine offers aromas of jammy black fruit and spice. The dark chocolate and cherry flavors are pretty and polished, with fine-grained tannins backing them up.

14 Hands 2015 The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $22 86 points
Reticent aromas of kiwi and herb are followed by tart, medium bodied citrus flavors. The concentration isn’t as dense as it could be.

14 Hands 2013 The Reserve Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $30 90 points
Aromas of plum, blueberry, vanilla and spice are followed by plush, ample fruit flavors. It brings a lot of appeal, with baking-spice flavors lingering on the finish.

Adams Bench 2013 Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $NA 88 points
Aromas of cough syrup, bittersweet chocolate, anise and dark fruit lead to full-bodied sweet-cherry flavors. Layers of firm, dry tannins provide the frame.

Adams Bench 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $70 92 points
Bright aromas of blackberry, cassis, pencil lead and black cherry are followed by full-bodied black-fruit flavors backed by a firm lick of chewy tannins. The finish lingers and the mouthfeel heightens the interest. Give the tannins some time to settle in. Best after 2020. Cellar Selection

Adams Bench 2013 The V Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $54 91 points
The aromas bring brooding notes of black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and wood accents. The palate is power packed and tightly wound with firm but not unyielding tannins. It needs time in the cellar or a long decant.

Airfield Estates 2013 Mustang Red Blend Yakima Valley $25 88 points
Syrah makes up three-quarters of this wine with Grenache (20%) and Syrah accounting for the rest. It’s fragrant with aromas of raspberry, cherry, herb and allspice that lead to plush, downright jammy fruit flavors that still show a deft touch.

Airfield Estates 2013 Merlot Yakima Valley $25 88 points
Raspberry, oak, wood spice, vanilla and herb aromas are followed by plump, jammy red-fruit flavors that provide appeal.

Airfield Estates 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $15 85 points
Bright aromas of melon, pear and herb lead to tart dry fruit flavors. The concentration comes off as quite light.

Airfield Estates 2014 Red Blend Yakima Valley $18 90 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Malbec (4%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of freshly hewn wood, cherry and herb are followed by plentiful black fruits that linger on the finish. The oak plays prominently at times but it works.

Airfield Estates 2015 Rosé Yakima Valley $15 87 points
This wine is 100% Sangiovese and is a pale pink color. Aromas of cherry bubblegum and herb lead to a dry full-feeling palate. The alcohol pokes out a bit at times but it still provides enjoyment.

Airfield Estates 2015 Sweet Riesling Yakima Valley $15 87 points
The aromas of jasmine and stone fruit seem quite subdued for the variety. As promised, the palate boasts plentiful amounts of sugar counterbalanced by stone-fruit flavors.

Alleromb 2013 Vineyard Collection Chardonnay Columbia Valley $48 90 points
The aromas bring notes of cream, padded butter and summer squash. The palate is rich and creamy, made in a full-bodied style that brings plenty of appeal.

Aluvé 2012 Primo Volo Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $48 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Malbec (12%) and Merlot. The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of poblano, herb, spice, vanilla and cherry. The palate displays a mixture of fruit and barrel, with tightly wound tannins and bright acidity heightening the interest.

Aluvé 2014 Lewis Vineyard Chardonnay Walla Walla Valley $36 87 points
The caramel, candy corn and peach aromas are rich and nectarous. The palate meanwhile shows delicacy and restraint. At times the concentration isn’t all there but what is present is interesting.

Aluvé 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $48 90 points
This inaugural wine is a mix of fruit from Wild Rose and Yellow Bird vineyards, both located in the up-and-coming Upper Mill Creek area of the valley. Aromas of vanilla, clove, baking spice and dark cherry lead a palate that equally mixes fruit and barrel. The tannins need some time to settle in.

Ambassador Vineyard 2015 Boushey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $22 88 points
Aromas of herb, citrus and mineral are followed by tart, racy citrus flavors. It provides a lot of appeal.

Ambassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Diplomat Red Blend Red Mountain $40 89 points
This wine is an intriguing blend of three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Syrah (20%) and Grenache. Aromas of café au lait, exotic spice, vanilla, wood notes and black cherries lead to tangy cherry flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins.

Ambassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $38 89 points
Wood spice, cherry, vanilla, coffee and exotic spice aromas are followed by herb and cherry flavors. The palate has a silky feel, accented by bright acidity and lightly chalky tannins.

Ambassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Envoy Red Blend Red Mountain $35 88 points
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah take the lead on this blend. Aromas of wood spice, café au lait, cherry and spice box are followed by tobacco and cherry flavors. There are good things going on but the wood gets a bit out front.

Ambassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Grenache Red Mountain $42 89 points
This wine is dark in color for the variety, with aromas of cherry, raspberry, herb, wood spice and potpourri. The dark-cherry flavors are broad and rich, tapering toward the finish.

Ambassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Syrah Red Mountain $30 88 points
Cigar box, café au lait, and dried tobacco aromas are followed by coffee and cherry flavors, with barrel spices lingering on the finish. The wood gets a bit out front but it still delivers enjoyment.

Ambassador Vineyard 2013 Estate Syrah Red Mountain $30 88 points
Cigar box, café au lait, and dried tobacco aromas are followed by coffee and cherry flavors, with barrel spices lingering on the finish. The wood gets a bit out front but it still delivers enjoyment.

Anew 2015 Rosé Columbia Valley $11 88 points
Pale peach in color, this wine offers pleasing aromas of watermelon and strawberry. It drinks just a hair off dry, with a light spritz that perks up the interest.  Best Buy

Anew 2015 Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley $11 87 points
Light aromas of pear, white flowers and melon lead to dry, medium-bodied fruit flavors. It doesn’t bring much complexity but still offers plenty of appeal.  Best Buy

Angel Vine 2012 Stonetree Vineyard Primitivo Columbia Valley $24 90 points
Jammy cranberry, raspberry and maraschino cherry aromas lead to full-bodied very pure fruit flavors that linger on the finish. It pulls no punches but also pulls it off.

Angel Vine 2013 Primitivo Columbia Valley $24 89 points
Lively aromas of brambly red fruit and spice are followed by plump raspberry flavors. It shows a lot of freshness and purity.

Angel Vine 2012 Alder Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel Columbia Valley $24 91 points
Coming from the Horse Heaven Hills region, this wine offers appealing aromas of cranberry, raspberry fruit leather, red currant and spice—all displaying a fine sense of purity. The tart fruit flavors are broad and generous but stay in balance. Editor’s Choice

Angel Vine 2012 Stonetree Vineyard Petite Sirah Columbia Valley $24 91 points
Aromas of tar, flowers, barrel spice and dark fruit lead to palate-staining purple-fruit flavors backed by firm but quite well integrated tannins. It shows a compelling sense of purity.

Angel Vine 2012 Stonetree Vineyard Zinfandel Columbia Valley $24 90 points
Vibrant aromas of cranberry, raspberry and red currant are followed by full-bodied jammy red-fruit flavors. It drinks quite sweet but overall holds the sugar well and the acid provides a counterbalance.

Angel Vine 2012 Coyote Canyon Primitivo Columbia Valley $24 88 points
This Horse Heaven Hills grown wine shows aromas of tobacco, dried flowers, herbs and red and blue fruit. The palate is full bodied, with tart acidity brightening the flavors.

Animale 2013 Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $28 90 points
Brooding aromas of violets, moist soil and purple fruit are followed by a palate with bright, citric acidity. It shows impeccable balance, with the variety’s often burly tannins well tamed. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.

Animale 2013 Petite Sirah Yakima Valley $24 88 points
This wine presents aromas of flowers and purple fruit that are almost animalistic in nature. The palate boasts bright acidity and firm but far from inaccessible tannins. It’s the purity, however, that most impresses.

Animale 2013 Reserve Petite Sirah Yakima Valley $26 91 points
The aromas start out quite locked up, with notes of purple fruit and flowers. The palate reveals fresh, quite pure aromas, with well-balanced acid and tannins and a finish that lingers.

Animale 2013 Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $25 89 points
The aromas of flowers, herb, cedar, game and plum are appealing. The flavors are light and fresh, with snappy tart acidity livening things up.

Ashan 2014 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $40 91 points
This wine was barrel fermented and aged in 100% new French oak. Aromas of sweet spices, toast and stone fruit are followed by a full-bodied palate. It shows a lovely sense of texture.

Ashan 2014 Kestrel Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $40 92 points
Reserved aromas of pencil lead, butterscotch and spice are followed by a full-bodied, creamy feeling palate, with a thread of lemony acidity that runs throughout. It’s a compelling example of the variety, with a finish that won’t quit.

Ashan 2014 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $40 90 points
Barrel fermented and aged in once-used French oak, this wine offers generous aromas of corn on the cob, corn silk, baked apple and spice. The flavors are silky and restrained, showing a lovely sense of balance.

Basel Cellars 2011 Claret Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 90 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) and Cabernet Franc (42%) take the lead on this blend. The aromas suggest notes of dried herb, cherry, vanilla and pencil shavings while the palate offers elegantly styled dark-fruit flavors with toasty accents. It’s a very pretty expression of the vintage.

Basel Cellars 2012 Estate Merriment Red Blend Columbia Valley $48 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up three-quarters of this blend. Subtle aromas of baking spice, vanilla and cherry lead to tart well-proportioned pit-fruit flavors. It shows a fine sense of balance.

Basel Cellars 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $36 89 points
100% varietal, this wine exhibits aromas of dried herb, cigar box, and cherry. The flavors are tart, light and elegant, harmonizing on the finish.

Basel Cellars 2011 Merlot Columbia Valley $34 88 points
Aromas of vanilla, spice box, toast and jammy red fruit are followed by quite elegant fruit flavors. The tannins seem a bit bunched up.

Basel Cellars 2011 Estate Malbec Columbia Valley $34 87 points
Already a full five-years-old, this cool vintage wine brings aromas of freshly brewed coffee, baking spice, vanilla, green herb and tobacco. The flavors are light and elegant, showing a pretty styling but the concentration doesn’t always seem fully there.

Basel Cellars 2012 Estate Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $36 88 points
The aromas bring notes of dried and fresh herb, citrus twist, baking spice, wood spice and cherry. The cherry and pencil lead flavors show a sense of poise and polish.

Basel Cellars 2013 Estate Double River Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $32 90 points
Bright aromas of smoke, green olive, flowers, roasted meat, toast and huckleberry are followed by ripe full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors. A lightly creamy feel heightens the interest.

Basel Cellars 2012 Estate Inspired Red Blend Columbia Valley $46 91 points
This wine is 64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc. High-toned aromas of herb, cherry, cigar box, vanilla and baking spice are followed by coffee and cherry flavors that display a pleasing sense of balance, with espresso notes lingering on the finish.

Brian Carter Cellars 2015 Abracadabra Rosé Columbia Valley $25 88 points
Hot pink in color, this wine offer plentiful aromas of cherry and watermelon. It drinks off dry, with sugary sweet-fruit flavors that provide appeal.

Brian Carter Cellars 2014 Oriana White Blend Yakima Valley $24 89 points
A unique blend of Viognier (50%), Roussanne (41%) and Riesling, this wine offers light notes of peach and pear. The palate is full of stone-fruit flavors backed by vibrant acidity that piques the interest.

Browne Family Vineyards 2014 Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $48 90 points
The aromas are reserved, with notes of wood spice at the fore along with chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. The chocolate-covered-cherry flavors show polish, backed by lightly grainy tannins.

Cadence 2013 Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $60 91 points
Cabernet Franc makes up two-thirds of this wine with the rest Merlot. It dazzles with aromas of flowers, red fruit and mineral that are followed by generous amounts of dark fruit along with cranberry-like acidity.

Cadence 2013 Ciel du Cheval Red Blend Red Mountain $45 92 points
Cabernet Franc (39%) takes the lead followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Petit Verdot (15%) and Merlot. Aromas of black currant, licorice, pencil lead and flowers are followed by ripe generous fruit flavors. The tannins are combed to a fine sheen.

Cadence 2013 Camerata Cara Mia Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $60 92 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of black fruit, spice and black licorice are followed by dark-fruit flavors that bring a dazzling sense of purity and restraint. The balance is impeccable.

Cadence 2014 Coda Red Blend Red Mountain $28 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Cabernet Franc (33%), Merlot (20%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of earth, herb, flowers and red and black fruit are followed by well-proportioned dark-fruit flavors that show a lot of structure. It’s a great introduction to the house style. Editor’s Choice

Cadence 2013 Taptiel Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $45 92 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (71%), with the rest Merlot (18%) and Cabernet Franc. Very pure aromas of black cherry and black currant are followed by cranberry and tart fruit flavors surrounded by a firm structure. It shows a lovely sense of restraint and balance, especially considering the warm region and vintage.

Castillo De Feliciana 2014 Brillánte Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley $30 87 points
Aromas of citrus rind, baking spice and baked bread fill the aromas. The palate is tart with lively fruit flavors.

Cayuse 2012 Wallah Wallah Special #4 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $165 94 points
A unique blend of several of the winery’s vineyards, this wine brings brooding notes of smoked ham, raw meat, lilac, fire pit and peat, with a thread of minerality that runs throughout. The flavors are full but deft, showing abundant smoked meat and savory notes along with a finish that seems near endless. The balance is perfectly spot-on.

Cayuse 2013 Wallah Wallah Special #5 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $175 93 points
This is a funky briny wine that still seems a bit closed up on first pour. The palate is silky and focused, not having fully come together as of yet but still offering generous fruit, smoked meat and other savory flavors. It’s all about elegance.

Cayuse 2013 Impulsivo En Chamberlain Vineyard Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley $90 93 points
This offers brooding, quite locked-up aromas of pencil eraser, cherry, herbs, funk and moist earth. The palate is seamless with inky dark fruit and savory flavors, showing a compelling sense of balance.

Cayuse 2014 Edith Rosé Armada Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $NA 91 points
A very pretty pale-copper color with a tinge of pink, this wine offers delicate, nuanced aromas of orange peel and mineral. The palate has a lightly creamy feel, showing a lot of freshness and tension.

Cayuse 2013 Flying Pig Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $90 93 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc (45%), Merlot (45%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromas—both perfumed and subtle—pop with notes of flowers, cassis bud, moist earth, funk, orange peel and red fruit. The flavors are concentrated and velvety, displaying a soft, compelling feel.

Cayuse 2013 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $80 94 points
The aromas pop with notes of funk, smoked meat, red fruit, flowers, stems and orange peel. It’s compact out of the gate with concentrated, tightly wound, salty flavors of olive brine, crushed rock and violets. It shows an exquisite sense of balance and a crazy long finish.

Cayuse 2013 Bionic Frog Syrah Walla Walla Valley $105 95 points
Out of the gate this wine reveals quite savory aromas of stems, fire pit, soot, black olive and light flowers. The flavors are intense and tightly wound, showing a lot of structure along with elegance. It’s a flat out stunner, showing grace and power as well as a hyper-extended finish.

Cayuse 2013 The Lovers Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $95 93 points
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) with the rest Syrah, this wine offers aromas of fresh tobacco, cherry, cassis bud and smoke. The palate is broad and flavorful, showing a bit more fruit than is often seen from this typically mineral-driven region.

Cayuse 2013 Camespelo Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $80 93 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (81%) takes the lead on this wine with the rest Merlot. Intriguing aromas of dried herb, moist earth, funk and blackberry reveal a palate full of concentrated fruit and savory flavors. It shows a sense of freshness and finesse.

Cayuse 2013 The Widowmaker En Chamberlain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $90 92 points
Expressive aromas of funk, ember, moist soil, truffle, olive and high-toned dried herbs are followed by a freshly elegant and flavor-focused palate. The balance and length are exquisite.

Cayuse 2013 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $80 95 points
The aromas are perfumed and expressive, with notes of crushed flowers, brown stems, black olive, sea salt, smoked meat and funk. The flavors are dense and intense, but still with a silky feel. It’s a classic example of this producer, with a finish that just won’t quit. Editor’s Choice

Cayuse 2014 Cailloux Vineyard Viognier Walla Walla Valley $NA 91 points
This is an aromatic wine, with vibrant yet still subtle notes of flowers, peach, citrus, lemon curd and wet stone. The fruit and savory flavors dance lightly on the palate, showing a lovely sense of finesse and grace. The balance is impeccable.

Cayuse 2013 God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $95 93 points
This wine is perfumed with notes of potpourri, red fruit, funk, crushed gravel, ash, olive, orange peel and peat. The palate explodes with fruit and savory flavors that bring a sense of depth but also a sense of elegance and weightlessness. A hyper-extended savory finish kicks it up a notch.

Cayuse 2013 En Chamberlain Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $80 94 points
Aromas of ground violets, charcoal, smoke, iron, black fruit, tar and salami lead a salty, briny, expressive palate that shows depth concentration and elegance. A long finish caps it off.

Cayuse 2013 Armada Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $95 94 points
The lilac, charcuterie, peat, smoke and black and green-olive aromas are tightly wound. The palate is focused, flavorful and energetic, showing depth and intensity while remaining quite light on its feet.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley $9 89 points
The aromas are vibrant, with notes of pear, honeysuckle and peach. The palate is full flavored, dry as promised, with a zing of tart acidity that stitches it all together. It’s an outstanding value that shows a beautiful sense of balance.  Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $28 91 points
The aromas bring notes of toast, spice and dark fruit. The flavors are pitch black, showing the warmth of the vintage and appellation along with their appeal.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 90 points
Aromas of black fruit, spiced plum, vanilla and herb lead to full dark fruit flavors. It shows a lot of ripeness but keeps it in balance.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley $16 88 points
Still settling into the bottle, this wine is aromatically quiet, with notes of white flowers and pear. It drinks off dry, with generous amounts of stone-fruit flavors. If the aromas blossom, it could move up a notch as the flavors are quite well proportioned.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $10 88 points
Pinot Gris has been making inroads in Washington of late and this producer has been leading the way. Pleasing aromas of apple and melon lead to dry full-feeling fruit flavors that linger on the finish.  Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Riesling Columbia Valley $9 88 points
Perfumed aromas of lime leaf, white peach and flowers are followed by an off-dry palate, chock full of stone-fruit flavors. Pair it with spicy Thai food.  Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 89 points
Blackberry jam aromas are followed by fleshy and full dark-fruit flavors, surrounded by a layer of fine grained tannins. It provides a lot of quality and value.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley $40 91 points
The aromas are exuberant, with appealing notes of apricot, pineapple, honey, white flowers and citrus. The citrus and tropical-fruit flavors are rich yet elegant, topped by a lengthy finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $24 88 points
The aromas of coffee, red currant and red plum are bright and effusive, with tar and cough medicine notes in the background. The cherry flavors are plush and full, with coffee notes lingering on the finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $48 89 points
Aromas of tar, tire rubber, coffee, black fruit and spice lead to vanilla, cocoa and cherry flavors, with vanilla notes on the finish. The oak seems a bit heavy handed at times.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley $36 88 points
The oak is at the fore of the aromas, with notes of vanilla, toast and spice along with cream. The flavors are full bodied with a lightly creamy feel.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $15 88 points
The aromas are light with notes of herb, citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is a bit more generous, showing pleasing herb and tropical fruit notes accented by tart acidity.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Artist Series Red Blend Columbia Valley $65 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) takes the lead in this wine, followed by Merlot (29%), Malbec (3%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, graphite, and red and black fruit are followed by palate-coating fruit and barrel flavors backed by firm but well-integrated tannins.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $10 86 points
The aromas of herb, kiwi and citrus are quite light. The tropical flavors are elegant and spritely, tingling the palate with a light effervescence.  Best Buy

Cloudlift Cellars 2015 Lucy Rosé of Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $16 87 points
This wine is pale pink in color. Lightly reduced aromas of dried herb and cherry are followed by an elegantly styled palate, etched with orange-peel flavors. It brings intrigue but the concentration doesn’t always seem all there.

Col Solare 2013 Red Blend Red Mountain $75 92 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) takes the lead on this wine, with the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. Aromas of blackberry, blue fruit, flowers and barrel spice are followed by pitch-black-fruit flavors. Lightly chewy tannins provide some heft but have room to broaden.

Columbia Crest 2013 Beverly Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $40 90 points
Vineyard designated Cabernet Francs are an extreme rarity in the state. This one brings aromas of plum, herb, vanilla and pencil lead that are followed by pillow-soft fruit flavors. The variety doesn’t always show through but it provides enjoyment.

Columbia Crest 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45 92 points
The aromas of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and black cherry are still locked up but provide appeal. The flavors are textured and full, showing layers of dark fruit that undulate into the distance and display a fine sense of balance.

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Syrah Columbia Valley $12 88 points
Barrel aromas of vanilla and mocha are at the fore, followed by blue fruit and blackberries. The palate displays a mixture of fruit and barrel flavors that linger through the finish.  Best Buy

Columbia Crest 2013 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 90 points
Merlot (64%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) makes up the majority of this wine, which is topped off by smidgens of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The aromas of raspberries, black cherries and milk chocolate are generous, while the palate brings a sense of smoothness and balance.

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $12 90 points
The aromas of milk chocolate, cherry and spice bring immediate appeal. The flavors are silky and polished, showing equal parts fruit and barrel.  Best Buy

Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $15 89 points
Aromas of toast, char, and milk chocolate along with blue and black fruit are followed by velvety soft fruit flavors. It shows an appealing sense of balance and polish.

Columbia Crest 2015 H3 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills $15 86 points
Quite light herb and citrus aromas are followed by elegantly styled citrus and tropical flavors. It needs more oomph to bring it together, coming off as a bit generic.

Columbia Crest 2013 Beverly Vineyard Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley $40 90 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (49%), Merlot (29%), Cabernet Franc (11%) and Malbec. Aromas of red apple, coffee, herb and plum lead to soft plush blue-fruit flavors. Coffee notes persist on the finish.

Columbia Winery 2015 Limited Release Rosé Grenache Horse Heaven Hills $26 87 points
A light cherry-red color, this wine offers bright aromas of strawberry and cherry. It drinks off dry, with lightly spritzy fruit flavors that come off as a bit weighty and ponderous.

Columbia Winery 2013 Element Red Blend Wahluke Slope $36 87 points
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon make up most of this blend. Aromas of vanilla, spice and red and black fruit lead to soft-feeling fruit and barrel flavors that put a focus on elegance.

Columbia Winery 2014 Riesling Ancient Lakes $26 87 points
The aromas are vibrant, with notes of flowers, jasmine, lime and peach. The palate drinks a hair off dry, with the concentration coming off as light but still providing interest.

Columbia Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $42 88 points
The aromas are still locked up, with notes of dark fruit and barrel spices. The palate shows restraint, considering the warm vintage and region, with refined tannins showing a deft touch.

Cougar Crest 2012 Estate Grown Cougar Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $38 89 points
Aromas of tar, herb, black coffee and spice lead to elegantly styled fruit and barrel flavors. It displays a lot of restraint, with baking-spice flavors carrying on the finish.

Cougar Crest 2012 Estate Grown Merlot Walla Walla Valley $38 88 points
Prominent aromas of toast and char lead to a supple, elegant palate with red fruit speckled with barrel spices. It’s a very pretty wine, though the barrel influence gets out front.

Damsel 2014 Boushey Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $42 89 points
Coming from one of the state’s most esteemed Syrah vineyards, this wine opens with nuanced aromas of bacon fat, smoke and berry. The palate is rich and sumptuous, with fruit and savory flavors lingering on the finish.

Damsel 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $35 88 points
Expressive aromas of smoke, embers and blue fruit are followed by a full-bodied flavorful palate that still shows elegance. The finish lingers.

Damsel 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $38 88 points
Brooding aromas of incense, cedar, herb and cherry are followed by lithe fruit flavors. It’s a deft expression of the variety.

Force Majeure 2013 Parabellum Syrah Red Mountain $45 91 points
Aromas of herb, granite, pomegranate and brooding dark fruit leads to a full-flavored palate, bursting with red fruit and savory accents. The tannins provide some heft but should settle in nicely with additional time in the bottle.

Gård 2013 Grand Klasse Reserve Lawrence Vineyards Syrah Columbia Valley $50 93 points
Brooding aromas of huckleberry, orange peel and flowers are followed by seamless full-bodied palate-coating blue-fruit flavors. It’s far from shy but delivers the goods.

Gård 2013 Grand Klasse Reserve Lawrence Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $55 90 points
The aromas bring notes of blackberries and black cherries, along with vanilla grace notes. The palate is full bodied, with dark-fruit flavors that show a sense of grace.

Gordon Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $25 85 points
Green herb, dried tobacco and vanilla aromas are followed by light, easygoing fruit flavors. It comes off as quite green.

Gordon Estate 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $21 86 points
Coffee, raspberry, green herb, dill and vanilla aromas are followed by light but plump fruit flavors. It goes down easy.

Gordon Estate 2014 Estate Grown Syrah Columbia Valley $21 86 points
Blue fruit, flower and light oxidative aromas lead to restrained fruit flavors that taper toward the finish.

Gordon Estate 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $15 88 points
The aromas are generous, with notes of peach, pear and barrel spice. The palate brings a sense of restraint, pulling up on the finish.

Gorman 2015 Old Scratch Chardonnay Columbia Valley $20 91 points
The aromas are redolent with notes of candy corn, peach and spice. The palate is full bodied and rich, with a layered creamy feel to the stone-fruit flavors. It shows some warmth on the finish.

Gorman 2013 Zachary’s Ladder Red Blend Red Mountain $30 89 points
This wine is a blend of Syrah (79%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of herbs, black fruit, licorice and fruit leather are followed by ample cherry and blackberry flavors. The fruit seems a bit dried out at times.

Gorman 2013 The Pixie Syrah Red Mountain $45 92 points
The aromas are brooding, with notes of barrel spice, black licorice and jammy dark fruit. The cranberry and cherry flavors are palate coating and dense—a hedonistic delight.

Gorman 2013 The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 90 points
Brooding aromas of the blackest of fruit, anise and cassis are followed by a velvet hammer of sweet dried-fruit flavors backed by burly tannins. Medicinal and dark-fruit notes persist on the finish. It seems slightly dried out but still delivers the goods.

Gramercy 2013 Lagniappe Syrah Columbia Valley $55 92 points
Coming from a blend of top sites Red Willow and Forgotten Hills, this wine offers reserved aromas of berry, herb, smoked meat and pepper. The palate brings bright acid and intensity of flavor but with a sense of elegance that keeps you hanging on each sip.

Gramercy 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $40 93 points
Les Collines, Minick, Old Stones, SJR, Oldfield and Olsen provide the fruit for this wine. It’s perfumed and leads with aromas of violets, dried herbs, olive and earth, with raspberry notes emerging over time. The palate is all about texture and elegance, while lingering on the finish.

Gramercy 2013 Forgotten Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 93 points
Hailing from one of the state’s top Syrah sites, this wine offers reserved aromas of violets and raspberries along with whiffs of smoked meat and green herbs. The layered flavors are elegant yet intense, with vibrant acidity and a finish with plenty of hang time. The pleasure is as much about feel as flavor.

Gramercy 2013 L’Idiot du Village Mourvèdre Columbia Valley $42 92 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Alder Ridge and Olsen Vineyards. Aged in older barrels, it displays mesmerizingly pure aromas of raspberry, mortared dried herbs and pot roast. The flavors are elegant, textured and detailed, displaying a fine sense of balance along with plenty of length. It takes some time to get going but once it does it sails.

Helix by Reininger 2012 Syrah Columbia Valley $28 90 points
Blue fruit and herb aromas are followed by full-bodied blue and purple-fruit flavors. The balance is spot-on and the finish lingers.

Helix by Reininger 2013 Pomatia Red Blend Columbia Valley $21 90 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (30%), Merlot (18%), and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of pencil lead, raspberries, flowers, baking spices and herbs are followed by palate-coating red and blue-fruit flavors. It displays a lovely sense of balance.

Horsepower 2013 Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $120 95 points
This wine opens with aromas of earthy funk, steak tartare, potpourri, pepper and earth, showing outrageously minerality. The flavors are dense and textured, leaning hard into the savory with abundant flower and fire pit notes that linger effortlessly. It’s a very cerebral wine but with no shortage of hedonism.

Horsepower 2013 Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $120 94 points
The aromas are intense, with notes of embers, stargazer lilies, funk, wet stone and black pepper. The palate dances gracefully, putting a premium on texture along, with generous amounts of savory flavors that persist on the long finish. Editor’s Choice

Horsepower 2013 The Tribe Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $120 96 points
This wine is aromatically brooding but precise, with notes of umami, black olive, smoked ham, crushed violets, funk and peat. The flavors are hefty and concentrated—with notes of fire pit and wet stone—while showing earth-shaking depth and intensity. The finish stretches out as long as you care to count. This is a complete knee buckler.

Januik 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 90 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of green herb, vanilla, clove, wood spice and cherry. The palate brings a mouthful of dark-fruit flavors along with barrel accents, providing a whole lot of texture and appeal.

JM Cellars 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $38 90 points
Light cream, peach and malolactic aromas lead to a medium-bodied nuanced palate. It has plenty of subtleties to explore, with a finish that stretches out.

JM Cellars 2013 Margaret’s Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $55 90 points
This 100% varietal wine opens with alluring aromas of plum, clove, stems and spice. The purple-fruit flavors are palate coating, speckled with cocoa and barrel accents throughout.

JM Cellars 2013 Tre Faniciulli Red Blend Red Mountain $45 91 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (74%), with the balance equally split between Syrah and Merlot. Jammy aromas of spice, clove, blackberry and black currant are followed by full-bodied dark-fruit flavors that bring an irresistible sense of deliciousness.

JM Cellars 2013 Margaret’s Vineyard Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $55 90 points
Hailing from the winery’s young estate vineyard, this 100% varietal wine brings aromas of cocoa, vanilla and cherry—with the barrel influence initially playing prominently. The flavors are jammy, supple and palate coating, bringing a sense of texture and gravitas. The variety seems to get a little lost in the oak and ripeness but it still brings plenty to enjoy.

JM Cellars 2013 Longevity Red Blend Columbia Valley $45 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot. Cocoa, baking chocolate and dark-fruit aromas lead to ripe generous black-fruit flavors, backed by well-integrated tannins. The finish lingers.

JM Cellars 2013 Margaret’s Vineyard Estate Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $45 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) takes the lead on this blend, followed by Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Petit Verdot. The aromas are all high toned, with notes of vanilla, herb and dark fruit. The black-fruit flavors are tightly wound, needing time in the cellar to stretch their legs. Best after 2020. Cellar Selection

JM Cellars 2013 Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $48 91 points
Coming from one of the state’s premier Syrah vineyards, this wine brings aromas of iron and huckleberry pie. The blueberry and earth flavors are quite ripe, lingering on the finish.

JM Cellars 2013 Founder’s Reserve Red Blend Red Mountain $85 92 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up three-quarters of this wine, with the balance Cabernet Franc. Aromas of vanilla, cocoa, flowers and black cherry are followed by dense palate-coating black-fruit flavors. It possesses a lovely sense of texture, with firmly structured yet surprisingly approachable tannins.

Jones of Washington 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Ancient Lakes $17 87 points
The aromas of herb, kiwi and pink grapefruit are light and subtle. The tart flavors show more generosity, though the concentration doesn’t quite seem all there.

Jones of Washington 2014 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Wahluke Slope $14 86 points
Coming from a warm site in a warm vintage, this wine offers aromas of butter and baked apple. The palate yields lightly creamy flavors. The concentration is pulled back but what’s there is quite pretty.

Jones of Washington 2015 Pinot Gris Ancient Lakes $14 87 points
The aromas of melon and tropical fruit are light but enchanting. The medium-bodied flavors provide interest and show a pleasing sense of balance.

Jones of Washington 2012 Barrel Select Estate Vineyards Red Blend Wahluke Slope $30 87 points
Vanilla, black plum, blackberry and dark cherry aromas are followed by appealing sour-cherry flavors that show a sense of softness.

Jones of Washington 2012 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Ancient Lakes $30 86 points
The aromas suggest notes of green herbs, vanilla, freshly hewn wood and cherry. The flavors are lighter in style, with the tannins bringing some grit.

Jones of Washington 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $17 88 points
Aromas of green and garden herbs, tobacco and cherry lead to generous plum and cocoa flavors. It brings a sense of softness that adds to its appeal.

Jones of Washington 2015 Riesling Ancient Lakes $10 87 points
This wine is still settling into the bottle, with light spritzy scents of honeysuckle, pear and ripe peach. The off-dry stone-fruit flavors exhibit well-balanced acidity that carries through the finish. The concentration comes off as somewhat light but what’s there is good.  Best Buy

Karma Vineyards 2011 Brut de Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Blend Columbia Valley $60 87 points
The apple and cider aromas are vibrant while the palate offers plenty of dry tart fruit flavors. It brings appeal.

Karma Vineyards 2011 Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Blend Columbia Valley $50 87 points
Ripe, leaning to almost overripe, green and yellow-apple aromas lead to cidery flavors. Tart acidity backs it all up.

Karma Vineyards 2013 Blanc de Noir Sparkling Blend Lake Chelan $70 88 points
Aromas of herb, pear, apple skin are followed by spritely fruit flavors that linger on the finish.

Karma Vineyards 2012 Pink Bubbly Méthode Traditionnelle Sparkling Blend Columbia Valley $40 87 points
Pale pink in color, this wine offers aromas of herb, yeast, and overripe red apple. The apple-skin flavors are dry with tart acidity.

Kerloo 2014 Majestic Red Blend Columbia Valley $24 92 points
This wine is a blend of 54% Grenache (Upland), 38% Mourvèdre (Boushey) and 8% Syrah (Blue Mountain). It shows pure aromas of green herbs, violets, raspberry, black pepper, orange peel and purple fruit. The flavors are pretty, plump and pure, putting a focus on texture, with fruit flavors stretching out on the finish and an orange-peel note running throughout. Editor’s Choice

Kerloo 2014 Blue Mountain Syrah Walla Walla Valley $20 93 points
Vibrant aromas of violet, herb, orange peel, smoked meat and plum lead to dense fruit flavors brightened by snappy acidity. It shows uncommon purity and depth that kicks it up a notch, along with enough tannic heft that cellaring will be rewarded. The balance is impeccable. Editor’s Choice

Kiona 2013 Estate Bottled Reserve Red Blend Red Mountain $42 91 points
This wine is principally Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Merlot (35%), along with dollops of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère. The aromas show complexity, with notes of herb, pink peppercorn, dark fruit, coffee and wood spice. The flavors are supple and layered, with bright acidity and firm tannins providing the frame.

Kiona 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $25 88 points
Green herb, wood spice, tobacco, black cherry, cocoa and lemon twist aromas lead to generous dark-cherry flavors. It shows a touch of astringency but still brings plenty of enjoyment.

Kiona 2013 Estate Bottled Lemberger Red Mountain $15 88 points
Lemberger has become something of a signature variety for this winery. Aromas of orange peel, leather and red fruit are followed by plentiful Band-Aid and red-fruit flavors that linger on the finish.

Kiona 2015 Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley $15 86 points
Aromas of jasmine, herb and stone fruit are followed by medium-sweet, lightly spritzy stone fruit and ale flavors.

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Frenchtown Red Blend Columbia Valley $23 90 points
This wine is a blend of Bordeaux and Rhône varieties with Merlot (30%) and Syrah (24%) taking the lead. Aromas of raspberry, dark plum and black fruit are followed by plentiful dark-fruit flavors. It’s unabashed in its easy drinking appeal.

La Rata 2013 Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $75 93 points
Grenache takes the lead, making up 60% of this wine, which was co-fermented with Cabernet. Generous aromas of earth, white pepper, herbs, flowers, funk, smoked salt and crushed strawberry lead to a palate chock-full of smoked meat and savory flavors. It shows a beautiful sense of elegance and grace that belies the richness and length of the fruit and savory flavors. Editor’s Choice

Lagana 2014 Minnick Hills Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $30 88 points
This wine doesn’t appear to have fully come out of its shell, with light aromas of plum, tire rubber, pomegranate, herb and a dusting of spices. The flavors display a pleasing sense of purity, with lightly grainy tannins providing support.

Lagana 2014 Breezy Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir Walla Walla Valley $40 88 points
Pale in color, this wine is aromatically quiet with notes of berry and herb, while the smoke notes emerge over time. The flavors are full and juicy but still bring a sense of delicacy, with a lingering finish. Give it time to open up.

Lagana 2014 Sagemoor Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $18 84 points
The aromas of pear and herb seem a bit overripe. The flavors are dry and seem a bit diluted.

Leonetti Cellar 2013 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley $70 91 points
The aromas of earth, herb, cranberry, cherry and barrel tones are light and subdued. The flavors are tart and brambly, with the tannins needing some time to stretch their legs.

Leonetti Cellar 2013 Reserve Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $150 92 points
This wine is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot, coming from Seven Hills, Loess and Mill Creek Upland vineyards. Light aromas of toast, barrel tones, flowers, licorice and dark fruit are followed by earth and other savory flavors that are light but still show weight and density.

Leonetti Cellar 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $95 93 points
This wine is a blend of Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland, Serra Pedace and Leonetti Old Block. Aromatically brooding at present, it shows intricate notes of barrel spice, thyme, coffee, cranberry, black tea and red and black fruit. The palate is tightly wound, with bright acid and lightly chewy tannins that need some time in the cellar to stretch their legs. Best from 2021 to 2030. Cellar Selection

Leonetti Cellar 2014 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $75 91 points
Aromatically, this wine is currently subdued, with the notes of raspberry, cocoa and cherry that haven’t fully blossomed. The flavors meanwhile are generous and ripe, while still showing a fine sense of balance. Additional time in the bottle or a long decant should allow it to open up.

Lone Birch 2015 Pinot Gris Yakima Valley $12 87 points
Generous, appealing melon, pear and apple aromas are followed by plump but still elegant while well-balanced fruit flavors. It’s a bit one note but it hits that note well.  Best Buy

Lone Birch 2015 Chardonnay Yakima Valley $12 87 points
Aromas of red apple and spice lead to rounded fruit flavors that provide easy-drinking appeal. It’s a well-priced spot-on example of the variety.  Best Buy

Lone Birch 2015 Riesling Yakima Valley $12 86 points
Light aromas of white flowers and freshly cut pear lead to off-dry fruit flavors, with the concentration seeming a bit wanting.

Lone Birch 2015 Rosé Yakima Valley $12 86 points
This pale pink wine is 100% Sangiovese and offers aromas of herb and sour cherry. It drinks just a hair off dry, with mouthwatering fruit flavors.

Lone Birch 2014 Red Blend Yakima Valley $13 87 points
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the aromas offer notes of herb, cherry, caramel and raspberry preserve. The palate brings ample fruit flavors that provide appeal.

Maloney 2013 Single Vineyard Scotteney Flats Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $65 91 points
This is the second vintage in this series from former Ste. Michelle winemaker Joshua Maloney. The aromas are brooding, with notes of blue and black fruit while the flavors are ripe and full, showing intensity along with a firm lick of tannins that need some time to settle in. Best after 2020.

Market Vineyards 2012 Derivative Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 91 points
This wine is predominantly Merlot (44%) along with a whopping 33% Petit Verdot, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, spice, green herbs and dark fruit are followed by generous dark-fruit flavors and plentiful tannins. It shows good cellaring potential.

Market Vineyards 2014 Liquidity White Blend Columbia Valley $20 87 points
This wine is equal parts Viognier and Roussanne. It offers light aromas of peach and apricot that are followed by full-bodied flavors that show some warmth and bitterness on the finish.

Market Vineyards 2012 Arbitrage Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $32 90 points
Baking spice, vanilla, herb, anise and dark cherry aromas are followed by plump cherry and cocoa flavors. The acidity gives the flavors some snap.

Market Vineyards 2012 Dividend Syrah Red Mountain $52 90 points
Ripe aromas of blackberry, black currant and spice are followed by full-bodied black-fruit flavors. It shows a lot of ripeness but largely keeps it in balance.

Market Vineyards 2012 Merval Malbec Red Mountain $52 89 points
Aromas of vanilla, clove, cocoa, tar and plum are followed by generous purple-fruit flavors, speckled with baking-spice accents. It dips in the middle but otherwise shows a pretty sense of elegance.

Market Vineyards 2012 Acquisition Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $52 91 points
Aromas of toast, coffee, baking spice, herb and dark fruit lead to full-bodied, expansive black-fruit flavors. It pulls no punches but still manages to stay in balance, with a lingering finish that caps it off.

Market Vineyards 2012 Alpha Merlot Red Mountain $52 88 points
The aromas are bright, with raspberry, licorice, green pepper and medicinal notes. The flavors are lighter in style and show a distinct green tinge that provides some distraction.

Market Vineyards 2012 Benchmark Merlot Columbia Valley $29 91 points
This is an expressive wine, with notes of toast, vanilla, baking spices and dark fruit. The palate is full bodied but well balanced, showing a pleasing interplay of fruit and barrel flavors that continues through the finish.

Market Vineyards 2012 Basis Points Red Blend Columbia Valley $35 88 points
Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this offers aromas of vanilla, baking spice, green pepper and dark fruit, with the oak showing somewhat prominently. The palate brings well-balanced dark fruit and green-pepper flavors, with spice lingering on the finish.

Maryhill 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Otis Vineyard Albariño Columbia Valley $20 87 points
Appealing aromas of citrus rind and pear lead to fleshy full-fruit flavors. The alcohol pokes through at times but it still provides enjoyment.

Maryhill 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley $29 88 points
Hailing from Tudor Hills Vineyard, the aromas offer notes of padded butter, toast and spice. On the palate, the oak (70% new French) plays prominently, juxtaposed by full-bodied stone-fruit flavors that show some warmth.

Maryhill 2013 Northridge Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $40 87 points
The aromas offer notes of cherry, baking and barrel spices and are topped off with partially amped-up volatiles. The flavors are lush and full bodied, lingering on the finish.

Maryhill 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $40 87 points
The oak (50% new French wood) seems a bit heavy handed, interjecting scents of wood, coffee and vanilla on the aromas and flavors. It’s a shame as the cranberry flavors otherwise provide interest.

Maryhill 2013 Kiona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $45 88 points
Aromas of green wood, herb and blackberry lead to full-bodied fruit flavors that provide appeal. The tannins bring some astringency.

Maryhill 2013 Marvell Elephant Mountain Vineyard G-S-M Rattlesnake Hills $44 88 points
This wine is mostly Syrah (47%), with the rest near equal parts Mourvèdre and Grenache. The aromas offer notes of cranberry and cherry, while the palate provides plump yet elegant fruit flavors, with barrel spices extending on the finish.

Maryhill 2013 Clifton Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $40 87 points
Baking spice, freshly hewn wood and dark fruit aromas are followed by pitch-black-fruit flavors. The volatiles are just in check.

Maryhill 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $40 86 points
Maple, black fruit and cocoa aromas lead to lighter styled dark-fruit flavors. The barrel influence at times seems a bit heavy, with the flavors not able to stand up to it.

Maryhill 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $36 87 points
Coming from one of the state’s premier Syrah sites, this wine offers aromas of barrel spice and herb, with the volatiles amped up. The cherry flavors show restraint while tapering toward the finish.

Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese Columbia Valley $36 87 points
A blend of fruit from Gunkel and Elephant Mountain vineyards, this wine offers light aromas of cherry and toasty barrel spice. The flavors are elegant, tart and juicy, with cocoa flavors lingering on the finish.

Maryhill 2013 Vineyard Series Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $36 87 points
This wine is a blend of McKinley Springs and Alder Ridge fruit. Coffee and cherry aromas lead to restrained cranberry flavors, with the tannins bringing some dryness and grit.

Maryhill 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosso Granato Red Blend Columbia Valley $36 91 points
This wine is a blend of Art Den Hoed Petite Sirah (80%) and Gunkel Vineyard Zinfandel. Aromas of barrel spice, vanilla, raspberry and purple fruit are followed by full-bodied palate-coating fruit flavors, brightened by fresh acidity. The interest is as much about feel as flavor.

Morell-Lawrence 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley $30 92 points
Coming from Lawrence Vineyards, this wine offers aromas of orange peel, smoke, olive, blueberry, blackberry and wood spice. The blue-fruit flavors are full bodied and perfumed, showing a pleasing sense of balance and a lingering finish.

Napeequa 2015 Davey Outrageous Presents Pinkie a-go-go Rosé Columbia Valley $19 87 points
Pale peach in color, this wine offers bright notes of watermelon and cherry. It drinks a hair or two off dry, with plentiful juicy fruit flavors.

Napeequa 2014 Davey Outrageous Grill Thrill Red Blend Columbia Valley $24 85 points
Fresh aromas of plum, vanilla, flowers and spice lead to an off-dry palate full of blue-fruit flavors.

Napeequa 2015 Davey Outrageous ¡Chica! White Wine Riesling Columbia Valley $20 87 points
The aromas offer bright notes of ripe peach, flowers and jasmine. It drinks medium sweet, with abundant stone-fruit and floral flavors.

No Girls 2013 La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $75 94 points
The aromas pop with notes of fresh flowers, smoked meat, stems, mineral, smoke, white pepper and an earthy funk. The flavors dance on the palate, with mouthwatering fruit and savory notes that lead to an outrageously long finish. It’s equal parts elegance and intensity.

No Girls 2013 La Paciencia Vineyard Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley $75 94 points
Dark in color, this wine offers reserved aromas of smoke, tobacco, red fruit, crème de cassis, flowers, exotic spice and funk. The palate is plush and forward but still light on its feet, showing energy and focus. Fruit and savory flavors persist on the finish, demonstrating exquisite balance.

No Girls 2013 La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $75 93 points
Quite aromatic on first pour, this wine shows green peppercorn, violets, earth, smoked meat and savory aromas. The fruit and savory flavors are generous, showing length and depth.

North by Northwest 2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley $15 89 points
This wine is near equal parts Syrah and Merlot with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of blue fruit, vanilla, cherry and herb lead to full-bodied pit-fruit flavors that bring a sense of deliciousness that is hard to resist.

North by Northwest 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $15 85 points
Subdued aromas of melon and apple lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors. It comes off as a bit generic, with the variety seeming to get lost.

Northstar 2013 Merlot Columbia Valley $41 90 points
Herb, pencil lead, plum and vanilla aromas are followed by smooth, soft blue-fruit flavors. It shows a beautiful sense of balance.

Northstar 2012 Premier Merlot Columbia Valley $85 92 points
This 100% varietal wine hails from Stone Tree, Cold Creek and Beverly vineyards. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, cherry and raspberry lead to exuberant layered fruit flavors. It displays a lot of intensity, focus, and length.

Northstar 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $40 91 points
Cocoa, coffee, baking spice, vanilla and cherry aromas are followed by a reserved palate, full of chocolate and cherry flavors. Coffee notes persist on the finish.

Owen Roe 2014 Ex Umbris Syrah Yakima Valley $21 89 points
Aromas of sweet plum and raspberry jam lead to light pure fruit flavors. It shows a pleasing sense of elegance, with fruit flavors lingering on the finish.

Owen Roe 2013 Chapel Block Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $55 90 points
Coming from the oldest Syrah vineyard in the state, this wine brings aromas of herbs, coffee and dark fruit. The flavors are soft and smooth, showing polish and poise along with a finish that lingers.

Pendulum 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $17 88 points
The aromas are light with notes of vanilla, wood spice, coffee and cherry. The coffee flavors are silky and smooth, with barrel and baking-spice flavors lingering on the finish.

Poet's Leap 2015 Riesling Columbia Valley $20 89 points
This wine leaps out of the glass with aromas of peach, wet stone, lime and high-toned flowers. The palate drinks off dry, with vibrant stone-fruit and floral flavors that linger on the finish.

Reininger 2013 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $49 92 points
A blend of Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyard fruit cofermented with Viognier, this wine opens with aromas of mountain blueberries, wild flowers, orange peel and pomegranate. The flavors are perfumed and polished, with floral and blue-fruit notes lingering on the finish. It brings a lovely sense of texture.

Reininger 2012 Mr. Owl’s Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $34 91 points
This wine is a unique blend of Malbec (60%), Syrah (20%), Merlot (15%) and Petit Verdot. It opens with brooding but alluring aromas of dark plum, asphalt, and a kiss of baking spice. The flavors are full bodied and palate coating, showing weight but also a sense of suppleness that charms the senses. Editor’s Choice

Revelry 2013 Aerial Series Reserve Alder Ridge Vineyard Block 8 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $40 89 points
The aromas of green herb and wood spice don’t seem entirely varietal. The flavors, however, are more convincing, with plush raspberry notes that appeal to the senses and carry through the finish.

Revelry 2013 Aerial Series D11 Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 90 points
Wood spice, vanillin and blackberry aromas are followed by rich, fleshy black-fruit flavors. The warm vintage shows but it’s undeniable in its appeal.

Revelry 2013 Aerial Series Block 18 Weinbau Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $56 89 points
The aromas are quite light and elusive, with notes of berries and crushed flowers. The blue-fruit flavors are considerably more generous and linger on the finish.

Revelry 2013 Aerial Series Block 19 Weinbau Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $54 91 points
This wine bears a strong resemblance to its sibling from one block over in with its berry and flower aromas. The palate however brings more lushness and texture that persists through the finish.

Revelry 2013 Aerial Series Block D Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $52 91 points
The aromas are brooding, with notes of cranberry and dark fruit sprinkled with baking spices. The palate is rich and flavorful, packing a wallop of cherry flavors.

Robert Karl 2013 Claret Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $22 88 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (17%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petit Verdot (9%) and Malbec. Pleasing aromas of baking spice, cocoa and vanilla lead to a well-proportioned palate, full of dark-fruit flavors that show a reserved styling.

Robert Karl 2013 Gunselman Bench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $36 88 points
Hailing from the winery’s estate vineyard, this wine offers aromas of baking spice, wood spice, milk chocolate and herb. The flavors are quite reserved in style, showing a sense of elegance, with barrel notes lingering on the finish.

Robert Karl 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $32 88 points
This 100% varietal wine comes from Gunselman Bench, McKinley Springs and Phinny Hill vineyards. Aromas of baking spice, vanilla, nougat and cherry are followed by fruit flavors that are surprisingly elegant in style considering the warmth of the vintage.

Ross Andrew 2014 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $16 89 points
There’s no mistaking the variety, with its generous notes of herb, cherry and blueberry. The flavors are full and lush and full, with lightly grainy tannins backing them up.

Ryan Patrick 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hills $50 88 points
Toast, savory herb, vanilla and dark cherry aromas are followed by lush, full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors. Vanilla and dill notes are speckled throughout and at times intrude.

Ryan Patrick 2013 Red Heaven Vineyard Reserve Syrah Red Mountain $40 90 points
The aromas offer notes of dark coffee, baking spice, vanilla, and barrel spices. The palate pulls no punches with full-bodied fruit and barrel flavors along with lightly grainy tannins. The wood plays prominently but it works.

Skyfall 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $14 87 points
Aromas of plum, chocolate, wood spice and smoke lead to sweet, medium-bodied fruit flavors. The tannins come off as somewhat dry.

Snoqualmie 2014 Made with Organic Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $13 86 points
Aromas of wood spice, tar, green herbs and black cherry lead to plump fruit flavors. Grainy dry tannins provide support.

Snoqualmie 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $20 89 points
The vanilla, cranberry, cherry and licorice aromas are elegant and light but seem ever so slightly dried out. Blackberry flavors stretch-out on the finish, with lightly dry tannins backing them up.

SoDo 2014 Deadbird Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $18 88 points
It’s an extreme rarity to find a Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at this price. Being 100% varietal, it offers reserved aromas of dates and plum. The flavors are full bodied and lush, exhibiting tacky tannins and whiffs of game.

Soos Creek 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $40 89 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 60% of this wine, with the rest Merlot (29%) and Cabernet Franc. It presents aromas of macerated cherries, licorice and whiffs of game. The flavors are lush and ripe, with firm but well-integrated tannins providing support.

Soos Creek 2013 Palisades Merlot Columbia Valley $30 90 points
A blend of fruit from Klipsun, Slide Mountain, Elephant Mountain and Ciel du Cheval vineyards, this wine offers generous aromas of raspberries, chocolate and spice. The palate is packed to the brim with fruit flavors that linger on the finish.

Soos Creek 2013 Champoux Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $35 91 points
This wine is two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Cabernet Franc. The aromas are brooding with high-toned notes of mortared herbs and garden flowers along with an underlayer of earth and macerated cherries. The palate is focused and layered with waves of fruit flavors that need time to come together.

Soos Creek 2013 Terrible Beauty Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 89 points
The aromas impress with red and black cherries, accented by mint, game and barrel spices along with a vanilla top note. The flavors are supple, layered and tightly coiled, showing poise, depth and polish.

Soos Creek 2013 Stampede Pass Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 91 points
This wine blends fruit from Slide Mountain, Dineen and Ciel du Cheval vineyards. The aromas of herb and black cherry are vibrant while the flavors are rich, ripe and flavorful, still displaying a fine sense of balance.

Soos Creek 2013 Sundance Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 91 points
This wine is half Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. High-toned aromas of baking spice, herb, dark chocolate and dark cherry are followed by luscious ripe red and black-fruit flavors. It’s irresistible in its appeal. Editor’s Choice

Soos Creek 2013 Artist Series #13 Red Blend Columbia Valley $30 91 points
This wine is an equal split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Heady black cherry and dark-fruit aromas lead to pitch-black-fruit flavors, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen.

Sparkman 2013 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $62 89 points
Klipsun Vineyard provides all of the Cabernet for this wine, with a splash of Petit Verdot (6%) coming from Olsen. Aromas of sweet herb, spice, wet copper penny and cherry lead to a full-bodied palate that shows a fine sense of balance. This vineyard’s often substantial tannins are well tamed.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2013 Frederick Estate Grown Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 89 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) makes up the majority of this wine, with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Aromas of high-toned green herbs, spice, black cherry and blackberry lead to lively cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows a sense of freshness, though at times it seems a bit green.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2013 Nina Lee Estate Grown Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 92 points
Brooding aromas of herb, dark fruit and spice lead to full bodied cranberry and cherry flavors that bring a lot of oomph. It’s a delicious example of the variety.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2013 Uriah Estate Grown Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 92 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot (45%), Cabernet Franc (34%), Petit Verdot (8%), Malbec (8%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Brooding aromas of green herbs, flowers and cherry lead to a ripe full-flavored palate that shows a fine sense of balance.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2013 Katherine Corkrum Estate Grown Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $50 90 points
The aromas pop on this wine, with generous notes of white pepper, jalapeño pepper and herbs. The cherry flavors are light and elegant, showing a very pretty styling.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 90 points
This wine is a blend of the five Bordeaux varieties. It’s aromatically reserved, with notes of flowers, high-toned herbs, wood spice and dark fruit, but it’s not yet fully ready to reveal its charms. The flavors are dark and dense, with chewy, lightly dry tannins providing support. The finish stretches-out.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $85 91 points
Herb, wood spice, coffee and cherry aromas are followed by broad and generous black-fruit flavors. The tannins provide some grip and need time to settle in.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Zephyr Ridge Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $42 89 points
Wood spice, herb, vanilla and dark-fruit aromas are at the fore. The palate is generously flavored and full, with abundant chocolate and cherry notes. The tannins bring some grit.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Black Diamond Red Blend Columbia Valley $42 91 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aromas of wood spice, herbs, black fruit and flowers lead to a full bodied palate with dark chocolate and cherry flavors, showing a lovely sense of balance.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Malbec Columbia Valley $42 88 points
The aromas of tar, clove, wood spice and dark fruit show nuance. The flavors are velvety and full, pinching together on the finish. The oak seems a bit prominent at times.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley $45 89 points
Tar, toast, coffee and blackberry aromas are followed by sleek dark-fruit flavors. The tannins provide some grit. It needs some time to open up and come together.

Swiftwater Cellars 2015 Olsen Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley $22 88 points
Bright aromas of peach, lime leaf, jasmine and flowers lead to off-dry mandarin orange and floral flavors. It provides a lot of appeal, though the concentration at times doesn’t seem all there.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Zephyr Ridge Estate Bottled Merlot Horse Heaven Hills $35 89 points
Toast, char, wood spice and dark-fruit aromas lead to generous coffee and red-fruit flavors. It shows a pleasing sense of balance along with a finish that sticks around.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $42 90 points
The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, flowers, herbs and black cherry. The flavors are velvety and smooth, carrying through on the finish.

Swiftwater Cellars 2015 Proprietary White Blend Columbia Valley $32 88 points
This wine is two-thirds Sémillon and one-third Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of toasted grapenuts, lemon and spice are followed by broad-feeling fruit flavors that show a lightly creamy feel.

Swiftwater Cellars 2013 Syrah Columbia Valley $35 88 points
Toast, wood spice, coffee and blue-fruit aromas are followed by flavors that show a mixture of fruit and barrel. Nubby tannins provide the frame.

Swiftwater Cellars 2015 Zephyr Ridge Estate Bottled Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills $22 89 points
Reserved aromas of baked apple, cream and spice lead to medium-bodied and tart lemony flavors that stretch-out on the finish. It shows a pleasing sense of balance.

Swiftwater Cellars 2015 No. 9 Rosé Columbia Valley $25 86 points
Hot pink in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant rosé brings aromas of cherry and bubble gum. It drinks dry with fat-feeling fruit flavors that need a bit more acid to perk them up.

T.A.T.T NV Table Wine Red Blend Columbia Valley $18 89 points
This wine is mostly Syrah (83%) along with dashes of Cabernet Sauvignon (14%) and Merlot. Aromas of blueberry, cherry and a spice top note are followed by plush, forward blue-fruit flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now.

Tamarack Cellars 2913 Ciel du Cheval Nebbiolo Red Mountain $45 88 points
Pale in color, the aromas are light, with notes of rosewater, sour cherry and green herbs. The flavors are light and tart with brawny tannins that need time to stretch their legs.

Tamarack Cellars 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Counoise Red Mountain $30 90 points
Varietal Counoise is a rarity in the state. This one offers aromas of mortared fresh herbs and red plum that are followed by plump pure fruit flavors that stretch-out on the finish.

Tamarack Cellars 2013 Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $30 91 points
Potting soil, pencil lead, vanilla, flower and cherry aromas lead to dense, pitch-black-fruit flavors. There’s a lot of tannic heft but it’s well integrated.

Tamarack Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope $30 91 points
This 100% varietal wine offers fairly locked up aromas of dried herb, red and black fruit, and barrel spice. The flavors are ripe and dark fruited, with a lovely sense of texture and presence that carries through the finish.

Tamarack Cellars 2012 Tapteil Vineyard Reserve Red Blend Red Mountain $50 92 points
This wine is principally Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), with the rest equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dried herb, black cherry, licorice, cocoa and barrel spice give way to plentiful tart-cherry flavors backed by bright acidity and lightly chewy tannins. It stretches out on the finish. Editor’s Choice

Tenet 2014 The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley $25 93 points
Directly appealing, this wine is bursting with aromas of plum, red currant, herb and spice–all showing freshness and purity. The palate is packed to the brim with supple fruit flavors, full of density and weight, while never getting bogged down. It hits the delicious gong hard. Editor’s Choice

Tenet 2014 G-S-M Columbia Valley $70 92 points
The second vintage of this wine is a blend of 43% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 22% Mourvèdre. Alluring aromas of red and black raspberries, plum, herb and spice are followed by action-packed, lively fruit flavors that linger on the finish. Feel plays as big of a role as flavor.

Trust 2013 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $30 90 points
Fragrant aromas of mortared herbs, violets and red fruit lead to velvety soft red and blue-fruit flavors. It’s a very pretty wine that shows a fine sense of precision.

Trust 2013 Single Vineyard Series Lewis Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $42 91 points
Pungent aromas of herbs, cherry cola, orange peel and dark fruit lead to well-balanced blue-fruit flavors. It shows a lot of purity and appeal as well as good length.

Trust 2013 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $34 88 points
Dark cherry, herb and medicine cabinet notes lead to bright cherry flavors. The tannins provide some chew.

Trust 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $36 91 points
Appealing, very varietal aromas of fresh and dried herb, cherry and earth lead to a tart, flavorful yet restrained fruit flavors, complete with a lovely sense of balance and a stretched-out finish.

Two Vines 2014 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $6 85 points
This is a straightforward, varietally correct wine, with aromas of apple and spice. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied, bringing a sense of texture.  Best Buy

Va Piano 2014 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 92 points
Aromas of plum, violets, orange peel, earth and herb are followed by palate-staining fruit flavors. A lengthy finish caps it off.

Va Piano 2014 Stoney Vine Vineyard Black Label Syrah Walla Walla Valley $65 92 points
Herb, stem, green olive and floral aromas lead to generous fruit and savory flavors that carry though the finish. It shows a lot of finesse and a beautiful sense of balance.

Washington Hills 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Washington $9 85 points
Light aromas of pineapple and other tropical fruit are accented by herb, floral and citrus flavors. The concentration is very light.  Best Buy

Washington Hills 2014 Merlot Washington $9 85 points
The aromas of blueberry, sugared plum and herb are bright and fresh. The flavors are sweet and full and go down easily.  Best Buy

Waterbrook 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $22 88 points
Aromas of vanilla, wood spice and dark fruit are followed by generous but still restrained black-fruit flavors. It shows a pretty sense of balance.

Waterbrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $13 87 points
This wine seems a bit locked up at present, with aromas of garden herbs, plum and spice. The flavors show more generosity, with abundant cherry flavors backed by grainy, slightly astringent tannins.

Waterbrook 2014 Mélange Founder’s Red Blend Columbia Valley $13 87 points
Merlot makes up 45% of this wine, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo. Aromas of green herb, plum, freshly hewn wood and coffee are followed by smooth-drinking fruit and barrel flavors, with the tannins showing a touch of astringency.

Waterbrook 2015 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $13 86 points
Citrus and melon-rind aromas lead to off-dry, medium-bodied fruit flavors. The concentration comes off as quite light.

Waterbrook 2013 Reserve Merlot Columbia Gorge $22 88 points
Wood spice, dill, vanilla and cherry aromas are followed by flavorful yet reserved dark-fruit flavors. It possesses an understated charm.

Waterbrook 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $13 85 points
The aromas of herb, citrus and melon rind are light. The palate drinks dry, with the concentration seeming a bit lacking.

Wind Rose 2015 Dry White Wine Pinot Grigio Yakima Valley $16 88 points
Aromas of apple and pear are followed by dry, medium-bodied fruit flavors, dipping a bit in the middle before coming back together.

Wind Rose 2013 Primitivo Columbia Valley $25 91 points
Aromas of red fruit, herb and spice are followed by tart, full-bodied fruit flavors. A persistent finish caps it off.

Wind Rose 2013 Bravo Rosso Red Blend Washington $20 88 points
Barbera makes up just over half of this wine, with the rest Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. Aromas of vanilla, wood spice and red cherry are followed by a tart lick of cherry and cranberry flavors.

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