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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for September 2017. 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 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast. Lots of top quality wines in this issue. I’ll highlight a selection of them here.

Newcomer Ardor Cellars continues to impress with its Syrahs (Ardor 2015 Quaternarium Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley $7093 pointsArdor 2015 Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $5091 points).

Block Wines, the house winery for Seattle-based on-line retailer Full Pull Wines, is quietly making some gorgeous wines, with Morgan Lee (Two VintnersCovington Cellars) doing the winemaking. Check out Block Wines 2015 Ankleroller Block Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($50, 93 points); Block Wines 2015 Golden Block Boushey Vineyard Grenache Yakima Valley ($4092 points).

Though the inaugural release is sold out (Devium 2015 French Creek Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $3490 points), keep an eye out for subsequent offerings from Devium, a new project from Keith Johnson, production winemaker at Sleight of Hand Cellars.

Woodinville-based EFESTE continues to produce some flat out delicious Rhône-style wines (Efeste 2014 Ceidleigh Syrah Red Mountain $3993 pointsEfeste 2014 Emmy Stone Tree Vineyard Mourvèdre Wahluke Slope $49, 93 points).

Kevin White Winery has established itself as the state’s quality-to-price ratio leader. The latest releases, the Kevin White 2015 La Fraternite Red Blend Yakima Valley ($2893 points); Kevin White 2015 En Hommage Syrah Yakima Valley ($2893 points) do not disappoint.

Don’t miss the latest estate grown offerings from L’Ecole No. 41 (L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Ferguson Vineyard Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley $65, 92 pointsL'Ecole No. 41 2014 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley $5592 points). Ferguson in particular is proving itself to be a special site.

If you want to check out what you get from aging a bottle of wine, look no further than Lawrelin Wine. Though these wines have life in front of them, they are in a sweet spot right now and are more than reasonably priced considering their age (Lawrelin 2004 Syrah Columbia Valley $4292 pointsLawrelin 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $4891 points).

Winemaker Aryn Morell (MatthewsAlleromb) has launched a new, Chardonnay focused project called Morell-Peña, with the wines named after his three daughters. The results are impressive (Morell-Peña 2015 Ysabella Bjork Chardonnay Columbia Valley $4592 pointsMorell-Peña 2015 Gemma Camaryn Chardonnay Columbia Valley $4591 pointsMorell-Peña 2015 Amylla Loren Chardonnay Columbia Valley $4591 points).

Rasa Vineyards continues to produce some fascinating wines, none more so that the Rasa 2013 Veritas Sequitur SJR Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($9594 points). This wine was aged for 32 months in 85% new French oak – considerably longer and with a higher percentage of new oak than the norm. Interestingly, it’s the fruit that still wins the day on this Rocks District wine. Meanwhile the Rasa 2015 Tilting at Windmills XL Vineyard Walla Walla Valley ($7592 points) is a unique blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon well worth checking out.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards shows that its estate site in the foothills of the Blue Mountains can shine just as brightly as its wines from the Rocks (Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Foothills Reserve Syrah Walla Walla Valley $7094 pointsReynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Estate In the Rocks Syrah Walla Walla Valley $7093 points).

Syrah is a relative rarity in the Columbia Gorge, but Syncline Winery shows that in the right vintage and in the right hands, it can succeed (Syncline 2014 Estate Vineyard Syrah Columbia Gorge $6092 points). Also not to be missed is the winery’s one-of-a-kind Syncline 2015 Scintillation Brut Sparkling Wine Underwood Mountain Vineyard Grüner Veltliner Columbia Gorge ($4090 points).

Keep an eye on the Walla Walla-based The Walls Vineyards. Their The Walls 2014 Stanley Groovy Red Blend Red Mountain ($3890 points) is a unique blend of Souzão, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cão, varieties on the rise in the state. They also produce a thoroughly charming Columbia Gorge rosé (The Walls 2016 Cruel Summer Rosé Columbia Gorge $2290 points).

Meanwhile, W.T. Vintners is making some of the most thrilling wines in Washington right now, showing equal dexterity with reds and whites. I can’t recommend highly enough their W.T. Vintners 2014 Damavian Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($4593 points); W.T. Vintners 2014 Gorgeous Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills ($3092 points); W.T. Vintners 2016 Stoneridge Vineyard Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley ($2090 points); and W.T. Vintners 2016 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Grüner Veltliner Columbia Gorge ($2090 points). This is a winery on the rise.

Walla Walla Valley stalwart Woodward Canyon continues to show its mastery of Chardonnay with the Woodward Canyon 2015 Chardonnay Washington ($4491 points). I also highly recommend their Woodward Canyon 2014 Artist Series #23 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington ($5993 points). It needs time in the cellar but it’s a winner.

Looking for some rosés to round out the summer? Look no further than the Buty 2016 Rosé of the Stones Rosé Walla Walla Valley ($2590 points). Rocks District rosés are a rarity making this a bottle to seek out. The Upsidedown 2016 Rescue Rosé Columbia Valley ($1890 points) meanwhile is a rare example of a Washington Nebbiolo rosé.

Finally, looking for value wines? Check out the Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley ($1088 points); Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley ($988 points); Columbia Crest 2015 Grand Estates Syrah Columbia Valley ($1291 points).

Enjoy!

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14 Hands 2016 Rosé Columbia Valley $12 88 points
A pale-pink color, this Syrah rosé brings aromas that start out a bit reduced. This is followed by notes of strawberry, apple, melon and herb. It drinks a hair off dry, with plentiful strawberry and cherry flavors. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for with easy-drinking appeal. Best Buy

Adams Bench 2014 Reckoning Columbia Valley $39 92 points
This wine is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. The aromas bring brooding notes of barrel spice, black cherry, licorice and herbs. The flavors are palate coating and intense, showing a compelling sense of texture and richness.

Adams Bench 2014 The V Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $54 91 points
Aged in 100% new French oak, aromas of roasted coffee bean, herb, char and dark fruit give way to lightly grainy dark-fruit flavors. The wood seems a bit primary at present but it still brings a lot of appeal. Give it some time to integrate.

Alleromb 2014 Scarline Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $65 91 points
The aromas show appealing notes of orange peel, mortared flowers, spice, black olive and raspberry. The palate sports ripe but silky fruit and earth flavors, showing a very pretty sense of styling.

Alleromb 2014 La Gran Flor Scarline Vineyard Columbia Valley $80 91 points
A blend of three-quarters Malbec and one-quarter Cabernet Sauvignon, berry aromas are up front, along with notes of raspberry torte, dark chocolate and spice. The palate is flavorful and supremely smooth, sweetening on the warm and lingering finish. It offers a hedonistic sense of appeal.

Alleromb 2014 La Reyna Blanca Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $38 89 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of barrel spice, vanilla, pineapple and lees. The palate is full bodied, with textured and richly flavored tropical fruit notes that lead to a warm vanilla-filled finish. The oak seems a bit heavy handed.

Alleromb 2014 Corfu Crossing Vineyard Grenache Columbia Valley $65 89 points
Light in color, this wine brings brooding aromas of red fruit, herb, spice and tire rubber. The red-fruit flavors are light and elegant, pulling up toward the finish.

Aluvé 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $44 90 points
Aromas of blackberry jam and boysenberry lead to a ripe full-bodied palate. It brings a sense of hedonism.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Sunset Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $90 90 points
Topped with 18% Malbec, aromas of wood spice, vanilla, pencil lead and dark cherry lead to juicy full-bodied dark-fruit flavors that show a lovely sense of balance, despite the wood being forward. It’s a very pretty expression of Cabernet.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Merlot Red Mountain $38 89 points
Petit Verdot makes up a full 14% of this wine, which also includes 9% Cabernet Franc. Penetrating aromas of raspberries, fresh cherries, licorice, herb, vanilla and barrel spices are at the fore. The flavors are plush and juicy, bringing a sense of elegance and poise. The barrel aromas and flavors are prominent, but it still brings appeal.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Plenipotentiary Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 88 points
Aromas of smoke, vanilla, pencil box and green herb are followed by red fruit and medicinal flavors. Floral notes persist on the finish.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Diplomat Red Blend Red Mountain $40 88 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up three-quarters of this blend, with the rest Syrah (20%) and Grenache. Aromas of cedar, sawdust, vanilla, herb and medicine cabinet lead to creamy feeling fruit flavors. It brings appeal but the oak seems a bit too primary.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $38 87 points
The aromas are all high toned, with barrel notes of exotic spice, vanilla and medicine cabinet. The red-fruit flavors bring a sense of elegance and distinction.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Limited Varietal Selection Cabernet Franc Red Mountain $75 87 points
Aromas of game, medicine cabinet, Band-Aid and herb are followed by creamy-feeling fruit and barrel flavors. Game notes linger on the finish.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Plenipotentiary Estate Grown Syrah Red Mountain $50 87 points
Vanilla, toffee, wood spice and Band-Aid aromas are out in front of herb are red fruit. The palate is lighter in style, mixing equal part fruit and barrel, finishing tart.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Syrah Red Mountain $30 87 points
Oak aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, toffee, barrel spice and char followed by game and red fruit. The red-fruit and Band-Aid flavors are lighter in style, showing abundant oak accents that persist through the tart finish. It’s a surprisingly elegant wine considering the appellation.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Envoy Red Blend Red Mountain $35 87 points
This wine is one-third each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Aromas of game, medicine cabinet, barrel spice and herb are followed by barrel-forward flavors. Game notes persist on the finish.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Limited Varietal Selection Estate Grown Petit Verdot Red Mountain $75 86 points
Barrel aromas are up front, with notes of wood spice alternating with game and dark fruit. The fruit, wood and game flavors mix in equal parts on the palate, not entirely in harmony.

Ambassador Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Grenache Red Mountain $42 85 points
Wood aromas are out front, with notes of vanilla, dill and char, making it hard to get at the fruit. On the palate, the oak almost completely obliterates any sense of the fruit underneath as well. The variety is completely lost.

Anew 2016 Rosé Columbia Valley $11 86 points
Pale pink in color, the aromas offer notes of strawberry, bubblegum and apple. Lightly spritzy, it brings forward somewhat-weighty-feeling fruit flavors. Despite the spritz, it seems a bit ponderous. Best Buy

Ardor 2015 Quaternarium Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley $70 93 points
This wine is a blend of equal parts Art Den Hoed, Lawrence, Red Heaven and Stoney Vine vineyard fruit, with the latter stealing the show. The aromas pop, with notes of grilled asparagus, black and green olive, ember, wet rock and moist earth. The palate is chock-full of earth, smoked meat and other savory flavors that bring a textured feel and linger on the finish.

Ardor 2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 92 points
This wine is a blend of 57% Syrah, 29% Grenache and 14% Mourvèdre. It brings the funk, along with notes of earth, grilled asparagus, stem, herb, bacon fat and green and black olive. The palate brings plenty of smoked meat and other savory flavors that glide on the warm finish. This wine offers a lot of quality and value. For those looking for a funky red wine, look no further. Editor's Choice

Ardor 2015 Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
Fermented 40% whole cluster and aged in four-year-old 500L puncheons, bright aromas of fresh asparagus, herb, flower, ember and earth are followed by a blend of fruit and savory flavors. It provides an appealing texture that keeps the interest high.

Ardor 2015 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah Columbia Valley $50 91 points
This wine opens with brooding aromas of green olives, capers and smoked meat, along with an herbal lift. The flavors show concentration and richness, mixing fruit, herb and savory flavors in equal parts. It finishes a tad warm.

Ardor 2015 Red Heaven Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $50 91 points
Aromas of boysenberry, huckleberry and spice are followed by seamless and polished blue and black-fruit flavors. It delivers a lot of appeal, showing some warmth on the finish.

Ardor 2015 Stoney Vine Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $60 90 points
Very light in color, this wine brings appealing aromas of white pepper, smoked meat, orange peel, herb, earth and sauvage. The palate is ethereally light and delicate, showing pleasing nuances, with plenty of floral flavors on the finish.

Ardor 2016 Painted Hills Vineyard Rosé Yakima Valley $19 89 points
Pale salmon in color, this wine is 63% Mourvèdre and 37% Grenache. Aromas of fresh strawberry, watermelon, spice and cherry lead to bone-dry mouthwatering fruit flavors. It brings a lot of appeal.

Ardor 2015 Art Den Hoed Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $50 89 points
Aromas of sea salt, olive brine, smoked meat, herb and earth lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors that run warm on the finish. There are plenty of good things going on but they don’t seem to entirely come together.

Ardor 2016 Lawrence Vineyard White Blend Columbia Valley $25 88 points
Roussanne (58%) takes the lead on this wine, with the balance Viognier. White flowers, peach and lees aromas lead to lightly styled stone-fruit flavors that display a sense of elegance. It all seems a bit faint but provides appeal.

Ardor 2016 Boushey Vineyard White Blend Yakima Valley $25 87 points
This wine is a blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc and Marsanne. The aromas are quite restrained, with intriguing notes of pear, almond, citrus, cream and spice. The palate brings a similar sense of restraint, showing no apparent new oak influence. It doesn’t quite all come together but it provides a sense of intrigue.

Baer 2014 Ursa Columbia Valley $43 91 points
This wine is equally split between Merlot and Cabernet Franc (38% each), with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (22%) and Malbec. The aromas are brooding, with notes of barrel spice, coffee, blackberry, green pepper and dried herb. The flavors are bright and fresh, light on their feet, showing a fine sense of elegance and detail.

Baer 2016 Shard Unoaked Stillwater Creek Chardonnay Columbia Valley $25 88 points
Lightly reduced aromas of pear, apple and herb lead to a bright, crisp, clean palate. The aromas don’t all seem in harmony at present but the palate brings plenty of enjoyment.

Barrister 2014 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $31 92 points
The aromas bring notes of flower, herb, cigar box, spice and cherry. The cherry flavors are sweet and luscious, showing a lovely sense of balance and texture, with an extended finish capping it off. Impressive stuff.

Barrister 2013 Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot Columbia Valley $39 88 points
This wine was aged for 34 months in a mixture of French (85%) and American oak. Light aromas of dark fruit, vanilla and barrel spice lead to full-bodied slightly sharp-seeming fruit and barrel flavors supported by firm tannins. It shows a lot of warmth on the finish.

Block Wines 2015 Ankleroller Block Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 93 points
The aromas are brooding initially, opening up over time to reveal notes of tar, dried herb, smoked meat, black olive, potpourri , orange peel and white pepper. The palate brings a real sense of freshness and intensity, with notes of flowers and earth. Lemon-twist and orange-peel notes brighten and focus the flavors.

Block Wines 2015 Golden Block Boushey Vineyard Grenache Yakima Valley $40 92 points
Quite light in color with almost an orange hue, this wine brings exuberant aromas of white pepper, fresh herb, red fruit, stem, smoked meat and potpourri. The palate is light, elegant and transparent in style with vibrant fruit, spice and savory flavors that linger on the extended finish and kick it up a notch. The oak influence is dialed way back. It delivers a lot of enjoyment on its own but should really sing at the dinner table. Editor's Choice

Board Track Racer 2014 The Vincent Columbia Valley $20 89 points
This wine is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Malbec. The aromas of plum and cherry are kissed with vanilla, coffee and spice. The palate is lush and full, with the tannins showing some grittiness. Still, it delivers a lot of appeal.

Board Track Racer 2015 The Chief Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $28 88 points
Light aromas of cocoa, herb, licorice and barrel spice are followed by medium-bodied cherry flavors. The finish seems a bit clipped.

Brian Carter Cellars 2013 Trentenaire Columbia Valley $50 92 points
Petit Verdot makes up a full 62% of this wine, with the rest Merlot (18%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Malbec (5%) and Cabernet Franc. The aromas offer notes of blackberry, Fruit Roll-Ups, herb, dark soil and flower. The palate brings cherry flavors, bright acids and chewy tannins. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best. Editor's Choice

Brian Carter Cellars 2013 ACE Red Blend Columbia Valley $48 90 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%) and Syrah, a first for this producer. The aromas bring notes of bittersweet chocolate, pencil lead, smoke, barrel spice and black and purple fruit. The flavors are well balanced and tart, supported by grainy wound-up tannins that need some time to unfurl. Give it a short decant if drinking in the near term.

Brian Carter Cellars 2013 Byzance Columbia Valley $38 89 points
This wine is a blend of Grenache (53%), Syrah (22%), Mourvèdre (17%), Counoise (5%) and Cinsault. Smoke, char and black pepper aromas are predominant along with notes of tire rubber, white pepper and red fruit. The red-fruit flavors are lighter in style, showing a pretty sense of styling.

Brian Carter Cellars 2015 Oriana White Blend Yakima Valley $25 87 points
This wine is a unique blend of Viognier (53%), Roussanne (35%) and Riesling. It’s aromatic, with notes of flowers, green gummy bear and pear. It drinks dry with floral and grapey flavors, with it all not seeming to entirely meld.

Brian Carter Cellars 2014 Abracadabra Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 87 points
Quite light in color, this wine starts out reduced initially, followed by aromas of red fruit and herb. The tangy cranberry flavors are light and elegant, with the oak seemingly dialed back.

Buty 2016 Rosé of the Stones Rosé Walla Walla Valley $25 90 points
Rosé from the Rocks District is a rarity. This one is a blend of 68% Grenache and 32% Mourvèdre. Almost bronze in color, the aromas bring notes of strawberry, mineral, herb and spice. It drinks dry with elegantly styled flavors that bring appeal, stretching out on the finish.

Buty 2014 Rockgarden Estate Walla Walla Valley $48 89 points
Despite coming from the Rocks District, the appellation doesn’t seem to truly reveal itself on this blend of 75% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache and 5% Syrah. Light in color, the aromas are bright, with notes of raspberry compote, cranberry, raw meat and green herb. The palate brings well-balanced red-fruit flavors, with the oak seeming dialed way back. It doesn’t quite stand up on its own but should shine at the dinner table.

Buty 2015 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $42 88 points
This wine is a bit reductive out of the gate, opening to reveal aromas of pear, peach, melon, lees and spice. The palate is creamy and textured in feel. If the aromas come together, it could move up a notch.

Cadaretta 2014 Windthrow Columbia Valley $50 90 points
This wine is 76% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 9% Grenache. Aromas of black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, raw meat and spice are followed by smooth black-coffee flavors. It lingers on the finish.

Cadaretta 2014 Springboard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $50 88 points
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (81%), topped off with Malbec (10%) and Petit Verdot. Intense aromas of roasted coffee bean, char, wood spice, green herb and black fruit lead to soft supple cherry flavors, considerably more restrained than the aromas might suggest. The aromas and flavors seem a bit disconnected at present. Perhaps some time will bring them together.

Cadaretta 2015 SBS Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Columbia Valley $23 88 points
Sauvignon Blanc makes up 89% of this wine, with the balance Sémillon. A light-green color, it brings appealing aromas of green apple, lime verbena and herb. The palate is medium bodied but still sleek, with the fruit leaning into the tropical. A crisp finish caps it off.

Castillo De Feliciana 2014 Bolsa Negra Vino Rojo Reserve Red Blend Columbia Valley $60 87 points
This wine is a unique blend of 50% Petit Verdot, 25% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a mixture of 59% new French and American oak. Unusual aromas of lemon twist, vanilla, white pepper, herb and green wood lead to high-acid elegant fruit flavors backed by coarse gritty-feeling tannins. It doesn’t stand up by itself but has a place at the dinner table.

Castillo De Feliciana 2014 Rosebud Vineyard Red Wine Tempranillo Columbia Valley $27 87 points
Light in color, aromas of vanilla, caramel, toast, char and wood spice lead to wood-forward fruit flavors backed by tart acids. The oak seems out of check but it still brings some appeal.

Catman 2015 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Hills $36 89 points
Lighter in color, high-toned aromas of raspberry and cranberry jam lead to full-bodied jammy, lip-smacking red-fruit flavors with the barrel influence dialed back. It’s a spot on example of the variety.

Catman 2015 Malbec Rattlesnake Hills $32 88 points
The aromas of marionberry, licorice and herb bring a sense of purity, along with light whiffs of oxidation. The dark-fruit flavors are a strange mixture of sweet and tart, not entirely coming together. It doesn’t quite stand up on its own but should fit in well at the dinner table.

Chandler Reach 2011 Monte Regalo Yakima Valley $29 91 points
A full six-years-old, this is a quality example of this extremely cool vintage. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, the aromas are vibrant but seem ever so slightly dried out, with notes of anise, cassis and blackberry. The red and black-fruit flavors display a fine sense of balance and length that keeps the interest high.

Charles & Charles 2015 Merlot Blend Columbia Valley $14 87 points
Merlot makes up three-quarters of this blend, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (21%) and Cabernet Franc. It starts out a bit reduced, providing some initial distraction from its aromas of plum, herb, asphalt and currant. The blue-fruit and smoke flavors show a sense of plushness, with savory notes lingering on the finish. The tannins bring some grip. It provides enjoyment but the Merlot doesn’t really pop and the smoky notes seem out of place.

Charles Smith 2015 The Velvet Devil Merlot Washington $13 88 points
The aromas in this wine are bright, with notes of herb, tire rubber and red currant, with the oak influence dialed back. The fruit flavors are lighter styled, direct and pure, going down easy with blue-fruit flavors on the finish. It’s a pleasant easy drinker. Best Buy

Charles Smith 2015 Boom Boom! Syrah Washington $14 87 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of fresh flowers, potpourri, black pepper, blue fruit and tar. The palate is fruit forward and simple, not delivering on all the aromas have to offer. It pulls up short on the finish.

Charles Smith 2015 Eve Chardonnay Washington $13 87 points
Aromas of yellow apple and pear lead to dry, well-balanced fruit flavors. It pulls up a bit on the finish but still provides easy-drinking appeal.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Artist Series Columbia Valley $65 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 73% of this wine, along with 20% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tightly wound aromas of wood spice, vanilla, black fruit, plum and coffee bean give way to full-bodied, palate-coating and concentrated cherry and espresso flavors that linger on the finish. The barrel influence is heavy, but it works.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $28 90 points
The aromas bring spicy notes of cayenne pepper, along with notes of dark-roasted coffee, wood spice and cherry. The palate is full of polished yet voluptuous dark-fruit flavors that are backed by lightly grainy tannins.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 90 points
Barrel-forward aromas of vanilla and toast are in front of herb and cherry. The palate brings a sense of polish and appeal, with the tannins bringing some squeeze on the finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $48 89 points
Aromas of ham, coffee, blue and black fruit, vanilla and spice lead to big chewy tannins and a palate full of black and purple-fruit flavors. It’s bold but still brings a sense of refinement, with the tannins quite grainy. The variety seems a bit hard to find and the wood a bit heavy.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 89 points
For Cabernet, the aromas are surprisingly blue and purple fruited, almost smelling more like a Syrah. Putting that aside, it brings a lot of appeal with a real sense of freshness to the fruit flavors. The tannins seem a bit bunched up at present, needing a little more time to stretch out. Still, it provides plenty of enjoyment.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $10 88 points
Aromas of melon, pear and candied apple lead to medium-bodied fleshy-feeling fruit flavors. It brings a pleasing sense of acidity—a delightful white. Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley $9 88 points
The aromas are somewhat lighter in style for the variety, with notes of pear, lime, peach and citrus zest. As promised, it drinks dry with elegantly styled peach and citrus flavors that finish tart. Best Buy

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $18 87 points
Aromas of matchstick, herb, vanilla and cinnamon are followed by a creamy-feeling palate that equally mixes fruit and barrel flavors. The tannins seem a bit bunched up.

Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2014 Eroica Ice Wine Riesling Horse Heaven Hills $60 94 points
The aromas pop, with notes of diesel, lychee, dried orange peel, marmalade and peach. The stone-fruit and tropical flavors are rich, sugary and intense, showing an exquisite sense of balance. Skip the rest of dessert. This delivers it all by itself.

Chester Kidder 2013 Red Blend Columbia Valley $55 90 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (58%) and Syrah (34%) make up the majority of this wine, with the balance being pinches of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The aromas bring notes of vanilla, baking spice, graphite and black cherry, with the oak (85% new French) up front. Fruit and barrel play off each other well on the palate. The barrel influence isn’t shy but it still brings a lot of enjoyment.

City Limits 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $15 89 points
This is a prototypical Washington Cabernet, with aromas of cherry meats, black currant, coffee and whiffs of herb. Though far from over the top, the flavors show intensity and texture with a pleasing acidic lift. It offers a lot of subtlety and elegance for a wine at this price.

City Limits 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $15 87 points
High-toned aromas of pear, lees and apple lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors. It shows no apparent new oak influence, letting the fruit shine through.

Co Dinn 2014 Roskamp VIneyard Block Two Syrah Snipes Mountain $50 90 points
Seeing only neutral French oak, reserved but intriguing aromas of dark raspberry, herb and plum are followed by well-constructed dark-fruit flavors. It’s equal parts intrigue and delivery.

Co Dinn 2014 Painted Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $50 89 points
Cabernet clones 6, 8 and 191 make up the majority of this wine. The aromas show some reduction out of the gate. This is followed by a medium-bodied, acid driven palate, with clove, cherry, wood spice and herb flavors. There’s intrigue but it doesn’t all quite come together. That said, it should fit in well at the dinner table.

Col Solare 2014 Component Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $85 91 points
Aromas of barrel spice, purple fruit and herb lead to well-balanced fruit and barrel flavors. It’s an unusual interpretation of Cabernet. Still, it should have a long life in front of it, showing a lot of structure.

Col Solare 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $75 90 points
The aromas bring notes of plum, blue fruit and barrel spice. The palate comes off as considerably darker, with rich fruit flavors supported by firm tannins. There are lots of good things going on if the aromas and flavors sync up, though it doesn’t seem much like Cabernet.

Col Solare 2014 Component Collection Estate Vineyard Malbec Red Mountain $85 90 points
Varietal Malbec is rarity from this appellation. This one brings aromas of purple fruit, barrel spice, black pepper, plum and spice that are followed by pitch-black-fruit flavors. The tannins bring a gentle squeeze.

Col Solare 2014 Component Collection Estate Vineyard Syrah Red Mountain $85 90 points
Brooding aromas of huckleberry, braised meat, flower and mineral lead to a full-bodied palate, rich with blue and purple fruit flavors that possess a supple seamless feel and a lengthy finish.

Columbia Crest 2015 Grand Estates Syrah Columbia Valley $12 91 points
The aromas in this wine pop, with notes of dried herb, plum, vanilla and smoked meat. It brings a compelling sense of texture, coating the palate from end to end with exquisitely balanced fruit and savory flavors. It’s a knockout at this price. Best Buy

Columbia Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $16 88 points
Aromas of herb, black cherry, plum, black licorice and baking spice lead to generous and sweet blue-fruit flavors. Lightly tacky tannins provide support.

Columbia Winery 2015 Red Blend Columbia Valley $14 87 points
A blend of Merlot and Syrah, the aromas of smoke, matchstick, high-toned dried herb, spice and purple fruit give way to quite sweet-seeming dark-fruit flavors. Lightly grainy tannins provide support. The sweetness seems distracting.

Côte Bonneville 2016 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley $22 90 points
Single vineyard Rieslings are a relative rarity in the state. This one brings aromas of lime zest, citrus, white peach and apricot. It drinks off dry, leaning a bit sweeter but with well-balanced acidity along with plentiful peach and orange flavors. Apple notes persist on the finish. The sense of balance is impressive.

Côte Bonneville 2011 Estate Bottled Carriage House DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley $50 90 points
Lighter in color, this wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The aromas are locked up tightly on first pour, opening up over time to reveal notes of herb, spice, flower and dark cherry. The palate is more giving, with abundant but still elegant cherry and herb flavors that linger on the finish. It’s all about elegance.

Côte Bonneville 2014 Estate Bottled DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $50 89 points
Appealing aromas of butterscotch, cream, spice, lees and tropical fruit lead to medium-bodied fruit flavors that bring a sense of richness but also delicacy. It shows a touch of warmth on the finish.

Coyote Canyon 2015 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne Horse Heaven Hills $19 87 points
The aromas are unusual, with notes of mandarin orange, apricot, tin and herb. The palate is sweet and fleshy, showing a brightness of fruit flavor.

Coyote Canyon 2016 Albariño Horse Heaven Hills $19 87 points
The aromas are bright and sweet, with notes of freshly cut cantaloupe, pear and candied red apple. The flavors are tangy, sweet and full, with an herbal streak that runs throughout.

Coyote Canyon 2016 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier Horse Heaven Hills $19 86 points
Bright aromas of peach, pear and nectarine are followed by lightly sweet fruit flavors. It brings some appeal but the apparent residual sugar gets in the way.

Dance 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $37 88 points
Fermented in French oak and concrete, aromas of charry toast, pear, herb, lees and spice are followed by medium-bodied fruit flavors. It comes up a bit flat on the finish.

Devium 2015 French Creek Vineyard Red Blend Yakima Valley $34 90 points
The inaugural release from this winery from Sleight of Hand Cellars’ production winemaker Keith Johnson is a blend of Mourvèdre (90%), Syrah (8%) and Grenache Blanc. Stylistically somewhat unique for Washington, it brings brooding aromas of sauvage, herb, smoked meat and white pepper, along with a bit of reduction. The fruit flavors are pure and bring an appealing sense of texture. Give it time to open up and pair it with food to see it at its best.

Double Canyon 2014 Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $65 91 points
High-toned aromas of cocoa, toast, mixed green herb and dark fruit lead to tart cherry and cranberry flavors that bring a pucker factor. It shows a very lovely sense of balance that keeps the interest high. Give it some additional time in bottle or a short decant.

Dusty Cellars 2015 Spartan Red Blend Rattlesnake Hills $15 87 points
Dried cherry and raspberry aromas lead to medium-bodied, sweet fruit flavors that seem bit clipped. It doesn’t all come together.

Efeste 2014 Ceidleigh Syrah Red Mountain $39 93 points
This is warm region, warm vintage Syrah at its decadent best. It opens with generous aromas of raspberry and blackberry jam, along with plum pit, mineral, black olive and smoked meat. The flavors are velvety and palate coating, rich and intense, with black-fruit notes that glide on the extended finish. The sense of texture is dazzling. Editor's Choice

Efeste 2014 Emmy Stone Tree Vineyard Mourvèdre Wahluke Slope $49 93 points
Blended with 12% Grenache, aromas of blackberry, caper, fresh herb, cranberry, mineral and spice are followed by full-bodied, lush black-fruit flavors, with white pepper and raw meat notes that persist on the finish. It flat out impresses, bringing a compelling sense of balance. Editor's Choice

Efeste 2014 Jolie Bouche Syrah Yakima Valley $44 92 points
This wine is tight as a drum at present. Brooding aromas of iron, black cherry, pomegranate, bacon fat, spice and cured meat lead to concentrated full superpolished dark-fruit flavors. It brings a sense of intensity and deliciousness that is impossible to ignore.

Efeste 2014 Eléni Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $59 92 points
A blend of fruit from the 1991 and 1986 block at this esteemed vineyard, the aromas are locked up on first pour, with notes of raspberry, olive, black licorice, smoked meat and herb. The palate brings a thoroughly enchanting feel and sense of texture, with a sense of tension and purity of fruit flavors. Give it time to open up.

Efeste 2016 Oldfield Estate Rosé Yakima Valley $22 90 points
This rosé is a field blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache. A very pretty pale-peach color, the aromas bring pleasing notes of herb, spice, strawberry, passion fruit and mineral. The flavors are dry and full in feel, showing weight and intensity but still a sense of lightness.

Feather 2013 Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $95 94 points
This reserve level wine brings high-toned aromas of herbs, violets, bittersweet cocoa, mint and dark fruits. The palate displays layered, full-bodied cherry and chocolate flavors that show density and depth. It’s an impressive display that captures the senses with its seamless feel.

Feather 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $65 91 points
This 100% varietal wine is a blend of fruit from The Benches, Dionysus and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Aromas of cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, blackberry and French-oak spice rise up from the glass. The palate brings rich, velvety dark fruit flavors backed by fine-grained tannins. It needs some time to fully settle in. Best after 2021. Cellar Selection

Fielding Hills 2014 Estate Riverbend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $46 91 points
The aromas bring notes of baking spice, vanilla, cassis, coconut and dark fruit, along with a penetrating anise note. The black-fruit flavors are rich and luscious, displaying a sense of hedonism that shows equal parts fruit and barrel.

Fielding Hills 2014 Estate Riverbend Vineyard Syrah Wahluke Slope $42 89 points
The aromas are quite light and brooding, with notes of dark fruit, vanilla, herb, coconut, wood and baking spice. The cranberry and cherry flavors bring a seamless feel. The oak influence seems a bit intense but it still brings plenty of appeal.

Fielding Hills 2014 Estate Tribute Riverbend Vineyard Red Blend Wahluke Slope $38 88 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 35% of this blend, along with 26% Syrah, 26% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 70% new French and American oak, barrel-forward aromas of vanilla, coconut and baking spice are out in front of a medley of dark fruit. The fruit flavors are sweet, rich and luscious, with toothsome tannins providing support. There’s plenty of enjoyment to be had but the barrel influence is pretty intense.

Fielding Hills 2016 Riverbend Rosé Riverbend Vineyard Rosé Wahluke Slope $26 87 points
Electric pink in color, the aromas offer up notes of strawberry, passion fruit and melon. The flavors are full bodied, seeming a bit weighty and ponderous. Green pepper flavors linger on the finish.

Figgins 2014 Estate Walla Walla Valley $85 93 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot all coming from a single vineyard site. It’s wound up tightly at present, with aromas of herb, dark fruit, spice and earth. The palate is big and bold, with rich fruit flavors and a firm lick of tannins. Best from 2024–2030. Cellar Selection

Figgins 2016 Estate Riesling Walla Walla Valley $30 89 points
This is one of the only Rieslings to come out of the valley. The aromas are reserved for the variety, with notes of lime leaf, citrus, Bosc pear and nut oil. The palate drinks dry, and is flavorful, with abundant stone-fruit and citrus notes that linger. It seems a bit heavy handed but still brings enjoyment.

Force Majeure 2014 Parabellum Red Mountain $45 92 points
This wine is 61% Syrah and 39% Mourvèdre. Appealing aromas of red and black fruit, mineral, spice, earth and braised meat lead to a full bodied, still quite tightly wound palate. All the stuffing is there but it needs some additional time in bottle or a short decant to open up.

Force Majeure 2014 Epinette Red Mountain $95 91 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot (58%), Cabernet Franc (22%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Petit Verdot. Brooding aromas of cherry, blackberry, wood spice, anise and bittersweet chocolate lead to dry, incredibly tightly wound tannins. It needs significant time in the cellar to soften a bit. Don’t go near it until 2025 unless you give it an extended decant.

Force Majeure 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $95 91 points
The aromas are light initially, with notes of cocoa, herb, barrel spice and cherry not yet fully ready to reveal their charms. The cherry and bittersweet chocolate flavors are backed by lightly grainy tannins that need some time to unwind. The wood is intense at present but there are good things underneath.

Force Majeure 2014 Parabellum Red Mountain $55 91 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot (42%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), and Cabernet Franc. Brooding aromas of scorched earth, barrel spice, wood and dark fruit lead to a bold dark-fruited palate backed by firm tannins. It displays plenty of breadth and brawn, with the oak primary now but likely to integrate over time.

Forgeron 2012 Anvil Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $65 92 points
Coming from one of the strongest vintages of the last decade and with a full five years in bottle, this blend of Pepper Bridge (60%) and Minnick Hills fruit brings aromas of smoke, barrel spice, cranberry, cherry and dark berry. The dark-fruit flavors are rich, luscious and palate coating. It brings a sense of hedonism and balance that is impossible to ignore.

Forgeron 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $35 91 points
The aromas are light, with notes of garden herb, pencil lead, barrel spice and dark fruit that are not yet ready to fully reveal their potential. The palate brings considerably more generosity, with lithe black-fruit flavors backed by fine-grained tannins. It’s a very pretty expression of the variety.

Gamache 2013 Vintners Select Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $0 87 points
With blend of fruit from Gamache (55%), Champoux (33%) and Ciel du Cheval vineyards, the herb, cherry, vanilla, green-tea and green-pepper aromas are followed by bunched-up-seeming tannins. It doesn’t appear to have fully ripened.

Gamache 2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 86 points
Aromas of purple fruit, cocoa, green-pepper, vanilla and cherry bring easy-drinking pepper and cherry flavors. The concentration seems surprisingly light and the fruit a bit green given the quality of the vintage.

Gård 2016 Grand Klasse Reserve Grenache Lawrence Vineyards Rosé Columbia Valley $22 88 points
A pale bronze color, this 100% Grenache rosé brings aromas of lime zest, strawberry and pear. Lightly spritzy, it drinks dry, with tart, elegantly styled fruit flavors. Orange-rind flavors persist on the finish.

Gård 2015 Lawrence Vineyards Rosé Columbia Valley $40 85 points
This wine is pale peach in color. The 100% Grenache, the wood influence (100% new 500L French oak) is almost completely overwhelming, showing notes of vanillin, wood spice and cream. It lightens up a bit on the dry palate but still can’t make up the difference.

Guardian 2014 The Informant Syrah Wahluke Slope $30 92 points
The 4% Viognier shows prominently, with perfumed aromas of fresh flowers and orange peel out in front of plum, purple fruit and smoked meat. The fruit flavors are sweet and saturated, with the dial turned way up. It brings a sense of deliciousness that is impossible to ignore.

Guardian 2014 Chalk Line Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 91 points
This wine is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 29% Syrah from Ciel du Cheval, Obelisco, Quintessence and Conner Lee vineyards. Aromas of cigar box, herb, cranberry, smoke, sawdust and pencil lead are followed by rich, ripe red-fruit flavors. It has a lot of appeal.

Guardian 2014 The Rookie Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $50 89 points
The aromas are generous, with notes of cigar box, dried herb, brambly berry and dried hay. The meaty flavors are round and full, providing appeal, finishing a bit warm.

Guardian 2014 The Alibi Red Mountain $39 88 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 60% of this blend, with the balance Merlot (27%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of raspberry jam, smoke, cigar box and cranberry lead to rich full flavors. It pulls up a bit short, with medicinal notes on the finish.

Guardian 2015 Newsprint Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $21 88 points
Light aromas of apple, red fruit and spice lead to a medium-bodied palate with red and black-fruit flavors. The tannins bring a fair amount of grittiness, providing distraction.

Guardian 2014 The Wanted Merlot Columbia Valley $39 87 points
This wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 29% Merlot from Stillwater Creek Vineyard. Aromas of flowers, purple fruit, herb, barrel spice and cranberry lead to medium-bodied cherry flavors. Firm tannins provide support.

Guardian 2015 Newsprint Petite Sirah Columbia Valley $21 87 points
Brooding aromas of purple fruit, apple and spice are followed by brawny dark fruit flavors. The tannins bring a firm squeeze.

Guardian 2015 Newsprint Chardonnay Columbia Valley $18 87 points
The aromas are light, with notes of toast, char, apple, lees and spice. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a lightly creamy feel. It’s a straightforward easy drinker where the variety is unmistakable.

Guardian 2015 Newsprint Red Blend Columbia Valley $18 87 points
Cabernet makes up 65% of this wine, with the balance Syrah. Quite green out of the gate, it displays not entirely harmonious aromas of green herb, orange peel and black cherry—seeming to show a bit of oxidation. The cherry and cranberry flavors are medium bodied, finishing tart.

Guardian 2014 Gun Metal Columbia Valley $39 87 points
This wine is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. The aromas are light, with notes of blue fruit, ripe red apple, herb and barrel spice. The palate is medium bodied, with a tart uplift on the finish.

Guardian 2015 Newsprint Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $25 87 points
The aromas are incredibly light—barely a whisper. The cherry and plum flavors, meanwhile, are more giving but it still doesn’t seem to show enough expression, especially surprising considering the appellation and producer.

Guardian 2015 Newsprint Malbec Columbia Valley $18 87 points
The aromas bring notes of apple, hay, medicine cabinet, pepper and game. The flavors are plush in feel, seeming ever so slightly dried out. Still, it brings some appeal.

Guardian 2016 Angel Klipsun Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Red Mountain $20 87 points
This 100% varietal wine all comes from Klipsun Vineyard. It’s reductive out of the gate, providing some distraction from the aromas of citrus and herb. The flavors are lightly styled, tart and fleshy, with a puckering finish.

Hedges 2014 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $44 88 points
Aromas of maraschino cherry, medicine cabinet, Band-Aid and leather on this 100% varietal wine are followed by slightly dried-out-seeming fruit flavors. Smoke flavors persist on the finish, but the wine presents a sense of elegance.

Hedges 2014 C.M.S. Red Blend Columbia Valley $15 88 points
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot each make up 43% of this blend, with the balance Syrah. Somewhat reticent aromas of herb, red apple, cherry and spice lead to smooth silky red and black-fruit flavors. It brings a lot of appeal.

Hedges 2013 Red Mountain $30 87 points
This wine is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah. The aromas seem a bit off, with notes of dried cherry, oregano, anise and medicine cabinet. The palate has a pleasing sense of restraint and elegance, with gamy notes on the finish.

House of Independent Producers 2015 HIP La Modé Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $20 87 points
This wine brings a sense of reduction out of the gate, which lessens over time. Brooding black and dark-blue fruit aromas are followed by easy-drinking fruit flavors, with the tannins bringing some grip. The midpalate seems a bit lacking, but overall, it delivers enjoyment, more so if the reduction blows off.

Intrinsic 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $22 90 points
This is a one-of-a-kind wine in the state, with 50% of the wine fermented on skins for nine months and the rest aged in concrete and older oak. Pure red- and blue-fruit aromas are followed by bold fruit flavors and well-integrated tannins, without a trace of oak in sight. It’s a completely unique interpretation of the variety, but most importantly, it’s delicious.

J. Bookwalter 2014 Protagonist Conner-Lee Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $60 92 points
The aromas are quite reserved, with notes of cherry, herb, smoke and graphite. The black-fruit flavors, in contrast, are rich and full, bringing a sense of hedonism. It brings plenty of appeal now but should bring even more if the aromas open up.

J. Bookwalter 2014 Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley $60 92 points
This wine is a blend of Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Cabernet Franc. Brooding aromas of blackberry, black currant, herb and spice lead to rich ripe hedonistic black-fruit flavors that bring a compelling sense of texture. It’s not shy, but for those looking for a big bold ripe wine, this one’s for you.

J. Bookwalter 2014 Vintage Four Dionysus Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $75 92 points
This wine is 100% varietal coming from one of the state’s most esteemed vineyards. Bright smoke, blackberry liqueur and anise aromas lead full-bodied black-fruit flavors. It brings an unabashed sense of richness, with firm tannins providing support. Give it some time to open up.

J. Bookwalter 2014 Chapter 7 Conner Lee Vineyard Red Blend Columbia Valley $100 92 points
Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 90% of this wine, with the rest smidgens of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Brooding aromas of blackberry seed, smoke, tar, wood spice, dark flowers and cherry pit are followed by generous full-bodied black-fruit flavors that possess a very supple feel. It’s a bold but far from over the top expression of power.

J. Bookwalter 2015 Suspense Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $60 90 points
Aromas of herb, freshly sliced green pepper, cherry and spice lead to plush and sweet plum flavors, speckled with dark-chocolate accents throughout. It brings an impeccable sense of balance along with an appealing texture. Might be a little green for some tastes.

J. Bookwalter 2014 1RDRS4 Merlot Columbia Valley $28 90 points
Aromas of cocoa powder, cherry, medicinal notes and herb lead to a palate chock-full of black-fruit flavors with bittersweet-chocolate accents. It’s an unabashedly delicious and ripe offering of this variety with a finish that sails.

J. Bookwalter 2015 Double Plot Conner-Lee Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley $28 89 points
Quite light aromas of pear, flower and lees are followed by a somewhat light-seeming but still well-balanced palate. You need to lean in a bit to get it but what’s there provides a lot of appeal. It’s surprisingly subtle considering the warmth of the vintage.

J. Bookwalter 2014 1RDRS4 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $28 89 points
This wine comes from older vines at Conner Lee, Dionysus and Elephant Mountain vineyards. Light aromas of herb, dark plum, menthol and licorice lead to quite sweet full-bodied fruit flavors and a warm finish. It delivers a sense of hedonism and unabashed appeal, though the variety doesn’t seem entirely clear.

J. Bookwalter 2016 Willard Old Vines Chenin Blanc Yakima Valley $26 86 points
Fermented and aged in concrete eggs, this wine brings unusual aromas of grape skins and grape nuts that lead to dry and leesy fruit flavors. It’s a unique interpretation of the variety.

Kevin White 2015 La Fraternite Red Blend Yakima Valley $28 93 points
Coming from Upland and Boushey vineyards, this wine is 60% Grenache, 33% Mourvèdre and 7% Syrah. Expressive aromas of fresh blackberry, huckleberry, black pepper, smoked meat and herb are followed by penetratingly pure dark fruit flavors that are rich but still bring a sense of freshness. The purity is dazzling as is the length on the finish. Editor's Choice

Kevin White 2015 En Hommage Syrah Yakima Valley $28 93 points
This wine is 100% Syrah from Boushey, Olsen and Elephant Mountain vineyards. Alluring aromas of herb, blackberry, bramble, green olive, flower and smoked meat lead to a richly flavored palate that explodes with abundant savory, meaty flavors. It drinks like a charcuterie plate, with plenty of fresh herbs rounding it out. Editor's Choice

Kiona 2016 Estate Grown Ice Wine Chenin Blanc Red Mountain $35 92 points
True ice wines are a rarity in the Northwest. This one brings honeyed aromas of dried pineapple and mango that draw you into the glass. The flavors are sweet and rich but still manage to remain light on their feet. It’s a perfect end to any meal.

Kiona 2014 Estate Bottled Merlot Red Mountain $25 88 points
The aromas seem slightly dried out, with notes of dried black raspberry, cigar box, herb, fruit leather, vanilla and barrel spice. The flavors are lightly jammy but at the same time the concentration doesn’t all seem to be there. The tannins give a gentle squeeze.

Kiona 2012 Estate Cabernet Franc Red Mountain $35 88 points
The lighter-styled aromas bring notes of herb, plum and raspberry, with the fruit seeming ever so slightly dried out. The red-fruit flavors are stretched out, backed by dry lightly tacky-feeling tannins. The finish comes up a bit short.

Kiona 2016 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley $15 85 points
Aromas of overripe, slightly bruised red apple, ale and apple skin are at the fore. It brings a spritz to the off-dry apple-juice flavors, seeming to have not fully settled into the glass.

Kontos 2013 Alatus Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $41 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (28%), Syrah (9%) and Malbec. Aromas of macerated cherries, baking spice and cranberry are followed by sweet fruit flavors. It brings a slight sense of astringency but otherwise delivers the goods.

Kontos 2013 Beckett Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $55 91 points
This wine is a blend Cabernet Sauvignon (61%), Merlot (31%) and Syrah. The aromas open up with vibrant notes of cranberry, cherry, baking spice, licorice, vanilla and barrel spice. The palate is concentrated with cherry and blackberry flavors that show a lot of textural appeal. The tannins bring a touch of grit.

Kontos 2014 Summit View Vineyard Malbec Walla Walla Valley $41 89 points
Purple fruit and wood spice intermingle on the aromas, along with clove, herb and baking spice, showing a touch of volatility. The fruit flavors are big and bold, bringing a sense of structure and liveliness. It’s an intriguing example of the variety from an up-and-coming vineyard.

Kontos 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $39 89 points
The smoke, herb, vanilla, wood spice and black cherry aromas are barrel forward but still provide appeal. The flavors are medium bodied, bringing a bit of grittiness to the tannins while finishing green.

Kontos 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $41 88 points
The aromas are fresh, with notes of cranberry, red currant, baking spice and Red Vines. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied, trailing a bit on the finish. The vineyard, one of the state’s top Syrah sites, doesn’t seem to stand out as much as it typically does.

Kontos 2013 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $37 88 points
The aromas of barrel spice, herb and cherry are light and elusive. The red-fruit flavors are medium bodied, pulling up short on the finish.

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Ferguson Vineyard Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley $65 92 points
This wine comes from a recently planted area of valley, high on a ridge top. A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec, the aromas boast high-toned notes of mineral, herb, cherry, licorice and dark fruit. The cranberry and cherry flavors bring a sense of concentration and richness. It shows well now, but should only get better with some additional time in the bottle.

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley $55 92 points
This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. High-toned aromas of raspberry, cherry, cranberry, barrel spice and dark fruit lead to concentrated, well-balanced red- and black-fruit flavors. The finish sails into the distance. It drinks beautifully now, but should have a long life in front of it.

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $40 91 points
This wine is 100% Cabernet, coming from Seven Hills, Loess, Summit View, Yellow Jacket, Stone Valley, Ferguson and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Locked-up aromas of barrel spice, toast, herb, vanilla and dark fruit give way to rich but well balanced black-fruit flavors. Lightly grainy tannins offer sufficient support.

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $30 89 points
This is a true pan-Washington Cabernet, with fruit coming from 12 different vineyards scattered across the Columbia Valley. It’s 100% varietal as aromas of char, toast, black cherry meats, herb, cranberry and spice are followed by elegantly styled dark-fruit flavors. The tannins bring a bit of heft and grip.

Lauren Ashton Cellars 2013 Malbec Snipes Mountain $45 90 points
It’s relatively rare to see bottles from this appellation. High-toned aromas of herb, flower, dark plum and white pepper lead to ripe sweet plump cherry flavors. The structure is light but it delivers a lot of easy-drinking appeal.

Lawrelin 2004 Syrah Columbia Valley $42 92 points
A full 13 years old, the aromas are still vibrant, with notes of cranberry sauce, leather, vanilla and baking spice. The palate displays a beautiful sense of balance between the fruit and barrel flavors. It’s in an absolute sweet spot right now but still has life in front of it.

Lawrelin 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $48 91 points
A full 13-years-old, the aromas are all tertiary, bringing notes of mushroom, leather and dried cherry. The cranberry and cherry flavors are still holding on the palate, showing a delightful sense of balance. It’s in a sweet spot. Drink now.

Leonetti Cellar 2014 Reserve Walla Walla Valley $150 93 points
This wine is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot from Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland and Serra Pedace vineyards. Aromas of fresh herbs, scorched earth, mineral, and red and black fruit—slightly dried-out-seeming—lead to a silky textured concentrated palate. The tannins are there but are beautifully integrated. It shows plenty of hang time on the finish. It should have a good 15 years in front of it. Best from 2024–2030. Cellar Selection

Leonetti Cellar 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $95 93 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland, Leonetti Old Block and Serra Pedace. Aromas of mineral, black cherry, incense, barrel spice and scorched earth lead to a full-bodied textured palate full of black-fruit flavors and tightly wound tannins. It drinks quite young now, needing some time to come into its own. Best from 2024–2029. Cellar Selection

Leonetti Cellar 2015 Merlot Walla Walla Valley $75 91 points
A blend of Loess Vineyard and Leonetti Old Block, this wine is 100% varietal. The aromas are bright and pure, with notes of raspberry, cherry, plum, anise and spice. The flavors deliver, with a sense of understated appeal.

Leonetti Cellar 2014 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley $70 89 points
This wine is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Aglianico, hailing from Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland and Serra Pedace vineyards. Aromas of cranberry, raspberry, and fruit leather lead to quite tart cranberry flavors. The concentration doesn’t quite seem all there to stand up by itself but it should fit in well at the dinner table.

Luke 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $25 88 points
Aromas of cocoa, red apple, barrel spice, graphite and cherry lead to a full-bodied palate. The tannins brings some grain and grip. It delivers enjoyment but drinks quite young and shows some warmth on the finish.

Maloney 2014 Single Vineyard Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $65 90 points
This unique project focuses on one single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon each year. Aromas of vanilla bean and other barrel spices are at the fore at present, with dark fruit lurking in the background. The plum and black-currant flavors are lush and full, showing a bit of warmth on the finish. The oak influence is primary at present but it has good stuffing.

Matthews 2014 Claret Columbia Valley $35 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (54%) takes the lead on this blend, followed by Merlot (23%), Cabernet Franc (13%), Malbec (6%) and Petit Verdot. Aromas of fresh herb, flower, pencil lead, cherry jam and spice lead to light tart, fresh fruit flavors. The tannins bring a bit of grip and dryness that hopefully smooths out with some additional time in the bottle but it has the stuffing to go the distance.

Matthews 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $35 90 points
This 100% varietal wine brings lightly styled aromas of green grass, herb, snap pea and whiffs of green pepper. The palate is full bodied and textured, bringing a sense of richness but never losing its balance. It lingers on the finish.

Matthews 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $55 90 points
The aromas lean a bit into the green but not in an untoward way, with notes of parsley and other green herbs in front of pencil lead and black fruit. The dark-fruit flavors bring a sense of restraint and polish that carries throughout the finish.

Matthews 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $25 89 points
Blended with 11% Sémillon, this wine brings lightly styled aromas of citrus, herb and spice, along with barrel spice and whiffs of tropical fruit. Kiwi and citrus flavors fill out the palate, which shows a sense of sophistication.

Matthews 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $55 89 points
Blended with 13% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the aromas offer notes of herb, cherry and spice. The palate shows a very pretty, elegant styling that carries through the finish. It shows a touch of greenness and finishes a bit warm.

Milbrandt 2016 Rosé Columbia Valley $13 88 points
This wine is three-quarters Syrah, with the balance Tempranillo. Pale salmon in color, bright aromas of strawberry, watermelon and herb lead to dry appley flavors. It offers easy-drinking pleasure. Best Buy

Milbrandt 2015 The Estates Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay Ancient Lakes $22 88 points
Aromas of corn, lees, yellow apple, pear and spice lead to a rich creamy palate. The lees influence gets a bit intense and heavy handed on both the aromas and the palate but it still brings plenty of enjoyment.

Morell-Peña 2015 Ysabella Bjork Chardonnay Columbia Valley $45 92 points
Aromas of pear, lees and tropical fruit lead to a rich flavorful palate, absolutely loaded with tropical-fruit flavors that show a delightful sense of balance. The oak usage (25% new French) is judicious, allowing the fruit to shine.

Morell-Peña 2015 Gemma Camaryn Chardonnay Columbia Valley $45 91 points
This is the third of three Chardonnays named after the winemaker’s daughters. The aromas bring notes of clarified butter, lees, spice, pear, pineapple and other tropical fruit. The flavors are rich but still show restraint, with a lightly creamy feel and a long finish.

Morell-Peña 2015 Amylla Loren Chardonnay Columbia Valley $45 91 points
One of three Chardonnays named after the winemaker’s daughters, the aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of lees, almond, melted butter, cream, peach and spice. All Clone 95, the tropical-fruit flavors are sweet, rich and layered. A touch of heat on the finish is the only thing that holds it back.

Mount Si 2013 Arianses Vineyard Merlot Wahluke Slope $28 88 points
The aromas are direct and appealing, with notes of macerated cherries, cranberry, currant, vanilla and wood spice. The palate brings alternately sweet and tart fruit flavors, backed by firm tannins. It shows some heat on the finish.

Mount Si 2013 Arianses Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope $28 87 points
Baking-spice, dark-chocolate, vanilla and cocoa aromas resonate on this barrel-forward wine. The palate brings luscious dark-fruit and dark-chocolate flavors, with grainy tannins backing it up. It shows some warmth on the finish.

Nelms Road 2015 Red Blend Washington $25 89 points
Merlot (53%) makes up the majority of this wine, followed by Cabernet Franc (31%), with the balance being other Bordeaux varieties. It shows whiffs of reduction out of the gate which are followed by aromas of blackberry and spice. The palate brings a mouthful of black-fruit flavors backed by lightly dry grainy tannins. Black and purple-fruit flavors persist on the finish.

Nine Hats 2015 Red Blend Columbia Valley $20 88 points
This wine is 50% Syrah, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Malbec. The aromas pop, with notes of blackberry, blueberry, smoked meat and herb. The fruit flavors are lush, backed by tannins that bring quite a bit of grit to them. Perhaps some additional time in the bottle will soften them out.

Nodland 2013 Avant Garde Seven Hills Vineyard Carmenère Walla Walla Valley $27 87 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of charred wood, jalapeño pepper, herb and cherry. The palate is light and pillowy in feel, surprisingly elegant considering the aromatics. Char and pepper flavors persist on the finish. The wood seems a bit heavy handed.

Northstar 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $41 92 points
The aromas are generous, with notes of spice box, blue and purple fruit, pencil lead, barrel spice and vanilla. It’s silky and sumptuous, showing a pleasing sense of texture and an extended finish.

Northstar 2014 Premier Merlot Columbia Valley $85 92 points
This wine is 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, coming from Cold Creek and Four Feathers vineyards. Designed with the specific intent of aging, brooding aromas of blue and red fruit, earth and spice lead to a saturated seamless palate. It drinks beautifully now, but should have a long life in front of it. Best after 2022. Cellar Selection

Northstar 2014 Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 91 points
This wine all comes from Watermill Vineyard down in the Rocks District. Seeing only 27% new French oak, it rises up from the glass with appealing aromas of orange peel, moist earth, ember, herb and smoked meat, along with wisps of black olive. The palate is supersmooth and silky, showing a beguiling sense of texture. The concentration seems a bit light at times, but overall it delivers.

Northstar 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $55 91 points
Blue-fruit aromas are front and center along with notes of herb and barrel spice. The palate shows restraint and suppleness that continues through the sweet fruit flavors on the finish. It’s an intriguing, stylistically unique offering of this variety.

Northstar 2014 Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
Merlot makes up 58% of this blend, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) and Cabernet Franc. A blend of fruit from Anna Marie, Spring Valley, Loess, and Minnick Hills vineyards, the aromas are light, with notes of plum, raspberry, barrel toast and spice. The palate is soft and silky, gliding on the finish. It’s all about delicacy.

Northstar 2014 Merlot Columbia Valley $41 90 points
Pleasing aromas of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, smoke and blue and red berries lead to a palate full of plump fruit flavors with barrel accents throughout. It’s a very pretty and elegant expression of the variety.

Noviello 2013 Méthode Champenoise Brut Sparkling Blend Columbia Valley $45 88 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of the underside of a pineapple, barrel spice, yeast and spice. It drinks quite dry, with abundant spice flavors that provide appeal.

Noviello 2015 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $18 84 points
This wine is colored like a pale Pinot Noir and also shows some bricking. It brings blunt aromas of cherry and spice that lead to dry,seemingly watered-down fruit flavors. It falls flat.

Pirouette 2013 Vintage Select Solo Dancer Columbia Valley $90 92 points
Although not labeled as such, this is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Aromas of dried herb, black currant, pipe tobacco, cassis, black licorice and blackberry pie give way to pitch-black tightly wound fruit flavors. It shows exquisite concentration and richness, with enough acid and tannin to go the distance.

Pirouette 2014 Columbia Valley $65 91 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (57%) takes the lead on this wine, followed by Petit Verdot (18%), Merlot (17%), Cabernet Franc (7%) and Malbec. Bright aromas of plum, cranberry, cigar box, blackberry, café au lait and smoke lead to sweet generous red and black-fruit flavors. It brings a sense of purity of flavor that captures the attention.

Puget Purveyors 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $25 88 points
High-toned aromas of dried herb, cherry liqueur, red apple and baking spice are followed by full-bodied generous dark-fruit flavors. Grainy tannins provide support. It finishes a bit green and gritty.

Quilceda Creek 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $140 94 points
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux, Palengat and Wallula vineyards, all located with the Horse Heaven Hills appellation. Aromas of incense, dark fruit, licorice and barrel spice rise up from the glass, which also reveals penetrating cherry and anise notes. The flavors are rich and concentrated but far from over the top, with expertly integrated tannins. It brings a very pleasing sense of texture. Just a baby now, but it has the stuffing to go the distance. Best from 2027–2033. Cellar Selection

Raconteur 2016 White Blend Washington $18 89 points
Two-thirds Chenin Blanc and one-third Grüner Veltliner, this wine opens with aromas of apple, white pepper, herb and spice. It brings a sense of freshness and purity, along with a rounded feel.

Rasa 2013 Veritas Sequitur SJR Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $95 94 points
This wine was aged for 32 months in 85% new French oak but you’d never know it based on the vibrant aromas of iron, earth, bacon fat, black olive, garigue, orange peel, dried flower and purple fruit. This leads to a mouthful of fruit and savory flavors that coat the palate from end to end, finishing savory with abundant black olive notes. The sense of balance is exquisite as is the delicacy.

Rasa 2015 Tilting at Windmills XL Vineyard Walla Walla Valley $75 92 points
This wine is a unique blend of Grenache (63%), Syrah (19%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of raspberry, garigue, blueberry and herb give way to palate-coating red and blue-fruit flavors that persist on the finish. It shows a lovely sense of balance, poise and polish.

Rasa 2014 In Order to Form a More Perfect Union Columbia Valley $95 92 points
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (41%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (22%) and Petit Verdot from Firethorn, Bacchus, DuBrul, Dionysus, Kiona and XL vineyards, the aromas are all high toned, with notes of char, coffee grounds, plum, herb, barrel spice and vanilla. The coffee, cherry and dark-fruit flavors are concentrated but lithe, showing a mesmerizing sense of balance.

Rasa 2013 Fianchetto Xl Vineyard Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $95 91 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (67%), Merlot (26%) and Cabernet Franc. It’s aromatically expressive, with notes of raspberry, cigar box, mint, café au lait, blackberry, dried herb, anise and wet gravel. The palate displays a sense of elegance and refinement that captures the attention, with red-fruit flavors lingering on the long (slightly warm) finish.

Rasa 2014 For the Love of the Game Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $95 91 points
This is a single vineyard, 100% varietal wine, aged in 70% new French oak. It draws you into the glass, with notes of char, fig, blackberry, spice and coffee. The dark-roasted coffee and dark-fruit flavors show precision and detail, lingering on the finish. The wood is primary at present but should integrate with time.

Rasa 2015 Primus Inter Pares Monette’s Vineyard Grenache Walla Walla Valley $60 91 points
Lighter in color, the aromas from this Rocks District wine are delicate, with notes of raspberry, kirsch, herb, rose petal and smoke. The flavors meanwhile are plump and generous, bringing a real sense of purity and restraint due to the neutral French oak aging. The extended finish shows a touch of warmth.

Rasa 2014 Plus One Kiona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $75 90 points
Although it’s 100% varietal and comes from one of the state’s oldest Cabernet vineyards, this wine is somewhat blue-fruited for the variety, with notes of plum and mountain blueberry along with herb, graphite, espresso and spice. The palate shows more of the same, bringing a sense of restraint and polish along with lightly grainy tannins that need some time to stretch their legs. It doesn’t scream Cabernet but it still brings plenty of appeal. Best after 2022.

Rasa 2014 Occam’s Razor Red Blend Columbia Valley $16 86 points
Unusual aromas of wet copper penny, rubbed sage and black cherry are followed by tart cherry and cranberry flavors. The aromas and palate seem disconnected.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Foothills Reserve Syrah Walla Walla Valley $70 94 points
This is a shockingly good wine. The aromas draw you into the glass, with vibrant notes of capers and Kalamata olives, brine, smoke meat, mineral, black pepper and earth. The fruit and savory flavors—speckled by black and green olive notes throughout—show a compelling sense of texture and richness. It’s a savory delight.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Foothills in the Sun Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $70 93 points
This wine comes from the winery’s plantings in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, a relatively unexplored region of the valley. Brooding aromas of ember, black and green olive, flower and earth lead to exceptionally pure-feeling fruit and savory flavors. It brings a compelling mouthfeel and sense of balance.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Estate In the Rocks Syrah Walla Walla Valley $70 93 points
Co-fermented with 5% Viognier, mineral-laden aromas of smoked meat, Kalamata olive, earth, flower and funk are followed by shimmering fruit and savory flavors that possess a compelling mouthfeel and lead to an extended finish. The alcohol and oak are dialed back, allowing the fruit to shine.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Estate The Contender In the Rocks Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $85 92 points
Blended with 6% Marsanne, the aromas are light (considering the appellation and producer), bringing notes of herb, smoked meat, white pepper, mineral and earth. The flavors are tart and bright, creating a real sense of freshness and vibrancy.

Reynvaan Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Stonessence In the Rocks Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $100 91 points
Subdued aromas of moist soil, funk, ember and smoke are followed by supersmooth cranberry, cherry and savory flavors, along with abundant earth accents. It brings an appealing sense of texture, although it’s quite reserved in style for a Rocks wine.

Saggi 2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley $50 91 points
This wine is a blend of Sangiovese (52%), Cabernet Sauvignon (32%) and Syrah. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, herb, pencil lead, smoke, cranberry and dark fruit lead to palate-coating black-fruit flavors that display depth and density. It shows a lovely sense of balance and detail.

Savage Grace 2016 Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rattlesnake Hills $28 90 points
Coming from 17-year-old vines, this is a one-of-a-kind wine in the state, seeing no new oak and released earlier than most whites. Light but alluring aromas of fresh herb, sage, flower and raspberry lead to ultra-pure red-fruit flavors. It’s delightful on its own but put it on the dinner table to see it truly shine. Editor's Choice

Savage Grace 2016 Orange Oak Ridge Vineyard Gewürztraminer Columbia Gorge $26 89 points
This one-of-a-kind in the state wine was fermented on skins for 12 days, giving it a light-orange color. The aromas leap up from the glass, with notes of spice, lychee, orange peel and mineral. The palate is dry and textured, with a rich but still sleek feel. Put it on the dinner table to see it shine.

Savage Grace 2016 Cabernet Franc Red Willow Vineyard Rosé Yakima Valley $NA 89 points
The first rosé from this winery is a direct press with a several hours of skin contact, coming from new plantings at this esteemed vineyard. Pale cherry in color, it brings pleasing aromas of strawberry, citrus zest, green pepper and mineral. The palate is dry, sleek and stylish, with abundant, tart citrus-rind flavors that keep the interest high, finishing with a green herbal note.

Sequel 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley $60 91 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Boushey, Bacchus, The Benches and Candy Mountain vineyards. Very primary aromas of smoke, toast, char and cherry are followed by sumptuous fruit and barrel flavors. The oak seems a little heavy handed at times but it still brings a lot of appeal.

Seven Falls 2013 Merlot Wahluke Slope $18 89 points
The aromas are so light you need to strain to get at them, with notes of vanilla, coffee and cherry. The palate brings plentiful coffee and cherry flavors that show a pleasing sense of texture. One wants more aromatically, but the palate delivers.

Seven Hills 2014 Red Blend Walla Walla Valley $35 91 points
The inaugural release of this wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, coming from Summit View, Pepper Bridge, Cockburn, McClellan Estate, Stone Valley, Seven Hills, Waliser Rocks and Fire Ridge vineyards. Green herb, black fruit, coffee and anise aromas give way to beautifully balanced red- and black-fruit flavors. The acidity brings a sense of vibrancy, while the tannins provide plenty of structure.

Shooting Star 2014 Aligoté Washington $14 87 points
Aromas of corn on the cob and spice lead to lightly sweet-seeming medium-bodied fruit flavors that bring a sense of balance. It provides easy drinking appeal.

Shooting Star 2014 Cote de Columbia Red Blend Washington $14 87 points
Composed primarily of Lemberger, this wine is fruit forward, with notes of blue and black berries along with generous cranberry and spice accents. The flavors are light and cranberry tart, tapering toward the finish. It’s a pleasant easy drinker, with a focus on purity.

Shooting Star 2013 Blue Franc Blaufränkisch Washington $14 86 points
The aromas are light in style, with notes of tin, mint, berry and wild raspberry. The flavors are light and cranberry tart, not bringing the heft to stand up on their own.

Shoup 2013 Columbia Valley $100 93 points
This wine is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 23% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The aromas leap up from the glass, with notes of garden herb, tar, black cherry and licorice. The flavors are rich and saturated, loaded with black-fruit notes that persist effortlessly on the finish. It shows a fine sense of structure and balance along with a compelling texture. Best after 2024. Cellar Selection

Skyfall 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley $12 86 points
Light aromas of freshly shucked corn and spice lead to a medium-bodied straightforward palate. It’s straight down the fairway.

Skyfall 2015 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley $12 85 points
Aromas of overripe slightly turned apple and grape skin are followed by dry citrus and guava flavors. It seems quite disjointed.

Snoqualmie 2015 ECO Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $13 85 points
The aromas on this wine are surprisingly blue fruited for a Cabernet, followed by notes of herb, green pepper and spice. The flavors are lightly sweet, followed by a spice-filled finish. It’s a straightforward quaffer that doesn’t quite show its variety.

Soos Creek 2014 Palisades Merlot Columbia Valley $30 90 points
Champoux, Charbonneau, Ciel du Cheval, Elephant Mountain, Klipsun, and Slide Mountain vineyards make up this wine. The aromas are lightly styled, with notes of baking spice, caramel, licorice, raspberry and dried herb. It comes off as full bodied, rich and liquorous, coating the palate from end to end with ripe red and black-fruit flavors. It’s a hedonistic delight.

Soos Creek 2014 Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $30 87 points
The blend of fruit comes from the Dineen and Slide Mountain vineyards. Aromas of black tea, coffee, game and spice are followed by slightly dried-out-seeming fruit flavors, laced with medicinal notes. It doesn’t all come together.

Sparkman 2014 Enlightenment Chardonnay Yakima Valley $50 90 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Oasis (84%) and Olsen vineyards. A pale golden color, the aromas are light, with notes of lees, stone fruit, cinnamon, cream and spice. The palate is creamy and full in feel, with pleasing spice accents on the extended finish. A touch of warmth is the only thing that holds it back.

Sparkman 2016 Birdie Riesling Columbia Valley $18 90 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from the Bacchus (57%), Dionysus (22%) and Olsen (21%) vineyards. The aromas are vibrant, with notes of lime zest, white peach, apple and mineral, along with whiffs of reduction. It drinks dry, with a sleek high-acid styling. Stone-fruit flavors linger on the finish. Pair it with food to see it at its best.

Sparkman 2015 Wonderland Grenache Yakima Valley $32 90 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Boushey, Olsen and Sagemoor vineyards. Light in color, the aromas bring vibrant notes of stemmy herb, smoked meat and raspberry. It’s light and elegant in style, with pillowy fruit flavors that linger on the finish. It shows a sense of delicacy.

Sparkman 2014 Holler Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $32 89 points
Red Mountain fruit from Obelisco, Kiona and Klipsun vineyards make up the heart of this wine, with Dionysus, Olsen and Oasis rounding it out. High-toned aromas of vanilla, herb and jammy black cherry lead to polished dark-fruit flavors. It brings a lot of enjoyment.

Sparkman 2014 Outlaw Merlot Yakima Valley $52 88 points
This wine is a blend of fruit from Obelisco, Olsen, Oasis and Kiona vineyards. Wood-forward aromas (60% new French oak) of char and coffee are out in front of herb and black cherry. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied, pulling up short on the finish. There’s enjoyment to be had but the variety seems hard to find.

Sparkman 2014 Yonder Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $38 88 points
Kiona Vineyard makes up the majority of the fruit for this wine, with the balance coming from Olsen. Aromas of char, plum, wood spice and sliced red apple lead to full-bodied fruit flavors. The tannins show some grittiness.

Sparkman 2016 Pearl Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley $22 88 points
This wine all comes from Oasis Vineyard. The aromas are light, with notes of citrus peel, herb and guava, showing some reduction. The palate is sleekly styled with nervy acids that keep the interest up.

Sparkman 2014 Wilderness Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 88 points
This wine is a kitchen-sink blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Temprannilo, Sauzão and Touriga Naçional. The aromas are lighter in style, with notes of high-toned red fruit, herb, red fruit and spice. Red and black-fruit flavors fill out the palate, lengthening on the finish.

Sparkman 2015 Apparition Yakima Valley $24 87 points
This wine is a blend of Roussanne (58%), Marsanne (21%) and Grenache Blanc from Olsen and Boushey vineyards. Unusual aromas of apricot, herb, lees, toasted Grape-nuts and candle wax lead to waxy stone-fruit flavors. It doesn’t all come together.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2014 Frederick Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
This wine is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Aromas of cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, wood spice, graphite and herb lead to sweet full-bodied plum and coffee flavors. It has a lot of textural appeal, with lightly chalky tannins providing support.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2014 Uriah Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
Merlot (56%) and Cabernet Franc (38%) make up the majority of this wine, with the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. The aromas are all high toned and somewhat locked up, with notes of herb, dried flower, chocolate and cherry. The palate offers a sense of sophistication and restraint, showing a lot of polish.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Malbec Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
Aromas of raspberry, plum, freshly ground black pepper, herb and wood spice lead to pure tart cranberry and cherry flavors that bring a compelling feel. The tannins bring a light squeeze. It’s a lovely example of the variety.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2014 Derby Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley $50 91 points
This wine is 100% varietal. Pungent aromas of blue fruit, high-toned herb, pencil lead and plentiful barrel spice lead to exceptionally well-balanced polished fruit flavors. Lightly grainy tannins provide support. The balance is exquisite as is the lengthy finish.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2014 Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley $50 90 points
Aromas of asphalt, herb, cracked pepper and dark fruit lead to full-bodied fruit flavors. It sails on the finish.

Spring Valley Vineyard 2014 Estate Grown Katherine Corkrum Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley $50 89 points
Aromas of cigar box, green herb, asphalt and cherry are followed by sweet fruit flavors that display a very pretty sense of styling. It doesn’t quite all come together but delivers plenty of intrigue, showing a fine sense of elegance.

Stevens 2014 StevensBlackTongue Syrah Yakima Valley $32 91 points
High-toned aromas of blackberry, aniseed, macerated cranberry, motor oil and flower lead to rich full-bodied cranberry and blackberry flavors that bring a sense of hedonism.

Stevens 2014 StevensTimley Malbec Yakima Valley $32 91 points
This wine opens with aromas of green herb, purple fruit, orange peel and wood spice. The palate brings sweet but tart cranberry and cherry flavors that possess a velvety feel. It’s an intriguing example of the variety.

Stevens 2014 StevensXY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $45 90 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of savory herb, orange peel, cranberry and spice. The flavors are higher in acidity, tart and puckering, with orange-peel flavors lingering on the finish. The tannins seem a little crunchy right now but should soften with some additional time in the bottle. It’s a stylistically unique wine for the state. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.

Stevens 2014 Sevens424 Yakima Valley $36 89 points
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Cabernet Franc (29%), Merlot (19%), Malbec (9%) and Petit Verdot. It explores the first two varieties’s leafier sides, with aromas of garden herbs followed by graphite, orange peel and barrel spice. The palate is tart and fresh, full of cranberry flavors supported by lightly chewy tannins. It brings a pleasing sense of acidity that bodes well for its longevity.

Stevens 2014 StevensMerlot Merlot Yakima Valley $32 89 points
The aromas are bright, with notes of fresh herb, red cherry, Red Vines, orange peel and barrel spice. The palate shows a pleasing sense of concentration and richness, with light meaty notes on the finish.

Stevens 2016 StevensSteel Chardonnay Yakima Valley $25 89 points
This is an expressive example of this variety, especially considering the stainless steel aging. The aromas are bright, with notes of apple, pear and melon. The cantaloupe flavors are broad and fleshy, lingering on the finish. It brings a lot of appeal.

Stevens 2014 StevensFranc Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley $32 87 points
The aromas are quite bright, with notes of dried cranberry and raspberry along with spice and game. The palate is full of medicine-cabinet and game flavors, seeming a bit dried out.

Stevens 2016 StevensDivio Viognier Yakima Valley $21 87 points
This wine seems to show a bit of oxygen exposure, which distracts from its aromas of orange peel and flower. It’s a shame as it is flavorful and varietal, with floral notes persisting on the finish.

Syncline 2014 Estate Vineyard Syrah Columbia Gorge $60 92 points
Syrah is a relative rarity from this appellation. Harvested at one ton per acre, this one brings light aromas of earth, white pepper, herb and smoked meat. It’s palate coating, with reserved red fruit and spice flavors that bring a compelling sense of texture. There’s no apparent new oak influence, keeping the focus on the fruit. Put it on the dinner table and it will shine. Editor's Choice

Syncline 2015 Grenache-Carignan Horse Heaven Hills $30 91 points
This wine—the only of its kind in the state—is a blend of 70% Carignan and 30% Grenache. It brings appealing, quite pure aromas of herbs, bramble and red fruit. The flavors also bring a compelling sense of purity, with no new oak influence anywhere in sight. Put it on the dinner table to see it shine. Editor's Choice

Syncline 2015 Scintillation Brut Sparkling Wine Underwood Mountain Vineyard Grüner Veltliner Columbia Gorge $40 90 points
Grüner Veltliner is an extreme rarity in the state. Sparkling offerings? Unheard of. This one brings appealing aromas of lime pith, white pepper, autolytic notes and citrus. The palate brings a big blast of acid, drinking quite dry. The acid is intense on its own but it will fit in nicely at the dinner table.

Syncline 2016 McKinley Springs Vineyard Rosé Horse Heaven Hills $24 89 points
This wine is a unique in the state blend and features Cinsault (35%), Grenache (35%) and Mourvèdre. Pale peach in color with a slight bronze tinge, the aromas are light, with notes of strawberry, citrus zest and mineral. The flavors are dry, sleek and high acid. It’s a perfect summer wine.

Tamarack Cellars 2015 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $30 89 points
The aromas pop on this 100% varietal, with notes of dark plum, mountain blueberry, vanilla and cream. The flavors are smooth and sultry, mixing fruit and barrel with a plush feel and a lightly astringent finish. The variety is hard to get but it delivers a lot of enjoyment.

Tamarack Cellars 2015 Firehouse Red Blend Columbia Valley $16 87 points
Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) takes the lead on this wine, followed by Merlot (21%), Syrah (17%), Cabernet Franc (14%) and five other varieties. Aromas of blue fruit, char, plum, herb, confection and spice are followed by easy-drinking plum flavors, with a slightly clipped finish. It’s a pleasant easy drinker.

Tamarack Cellars 2016 Rosé of Mourvèdre Columbia Valley $16 86 points
Pale peach in color, this wine starts out a bit reduced, which causes initial distraction. The citrus flavors are light, with the concentration not seeming to be all there.

Tempus Cellars 2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 90 points
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (35%) and Cabernet Franc comes from Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau and Seven Hills vineyards—some of the top vineyards in the state. Dark roasted coffee bean, char, herb and cherry aromas lead to restrained fruit and barrel flavors that show a fine sense of elegance. It delivers a lot of quality and value. Editor's Choice

Tempus Cellars 2013 Sagemoor Vineyards Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley $34 89 points
Cut with 25% Merlot, aromas of fresh herb, coffee, graphite, cocoa and cherry are followed by lightly styled fruit flavors that taper toward the finish. It shows a very pretty sense of elegance.

Tempus Cellars 2013 Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $34 88 points
This wine all comes from Block 18 at this esteemed vineyard. The aromas bring a medley of herbs along with graphite, licorice and black cherry. The palate is medium bodied, but pulls up a bit short on the finish.

Tempus Cellars 2015 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling Ancient Lakes $18 88 points
Coming from the state’s premier Riesling vineyard, this wine opens with lightly styled aromas of slate, apricot and peach. It drinks a hair off dry, with honeyed stone-fruit flavors.

Tenet 2015 The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley $25 91 points
The aromas bring a sense purity, with notes of mountain blueberry, high-toned herb and whiffs of smoked meat. The flavors are fruit forward, showing a pleasing approachability and sense of freshness, with a finish that glides. Editor's Choice

Tenor 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley $58 93 points
This wine is überaromatic, with notes of raspberry jam, stemmy herbs, blackberries, smoked meat, orange peel, iron and an earthy funk. The palate brings a lot of intensity of flavor, with smoke and orange-peel notes lingering on the warm finish.

Tenor 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley $48 88 points
The aromas are generous, with notes of freshly cut wood, custard and herb. The palate is full bodied, rich and creamy in feel. The wood shows prominently and it brings warmth on the finish.

The Walls 2014 Stanley Groovy Red Blend Red Mountain $38 90 points
This wine is a blend of grapes seldom found in the state: Souzão (34%) Tinta Roriz (33%), Touriga Nacional (31%) and Tinta Cão. The aromas jump out of the glass, with notes of violets, purple fruit, freshly peeled orange, barrel spice and earth. The soft plush fruit flavors are extremely fresh and piquant, with the oak influence seeming dialed back. It’s a very intriguing wine.

The Walls 2016 Cruel Summer Rosé Columbia Gorge $22 90 points
Pale peach in color, the aromas bring bright notes of passion fruit, guava and strawberry. It drinks dry, but with plenty of kiwi and other tropical-fruit flavors bringing a sense of sweetness. Distinctly fruit forward for a rosé, it delivers a lot of appeal, despite occasionally seeming a bit weighty.

The Walls 2015 Martin’s Gold French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Yakima Valley $36 89 points
The aromas are light, with notes of candle wax, herb and spice. The palate brings a light but still rounded, creamy feel that carries through the lingering finish.

The Walls 2015 Lip Stinger French Creek Vineyard Grenache Blanc Yakima Valley $38 89 points
This variety remains an extreme rarity in the state but the early offerings show promise. Here, the aromas are light, with notes of citrus zest, lees and mineral. The flavors are broad and creamy in feel, extending on the finish. It should show well at the dinner table.

The Walls 2014 The Ramparts Red Mountain $46 89 points
This wine is half Grenache, with the balance Mourvèdre (31%), Syrah (14%) and Counoise. Lighter in color, it brings aromas of cranberry, cherry, spice, smoked meat and herb. The tart cranberry flavors are full bodied, showing a sense of purity and balance, pulling up a bit on the finish.

The Walls 2015 McAndrew White Salmon Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Gorge $36 88 points
Aromas of pear and cream lead to a medium-bodied palate full of candlewax flavors. Lees and pear notes persist on the finish.

The Walls 2014 Wonderful Nightmare Stoney Vine Vineyard Tempranillo Walla Walla Valley $42 86 points
Light in color, intriguing aromas of cedar, mushroom, orange peel, smoke and cigar box are followed by somewhat faint elegantly styled red-fruit and spice flavors. It falls a bit flat on the palate.

Underground Wine Project 2016 And Why am I Mr. Pink? Rosé of Sangiovese Columbia Valley $11 88 points
A very appealing pale-peach color, this wine brings aromas of strawberry and cherry. The flavors are tart and decisive, with a lingering finish. Best Buy

Underground Wine Project 2014 Idle Hands Red Blend Red Mountain $25 87 points
This wine is 90% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of plum, smoke, orange peel and dried fruit are followed by a sweet full-bodied palate. It packs a big wallop but could use a bit more acid to balance out the abundance of fruit.

Upchurch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $70 92 points
The aromas are almost completely closed up at present, occasionally revealing notes of barrel spice, dried cherries, herb and dark fruit. The palate displays a sense of elegance and nuance, showing pleasing subtleties. Give it some time in the cellar to for the wood to integrate and the fruit to blossom. Best after 2023. Cellar Selection

Upsidedown 2014 The Gold Drop Collection Kitzke Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $45 91 points
The aromas are quite pure, with notes of black cherry, anise and blackberry. The palate is more restrained than the aromas might suggest, with plentiful but elegant dark-fruit flavors that persist through the finish.

Upsidedown 2016 Rescue Rosé Columbia Valley $18 90 points
This wine is a rare example of Nebbiolo in the state. A pretty pale peach, almost bronze color, it brings aromas of mineral and strawberry. The tart flavors drink bone dry with medium-bodied cherry notes that draw out on the finish.

Upsidedown 2014 Method Red Blend Columbia Valley $25 85 points
This wine is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Nebbiolo and 22% Sangiovese. The volatiles are amped up, bringing distraction from the aromas of cranberry, cherry and vanilla. The fruit flavors are broad and drink quite sweet.

W.T. Vintners 2014 Damavian Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $45 93 points
Les Collines is one of the most exciting Syrah vineyards in the state and this wine, which all comes from Block 30 and saw only neutral barrels, expresses this site exquisitely. It opens with aromas of violets, rubbed herb, smoked meat and purple fruit. The palate brings a mesmerizing sense of purity, with mouth-coating seamless fruit and savory flavors. It drinks well on its own but is really designed for the dinner table. Editor's Choice

W.T. Vintners 2014 Gorgeous Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $30 92 points
All coming from Block 1, this wine was fermented 65% whole cluster and aged for 20 months in neutral barrels. Pretty aromas of spice, flower, herb, cherry and earth give way to a full fruit-forward palate that shows a dazzling sense of purity and richness while also maintaining its restraint. It’s a bit of a stylistic departure for the winery in terms of its richness but it still delivers big time.

W.T. Vintners 2016 Stoneridge Vineyard Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley $20 90 points
This is the first Chenin Blanc from this up-and-coming winery. All native yeast fermented and aged in stainless steel, the aromas pop, with notes of pear, apple, lees and melon. Sleek in style, it brings a sense of brightness and purity of flavor and bright acids. Very varietally correct, it’s a compelling example of Chenin in the state. Pair it with food to see it at its best.

W.T. Vintners 2016 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Grüner Veltliner Columbia Gorge $20 90 points
This wine was 20% barrel fermented with the rest in stainless steel. The aromas bring appealing notes of green apple, white pepper and herb. The palate is dry and sleek but still rounded in feel. This is as impressive an example of the variety that has come out of the state to date. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best.

Woodward Canyon 2014 Artist Series #23 Cabernet Sauvignon Washington $59 93 points
Fruit for this wine comes from top sites Champoux, Sagemoor, Woodward Canyon Estate and Summit View vineyards. It brings classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of black currant, black cherry and herbs along with generous barrel spices. The black-fruit and coffee flavors are lush and full, bringing a real sense of hedonism and delight.

Woodward Canyon 2015 Chardonnay Washington $44 91 points
A blend of fruit from Woodward Canyon and Celilo vineyards, subtle aromas of pear, apple and toast lead to elegant well-balanced fruit flavors, brightened by tart acidity. The balance is exquisite. Apple flavors persist on the finish.

Zero One Vintners 2015 Sauce Columbia Valley $15 86 points
This wine is mostly Merlot (77%), fleshed out by Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Petit Verdot. Fresh aromas of plum, herb, bittersweet chocolate and red fruit are followed by medium-bodied, lightly sweet fruit flavors. The tannins bring some grit and it shows some heat on the finish.


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