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Columbia Crest H3 Les Chevaux Horse Heaven Hills 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Supple, expressive and inviting, layering dark berry, licorice and toast flavors with specks of pepper and floral. Lingers easily...
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Delille Cellars D2 2011 750ml

Rated 93 - A smoking effort, the 2011 D2 checks in as a blend of 56% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit...
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Gorman Winery The Devil You Know 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Lithe, sleek and expressive, centering on blackberry and currant fruit that's shaded with peppery, spicy, earthy overtones. Finishes...
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Gorman Winery The Evil Twin 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2011 The Evil Twin is a blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Lacking a...
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Hedges Cellars Red Mountain Estate 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Aromas of herb, cedar, mushroom, anise and cherry are reserved on this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend. It's supple in feel, with...
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J. Bookwalter Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Made from a single vineyard blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Conflict is an...
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J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Another outstanding wine is the 2013 Protagonist (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) which spent 18 months in 50% new puncheons. It has a...
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J. Bookwalter Suspense Conner-Lee Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Reminiscent of a classy Pomerol, the 2013 Suspense checks in as a mix of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc that’s from an old vine...
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L'ecole No. 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Along the same lines as the Perigee, the 2012 Apogee Pepperbridge Vineyard has a slightly darker fruit profile to go with notes of...

Red Blend United States Washington State

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.

Since it began in the 1820s, wine-production in Washington state has gone from strength to strength, with many of the finest United States wines coming out over the past twenty years hailing from this region. Today, the state is the second largest US producer of wines, behind California, with over forty thousand acres under vine. The state itself is split into two distinct wine regions, separated by the Cascade Range, which casts an important rain shadow over much of the area. As such, the vast majority of vines are grown and cultivated in the dry, arid desert-like area in the eastern half of the state, with the western half producing less than one percent of the state's wines where it is considerably wetter. Washington state is famed for producing many of the most accessible wines of the country, with Merlot and Chardonnay varietal grapes leading the way, and much experimentation with other varietals characterizing the state's produce in the twenty-first century.