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Columbia Valley Wine Washington

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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  • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Saggi  2018  Front Label
    Saggi 2018
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2019  Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • 10,000 Hours Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    10,000 Hours Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Deal Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners The Deal Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2021  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2021
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2017  Front Label
      Figgins Estate Red Wine 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2020
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WS88
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Aquilini Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Aquilini Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Golden West Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
      Golden West Pinot Noir 2020
      Pinot Noir from Ancient Lakes, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2018  Front Label
      K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Figgins Figlia 2019  Front Label
      Figgins Figlia 2019
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Browne Family Vineyards Bitner Estate Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Browne Family Vineyards Bitner Estate Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2021  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2021
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Force Majeure Epinette 2017  Front Label
        Force Majeure Epinette 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Charles & Charles Red Blend 2018  Front Label
        Charles & Charles Red Blend 2018
        Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS92
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