Best Washington Wines 2012: Bottle Bang for Your Buck

Ten 90-point reds at $25 or less, listed alphabetically.

By Sean P. Sullivan August 22, 2012 Published in the September 2012 issue of Seattle Met

Bergevin Lane She Devil Syrah Columbia Valley 2009
This glass-staining wine is filled with violets, blueberries, and milk chocolate, with a soft, silky palate. $24

Corvus Cuvee Columbia Valley 2009
A Bordeaux-style blend boasting fruit from Red Mountain and Walla Walla Valley’s Seven Hills Vineyard. $19 

Kevin White Winery En Hommage Syrah Yakima Valley 2010
The Woodinville winery’s impressive debut shows great purity of fruit. $25 

L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 2009 
It’s Washington merlot at its most essential: a study in raspberries, chocolate, and spice. $24 

Long Shadows Nine Hats Red Wine Columbia Valley 2008 
Cabernet sauvignon dominates in this Bordeaux-style blend; it contains the same fruit as Long Shadows’ other wines—those wines just happen to cost twice as much. $25 

Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon Washington State 2009
Nelms Road is a second label for Woodward Canyon and draws from some of the same fruit sources to produce this showy cabernet. $25

Soos Creek Palisade Red Wine Columbia Valley 2009 
This fruit-filled red is 83 percent merlot and 17 percent cabernet sauvignon with fruit from Bacchus, Dionysus, and Klipsun vineyards. $25

Syncline Subduction Red Red Wine Columbia Valley 2010
This beautiful southern Rhone–style blend overflows with fresh fruit flavors; particularly lively acids accent this vintage. $20

Two Vintners Lola Red Wine Red Mountain 2009
Half cabernet sauvignon, half syrah, the blend brings bold black cherry and espresso flavors. $25

Woodinville Wine Cellars Little Bear Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley 2009
Cedar, spice, and dark, brambly fruit characterize this blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and malbec, made in a restrained style. $20

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