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7 Stellar Washington State Reds, From Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah

7 Stellar Washington State Reds, From Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah

Washington can trace its earliest winemaking roots to the 1860s, when Italian and German immigrants planted vines to make wines for their own consumption and local commercial distribution. The second largest wine producing state in the U.S.A., the modern wine industry started here in the 1950s and expanded rapidly through the following decades. The state’s largest wine region is the Columbia Valley AVA which crosses the border into northern Oregon and contains almost all of the other AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley, Ancient Lakes, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Naches Heights, and Yakima Valley. Four rivers provide an ideal environment for growing excellent grapes; they are the Columbia River, Snake River, Walla Walla River, and Yakima River and soil types vary depending upon the AVA but include alluvial, silt, loess, ancient river rocks, and fractured basalt. Washington winemakers grow many varieties of grapes, but we recently tasted a few dozen reds and narrowed it down to seven exceptional wines composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc from the 2020 and 2021 vintages.

Source: Robb Report

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