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Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.

2008 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Cabernet Sauvignon

RP  98   
ST  95   

2015 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Cabernet Sauvignon

JD  98+    
ST  95+    
WA  93+    

2016 Sparkman Preposterous Malbec

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2016 Sparkman Preposterous Malbec

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2017 Sparkman The Outlaw Merlot

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WE  90   

2012 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red

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ST  93   
WS  92   

2009 Rasa Vineyards Plus One Kiona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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JD  95   
ST  93   
WS  92   
WA  90   
WE  90   

2012 Hedges Red Mountain Estate Malbec

2016 Three of Cups Le Bateleur Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  90   

2008 Piers Merlot