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Washington 2018 reds: top-scoring wines from Walla Walla Valley

The Walla Walla Valley has over 100 wineries and is home to some of the state’s oldest wineries. Dr Owen Bargreen takes a detailed look at the AVA and selects his best Walla Walla Valley 2018 red wines.

A warmer site that focuses on Bordeaux varietals, the Walla Walla Valley AVA dates back to 1850 grape growing by Italian immigrants.

The Walla Walla Valley has over 100 wineries and a total vineyard area of 1,186 hectares, of which 676 hectares is planted in Washington and the rest across the state border on Oregon.


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The region is also known for its wheat and onion production.

The region is home to some of the state’s oldest wineries including Leonetti Cellar (first of this region founded in 1977) as well as Woodward Canyon and L’Ecole No 41.

The valley has the highest concentration of wineries in Washington.


Washington 2018 red wines: full report and top-scoring wines

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Individual analysis by AVA:

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The top-scoring Walla Walla Valley 2018 red wines


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