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Seattle Times wine adviser lists his Top 100

This year's competition is even tougher because Paul Gregutt has included the wines of Oregon. As in years past, he's searched through a year's worth of tasting notes and selected one wine from each of 100 wineries.

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FOR MY sixth annual Wine Adviser Top 100 list I have decided to make the competition even tougher by including the wines of Oregon. As in years past, I've searched through a year's worth of tasting notes and selected one wine from each of 100 wineries. I choose the highest-scoring wine of the year for that winery, and every winery gets just a single slot on the list. It seems to me the best way to showcase the full breadth and depth of the industry's offerings, rather than having a Top 100 list dominated by fewer wineries.

The wines listed here were reviewed between November 2010 and October 2011. Have I tasted every wine from every Northwest winery? I wish I had that kind of stamina! No, not by a longshot. However, as I live near Walla Walla, commuting regularly from Seattle through the heart of Washington wine country, and have visited Oregon no fewer than four times in the past six months, these choices represent not only the results of my tastings but also the field research that goes into them.

The 100 wines are taken from reviews of more than 1,500 Washington and Oregon wines. They are ranked in order, first according to their score (on a 100-point scale) and within each scoring category by price (cheaper wines rank higher). Among all 93-point wines, for example, the least expensive will rank highest, and the most expensive lowest. The original suggested retail price is also listed.

All of these wines scored 92 points or higher in my reviews for a national wine publication. Most are special-occasion wines, and some are very hard to find. But you'll discover some real bargains in the bottom third of the list, and all together, I hope you will let this serve as a shopping list for happy hunting as new vintages are released in the year ahead.

1. Cayuse 2008 Bionic Frog Syrah ($80)

2. Quilceda Creek 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($125)

3. Pirouette 2008 Red ($50)

4. Leonetti Cellar 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($85)

5. Charles Smith 2008 Royal City Syrah ($140)

6. Rasa Vineyards 2008 Creative Impulse DuBrul Cabernet-Merlot ($95)

7. Efesté 2009 Lola Chardonnay ($30)

8. Scott Paul 2009 Dix Pinot Noir ($40)

9. Buty 2007 Columbia Rediviva Cabernet-Syrah ($48)

10. Den Hoed 2007 Andreas Cabernet Sauvignon ($80)

11. K Vintners 2007 The Hustler Syrah ($140)

12. Trisaetum 2010 Estates Reserve Riesling ($32)

13. DeLille Cellars 2009 Chaleur Estate Blanc ($36)

14. Maison Bleue 2009 Upland Vineyard Gravière GSM ($40)

15. Nefarious Cellars 2009 Rocky Mother Syrah ($42)

16. Mark Ryan 2008 Dead Horse Red ($45)

17. Domaine Serene 2007 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir ($58)

18. L'Ecole 2008 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60)

19. Ponzi 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir ($60)

20. Betz Family 2008 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon ($60)

21. Doyenne 2008 Grand Ciel Syrah ($60)

22. Januik 2008 Reserve Red ($65)

23. Adelsheim 2009 Nicholas Vineyard Syrah ($90)

24. Dunham 2009 Lewis Estate Riesling ($20)

25. Ch. Ste. Michelle 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot ($28)

26. Tulpen Cellars 2007 Merlot ($28)

27. ArborBrook 2008 Sydney Sémillon ($28)

28. Kontos Cellars 2008 Syrah ($30)

29. Ross Andrew 2008 Boushey Vineyard Syrah ($34)

30. Sineann 2009 Champoux Vineyard Merlot ($35)

31. Seven Hills 2008 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($35)

32. JM Cellars 2009 Chardonnay ($35)

33. McCrea 2006 Boushey Grand Côte Syrah ($36)

34. Otis Kenyon 2008 Stellar Vineyard Syrah ($38)

35. Barnard Griffin 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)

36. Adams Bench 2007 the V Cabernet Sauvignon ($42)

37. Gramercy Cellars 2009 The Third Man Red ($45)

38. Alexandria Nicole 2008 Destiny Red ($45)

39. Erath 2009 Prince Hill Pinot Noir ($45)

40. Viento 2009 Celilo Vineyard Gewürztraminer Ice Wine ($45)

41. Owen Roe 2009 Red Willow Chapel Block Syrah ($55)

42. Eyrie 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir ($62)

43. Doubleback 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($87)

44. Archery Summit 2009 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir ($100)

45. Rulo 2009 Sundance Vineyard Chardonnay ($20)

46. Pacific Rim 2009 Solstice Vineyard Riesling ($22)

47. Angel Vine 2009 The Hellion Red ($22)

48. Salida 2006 Tempranillo ($24)

49. Hard Row to Hoe 2008 Syrah ($28)

50. Syncline 2009 McKinley Springs Vineyard Syrah ($30)

51. Cowhorn 2009 Viognier ($30)

52. Beresan 2007 Viuda Negra Red ($35)

53. Hawks View 2009 Pinot Noir ($35)

54. Chateau Rollat 2007 Rollat Cabernet Sauvignon ($38)

55. Coeur d'Alene Cellars 2007 Alder Ridge Vineyard Syrah ($40)

56. Baer 2008 Arctos Red ($41)

57. J. Bookwalter 2008 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon ($42)

58. David Hill 2008 BlackJack Pinot Noir ($45)

59. Va Piano 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($48)

60. Dusted Valley 2008 Tall Tales Syrah ($53)

61. Andrew Will 2008 Ciel du Cheval Red ($55)

62. Sonria 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir ($60)

63. Rex Hill 2008 Jacob-Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir ($65)

64. Lachini 2007 Cuvée Giselle Pinot Noir ($65)

65. Olsen Estates 2009 Blanc des Coteaux ($12)

66. Lujon 2009 Pinot Gris ($12)

67. O• S 2010 Champoux Vineyard Riesling ($15)

68. Hestia Cellars 2009 Chenin Blanc ($15)

69. Thistle 2010 Pinot Blanc ($16)

70. Gordon Brothers 2007 Syrah ($17)

71. Penner-Ash 2009 Riesling ($18)

72. Yamhill Valley 2009 Riesling ($18)

73. Barrister 2010 Klipsun Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($19)

74. Quady North 2010 Pistoleta White ($19)

75. Waterbrook 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)

76. Arbor Crest 2009 Three Vineyards Syrah ($20)

77. Cadaretta 2010 sbs ($23)

78. Chehalem 2009 Corral Creek Riesling ($24)

79. Tranche 2006 Syrah ($25)

80. Watermill 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc ($28)

81. Bunchgrass 2008 Founder's Blend Cab Franc-Merlot ($28)

82. Isenhower 2008 Wild Thyme Cabernet Sauvignon ($29)

83. Soos Creek 2008 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)

84. Obelisco Estate 2008 Merlot ($30)

85. Sparkman 2008 Ruckus Syrah ($32)

86. Saviah Cellars 2008 Une Vallée Red ($32)

87. Market Vineyards 2008 Benchmark Merlot ($35)

88. Vista Hills 2009 Marylhurst Estate Pinot Noir ($36)

89. Walter Dacon 2008 C'est Syrah Beaux ($38)

90. Mackey Vineyards 2009 Concordia Red ($38)

91. Guardian Cellars 2008 The Alibi Red ($39)

92. Amalie Robert 2008 Dijon Clones Pinot Noir ($40)

93. Lemelson 2008 Stermer Vineyard Pinot Noir ($42)

94. Clawson Creek 2009 The Angela Pinot Noir ($45)

95. Aubichon Cellars 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir ($45)

96. Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 South Block Pinot Noir ($45)

97. Waters 2008 Loess Vineyard Syrah ($48)

98. Le Cadeau 2009 Côte Est Pinot Noir ($48)

99. Brian Carter Cellars 2008 Stone Tree 1 Cabernet Sauvignon ($48)

100. Northstar 2008 Walla Walla Valley Merlot ($50)

The revised second edition of Paul Gregutt's "Washington Wines & Wineries" is now in print. His blog is www.paulgregutt.com. Email: paulgwine@me.com.

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