These are some of the top Washington state wines tasted during and after a recent visit. Each wine is marked either * for wide availability in Maryland; ** for limited availability here; or *** for a wine that is impossible to find in the state. Some wines marked *** might be available in limited quantities in the District of Columbia. Within each wine type, wines are listed in order of preference.
Where the appellation is Washington state, that has been omitted.
Cabernet Sauvignon: 1987 and 1988 Quilceda Creek***; 198Woodward Canyon, Columbia Valley**; 1988 Columbia Winery, David Lake, Red Willow Vineyard**; 1989 Facelli, Limited Bottling***; 1988 Gordon Brothers***; 1988 Columbia Winery, David Lake, Otis Vineyard**; 1989 Andrew Will***; 1987 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Cold Creek Vineyard**; 1987 Paul Thomas Reserve**; 1989 Columbia Winery*; 1988 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley*.
Cabernet Sauvignon (barrel samples): 1991 Columbia WineryRed Willow Vineyard**; 1991 Columbia Winery, Otis Vineyard**; 1991 Columbia Winery, Sagemoor Vineyard**.
Cabernet-merlot blends: 1989 Chateau Ste. Michelle EstatReserve Red**; 1988 Hedges Red Mountain Reserve**.
Merlot: 1989 Chinook***; 1989 Columbia Milestone, David LakeRed Willow Vineyard**; 1988 Facelli***; 1989 Hyatt, Columbia Valley***; 1987 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Cold Creek Vineyard**; 1988