Tero Estates\r\nAbout six years ago, friends Mike Tembreull and Doug Roskelley stumbled upon a \u201cvineyard for sale\u201d sign. Not just any vineyard, but the first commercial vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, planted in 1981. That brilliant old-vine fruit provides the backbone for Tero\u2019s cellar-worthy Windrow Vineyards Old Block and Estate Reserve Cabernets. Also recommended is the smoky, toasty Windrow Vineyards Herb\u2019s Block Merlot.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTulpen Cellars\r\nWinemaker Kenny Hart manages some of Walla Walla\u2019s most coveted vineyards, and selects fruit from specific rows to make his own wines under the Tulpen label. \u201cI know where the good fruit\u2019s at and where to harvest it,\u201d he says with a grin. A gregarious, food-loving guy, Hart\u2019s wines are as generous and enjoyable as he is. Look for the Merlot and Syrah, in particular.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTranche\r\nTranche is a sister winery to Walla Walla\u2019s Corliss Estates, with a focus on Rh\u00f4ne varieties. Drawing upon a range of fruit sources, including its own expansive Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard, Tranche offers a wide range of well-made wines. Most notable are the Slice of Pape Blanc and Slice of Pape Red\u2014Ch\u00e2teauneuf-du-Pape wannabes.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBrittan Vineyards\r\nWinemaker Robert Brittan moved to Oregon to pursue his dream of producing cool-climate Pinot Noir and Syrah after 16 years at Stags\u2019 Leap Winery in Napa Valley. He produces two different Pinot Noirs at Brittan, the Basalt Block and the Gestalt Block, and both are exceptional. Characterized by great purity, depth of flavor and vivid minerality in the best vintages, they should continue to improve for a decade or more after bottling.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCowhorn\r\nA biodynamic producer tucked away in Southern Oregon\u2019s Applegate Valley, tiny Cowhorn focuses on Rh\u00f4ne-style white and red varietal and blended wines. Each is distinctive, with thrilling, detailed flavors unique to the site. Bonus: Bottle prices are modest.