Judges awarded these wines high honors in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $26 (Double Gold Medal)
Judges’ comments: Using grapes from Katherine Leone and Clifton Hill vineyards along the warm, western edge of the Wahluke Slope, veteran Washington winemaker Kendall Mix has crafted a luscious Cab that is deep, dark and delicious, showing off aromas of tobacco leaf, cassis and hints of leather and rich flavors of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate. A classic Washington red that reveals power and grace. (15% alc.)
Leavenworth tasting room open Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
707 U.S. Highway 2, Leavenworth
Rocky Pond Winery 2016 Double D Vineyard Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42
Judges’ comments: This spectacular property 11 miles south of Chelan along the Columbia River continues to produce one spectacular wine after another, and this bold red from estate grapes is youthful and loaded with flavors. It opens with aromas of blueberry, rose petals and black pepper, followed by flavors of elderberry, blackberry cobbler and ripe plum, all backed by lively tannins and bright acidity. (193 cases; 14.2% alc.)
Chelan tasting room open Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m.
212 E. Woodin Ave., Chelan