Judges awarded these wines high honors in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2014 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $37 (Double Gold Medal)
Judges’ comments: The relatively cool Yakima Valley is a good location to grow this Rhone red grape. This one proves to be delicious, with aromas of black cherry, smoke, plum, violets and earthiness, followed by flavors of rich plum, red currants. It’s backed by bright acidity and cigar smoke on the finish. (96 cases; 14.3% alc.)
Winery tasting room open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday
1 Vineyard Way, Wenatchee, (509) 667-9663
Leavenworth tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
636 Front St., Leavenworth, (509) 888-2108
Sigillo Cellars 2016 Relativity, Columbia Valley, $28 (Gold Medal)
Judges’ comments: This Snoqualmie-based winery with a Leavenworth tasting room has crafted this Southern Rhone-style blend that leads with Grenache. The result is a sensual red that leads with aromas and flavors of raspberry jam on toast, plum and blueberry. It’s easy to imagine this with barbecued ribs or other grilled meats. (252 cases; 15.5% alc.)
Leavenworth tasting room open 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
217 9th St. Suite F, Leavenworth
(509) 888-5713, sigillocellars.com