Judges awarded this wine a Gold Medal in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

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Ginkgo Forest 2015 Malbec

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2015 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $26

Judges’ comments: Malbec, more famous in Argentina than its native France, loves hot weather, which makes the arid Wahluke Slope just the right place. This exotic example opens with earthy aromas of a North African spice market, followed by flavors of ripe plum, blackberry jam, hints of cherries and a whisper of vanilla. It’s all backed with typically firm acidity and lithe tannins. (214 cases; 14.5% alc.)

Mattawa tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday

22561 Road T.7 SW, Mattawa

(509) 932-0082

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Tunnel Hill Winery 2016 Syrah