Judges awarded these wines a Gold Medal in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
Ginkgo Forest Winery 2014 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $26
Judges’ comments: With an estate vineyard and winery on the remote Wahluke Slope and tasting rooms in Tacoma and Prosser, this small but impressive winery is accessible on both sides of the Cascades. It has a particular knack with Syrah, which is well suited on the western edge of the Wahluke. This example opens with classic smoky aromas of oak, plum, cured meats and dark chocolate, followed by flavors of blackberry cobbler, black pepper, backed by luscious jaminess and an exceptionally long and memorable finish. (223 cases; 14.5% alc.)
Mattawa tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
22561 Road T.7 SW, Mattawa
Silvara Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32
Judges’ comments: This showcase winery tucked off the highway between Peshastin and Leavenworth has a well-earned reputation for red wines. This stunning Cab opens with savory aromas of forest floor, graphite, Baker’s chocolate and black currants, followed by complex flavors of blackberries and plum, all backed by impeccably balanced tannins. (125 cases; 13.9% alc.)
Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. daily.
77 Stage Road, Leavenworth