Editor’s note: Judges gave both of these wines high marks in the 2019 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition.

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Rio Vista 2017 Tempranillo

Rio Vista Wines

2017 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $36 (Double Gold)

Judges’ note: This producer is along the Columbia River just north of the Lake Chelan cutoff, and is producing delicious wines under the direction of owner John Little. This full-bodied red is loaded with dark fruit, black licorice, blackberries, backed with smooth, inviting tannins for a long, memorable finish.

Winery tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; hours vary seasonally

24415 Highway 97, Chelan

(509) 682-9713

Manson tasting room open 1 to 5 p.m. daily; hours vary seasonally

224 E. Wapato Way, Manson

(509) 687-1179

Basel Cellars

2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $38

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Basel Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc


Judges’ note: Stand-alone Cab Franc have evolved into some of Washington’s most interesting reds, and this example from a Walla Walla winery with a Leavenworth tasting room is no exception, thanks to aromas of spicy grilled meat, herbs de Provence, vanilla and milk chocolate, which builds upon flavors and textures of black fruit, ripe plum and silky tannins.

Leavenworth tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

217 Ninth St., Suite A, Leavenworth

(509) 888-7054