Judges awarded this wine a Gold Medal in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
Rio Vista Wines 2015 River View Red, Columbia Valley, $38
Judges’ comments: This Bordeaux-style blend leads with Cab but includes Merlot and Malbec. It opens with aromas of black licorice and earthy notes of forest floor and minerality, followed by flavors of chocolate truffles, sweet cherries and lavender syrup. It’s an alluring wine with mild tannins and a long finish. (175 cases; 14.2% alc.)
Winery tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
24415 Highway 97, Chelan
Manson tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. daily
224 E. Wapato Way, Manson
Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2014 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $40
Judges’ comments: Under the direction of co-owner/winemaker Doug Brazil, this Wenatchee winery is one of the brightest stars in North Central Washington. Further evidence: this delicious Spanish-style red, which offers aromas and flavors of fresh raspberry, blackberry jam and a hint of green pepper that adds a bit of complexity in this bold drink. (100 cases; 15.1% 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
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