Editor’s note: Judges for the 2020 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold Medal status to these wines. Both earned Best of Class status.

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B Estate Winery 2019 Viognier

Cave B Estate Winery

2019 Viognier, Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley, $27 (111 cases)

Judges’ notes: Back in 1980, the Bryan family established the vines that would supply their first winery — Champs de Brionne — French for Bryan’s Fields. Their son-in-law, Freddy Arredondo, continues to flash his versatility as a winemaker, crafting a stellar example of Viognier, a rather fickle and often flabby white Rhône variety. There’s a basket full of stone fruit and under-ripe pineapple, creating a drink that’s quite stylish.

For current tasting room hours, call the winery or visit its website.

348 Silica Road, Quincy

(509) 785-3500

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Silvara Cellars 2018 Malbec

Silvara Cellars

2018 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $42 (200 cases)

Judges’ notes: Malbec ranked among the most competitive categories in this year’s judging, and Leavenworth vintner Gary Seidler’s entry emerged as the best. His traditional source for Malbec has been Summit View in the highly regarded SeVein project, and he didn’t skimp on the influence of barrel in the wine. That oak spice contributes a sense of luxury to the notes of blueberry, lavender and orange peel, a package wrapped up with a long ribbon of raspberry juice.

For current tasting room hours, call the winery or visit its website.

77 Stage Road, Leavenworth

(509) 548-1000