Judges awarded these wines a Gold Medal in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Chris Daniel Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Ten 23, Columbia Valley, $39

Judges’ comments: This family collaboration in Quincy is showing great potential with a number of grape varieties, particularly with Washington’s signature grape: Cabernet Sauvignon. This example reveals sophisticated aromas and flavors of dense tobacco, black currants, cocoa powder and fresh-cut herbs. The oak and tannins are beautifully integrated and aromatic, givingt way to a graceful finish. (32 cases; 15.4% alc.)

Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

2743 Highway 283 N, Quincy

(509) 398-1417


Stemilt Creek Winery 2016 Ascent Mourvèdre, Columbia Valley, $42

Judges’ comments: Southern California escapee Richard Hood is the winemaker for this Wenatchee winery. Using estate grapes, he crafted this bold Rhone-style red that is loaded with aromas of blueberries, raspberries, plum and a hint of fresh-split cedar, that concludes with a long, lingering finish. (62 cases; 14.4% alc.)

Wenatchee tasting room open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

110 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee

(509) 665-3485

Leavenworth tasting room open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday; noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday; and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

617 Front St. Suite 4A, Leavenworth

(509) 888-5357


Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2014 Confluence, Washington, $46

Judges’ comments: A classic Bordeaux-style red blend leading with Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a big wine built for the long haul and meant to be enjoyed on a special occasion over a great meal. It opens with aromas of black currants, cherry pie and a hint of toasted almond and cedar, followed by flavors of plum sauce, black cherry and black pepper note in the big finish. (250 cases; 14.6% 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, (509) 667-9663

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, (509) 888-2108