Judges gave these wines high marks in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
Sigillo Cellars 2017 Roussanne 1.1, Columbia Valley, $20
Judges’ comments: This Snoqualmie-based winery has an eastside tasting room in Leavenworth, and it is doing a great job with this rare Rhone white that proves itself to be a tricky wine to craft. This delicious example opens with creamy aromas of caramel, brioche and vanilla notes, followed by flavors of crème brûlée, floral notes and tropical fruit. A complex and pretty, delicate white. (107 cases; 13% alc.)
Leavenworth tasting room open 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
217 9th St., Suite F, Leavenworth
Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15.99 (Gold Medal)
Judges’ comments: The Milbrandts are the largest grape growers on the Wahluke Slope, a region that consistently delivers ripe fruit and resulting succulent wines. This affordable Cab opens with aromas of dusty denim, ripe plum and dark chocolate, followed by flavors of light tobacco leaf, black currants and blackberry jam. A hint of menthol adds complexity on the lengthy finish. (4,000 cases; 13.5% alc.)
Leavenworth tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
707 Highway 2, Leavenworth