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Gold Red Blend Best of Show, Best Red More Gold winners on Pages 62-64

Merlot Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Traditions Merlot, $16, (8,000 cases) Columbia Valley Judges’ comments: The Milbrandt brothers are the largest grape growers on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa and the Ancient Lakes near Quincy, and they also are one of the state’s largest wine producers from their facility in Mattawa. This classy Merlot opens with aromas of smoke, chocolate and cherry, followed by flavors of ripe red cherry, coffee and currant. Smooth, layered tannins give way to a memorable finish.

Silvara Vineyards 2010 Quartette, $33, (390 cases) Columbia Valley Judges’ comments: This young winery along the highway between Peshastin and Leavenworth has created a beautiful destination — and some superb wines to go along with it. This blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a stunner, starting with inviting aromas of black cherry and chocolate, followed by flavors of boysenberry, cherry and huckleberry. The wellmanaged tannins provide just the right amount of structure for this delicious red wine. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily between May 1 and Dec. 31; open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday from Jan. 1 through April 30. 77 Stage Road, Leavenworth (above Smallwood’s Harvest) (509) 548-1000; silvarawine.com

Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 508 Cabernet Court, Prosser (509) 788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com

Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 The Estates Merlot, $25, (3,000 cases) Wahluke Slope Judges’ comments: The Milbrandts’ upper-end Merlot lives up to its billing, thanks to aromas of blackberry, blueberry and chocolate, followed by flavors of boysenberry, Bing cherry and black tea, all backed with supple tannins and a big finish. Enjoy with grilled or roasted meats. Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 508 Cabernet Court, Prosser (509) 788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com

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Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, $20, (350 cases) Columbia Valley Judges’ comments: Sauvignon Blanc is most famous in Bordeaux and Loire Valley in France, as well as New Zealand. This example from the George area shows off some of the best that Washington has to offer. It reveals aromas of honeysuckle, lime and just a twist of smoke that invites further exploration. On the palate, it provides crisp flavors of gooseberry, Asian pear and a classic grassy note. Shellfish, broasted chicken or salmon all would pair beautifully with this wine. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., George (adjacent to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com

Cabernet Sauvignon Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, $25, (3,000 cases) Wahluke Slope Judges’ comments: Earlier this year, this was judged the top Cab in the Pacific Northwest amid 140 examples, and it shows beautifully again amid its regional peers. This opens with aromas of leather, black currant, forest floor, plum and blackberry, followed by flavors of black olive, coffee, vanilla, blueberry, plum and cinnamon tea. It’s backed with sensually silky tannins. Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 508 Cabernet Court, Prosser (509) 788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com

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Neppel Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $25, (105 cases) Columbia Valley Judges’ comments: This is just the second release from a young Moses Lake winery, and it’s a dandy. The name comes from Moses Lake’s original name before it was incorporated in 1938. This Cab opens with aromas of black pepper, cinnamon, mint, thyme and blackberry, followed by flavors of plum and cherry. Moderate tannins provide superb structure. Open by appointment only for tastings, wine sales and special events. 1751 Road E N.E., Moses Lake (509) 765-4404; neppelcellars.com

Foothills Magazine Sep-Oct 2013  
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