Silvara Vineyards 2014 Malbec, Washington, $42
Leavenworth vintner Gary Seidler knows a bit about producing top red wines, as this is the second time in four years that he has brought home the top award in this competition. In 2013, Seidler’s Malbec-based blend was best of show, and he rose to the top this time with Malbec. This seductive red wine opens with aromas of complex spices, caramel, ripe berry and smokiness, followed by flavors of red and black fruit, including raspberry and plum. The acidity provides richness to the luscious fruit, giving way to a finish that is long and satisfying. This won best red and best of show at the 2016 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival wine competition.
Production: 162 cases