Barnard Griffin Winery 2012 Fumé Blanc, Columbia Valley, $9

By on January 15, 2014

barnard-griffin-fume-blanc-bottleBest Buy! Rob Griffin continues to pay tribute to Robert Mondavi’s legacy by labeling his Sauvignon Blanc as “Fume Blanc,” however this Richland, Wash., legend ferments it all in stainless steel. And he incorporated Semillon (17%) among this lot, which is sourced from Sagemoor, Preston, Gunkel vineyards and his estate Caroway site in Kennewick. While there is a slight tease of oak in the nose, the tone of the wine is dominated by tropical fruit, backed by lime and lavender. It’s a mouthwatering drink done dry with sandy minerality and a touch of salinity, which makes it perfect for oysters and other seafood. This received a silver medal at the San Francisco Chronicle for the under $14 category, but at least one judge thought it deserved a better score.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 6,500 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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