Barnard Griffin 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

By on October 20, 2014

Barnard-Griffin-Chardonnay-2013-BottleBest Buy! California native Rob Griffin is well into his fourth decade of making wine in Washington state and knows the Columbia Valley as well as anyone. Consumers in the know continue to benefit from his talents and price points, and he pulls from six sites, including one of the region’s top sources for Chardonnay in Conner-Lee Vineyard near Othello. And while he barrel fermented a third of this lot in French oak, that treatment rounds the edges just a bit. It offers a fruit-forward nose of Gala apple, dried pineapple and Bosc pear with a hint of lemon custard. Those fruity hints make their way to the palate, beginning with a rich entry and a constant trail of acidity to build mouth feel. It’s beautifully balanced and finishes with a dash of white pepper.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 15,100 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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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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