Barnard Griffin 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

By on October 24, 2014

Barnard-Griffin-Riesling-2013-LabelBest Buy! Rob Griffin doesn’t label this as estate, but the dean of Washington winemakers could, since it’s all from his Caroway Vineyard not far from Wallula Gap. Each year, it ranks among the state’s most consistently delicious and affordable examples of Riesling produced by a family winery, even in a hot vintage that can present some challenges with white wines. There’s a greeting of fruit salad aromas that include lychee, apricot and pineapple, backed by slate and lime. Inside, the focus is on flavors of lime, pineapple and lemongrass, introduced by a bold blast of acidity that never slows down amid the residual sugar of 1%. In the finish are complexities of jasmine and minerality, allowing for suggested pairings with poultry and seafood.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,600 cases

Alcohol: 11.8%

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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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