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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Barnard Griffin Merlot 2004
Barnard Griffin Merlot 2004
(search item no. 86647)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of black cherry and black current are balanced with oak, spice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Bright fruit flavors dominate in the mouth with a lively acidity and moderate but smooth tannins. This Merlot is complex and layered and displays the intensity that can be developed in Washington State. While soft and approachable for near-term enjoyment, the subtle structural tannins and acid backbone give this wine excellent potential for aging. It is a splendid match for rich meats, dark red pasta sauces, smoked grilled salmon and is beautifully matched with Cajun or spicy oriental foods!

Sensory:
This 2004 vintage Merlot is a worthy successor to our award winning 2003. The aromas of black cherries and red currants dominate the nose. There is a good dose of medium toasted European oak barrels. You see a great vintage in the 2004 with moderate tannins and good acid. This wine drinks great now and has some punch worthy of 5-8 years aging.

Vineyards and Growing Season:
The 2004 growing season was hot with deep ripening fruit that gave us wines of good color, structure and depth. This is a wine with good weight on the pallet. My winemaking philosophy remains constant as I blend the great characteristics of various vineyard sources to develop the best wine in the bottle.

Winemaking:
Bordeaux yeast was used at a Max fermentation of 88 degrees F
Pump-overs 2 to 3 times daily until fermented to dryness
Bottled 1/06
Malo-lactic positive
Aged in both American and European oak barrels- Medium Heavy Toast

Alcohol: 13.8%

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About Barnard Griffin Winery:

Barnard Griffin Winery was established in 1983 by Winemaker Rob Griffin and his wife, Deborah Barnard. Rob saw the opportunity to make great wine in Washington and moved north in 1977. Pleased with his move to Washington, he says "The northern latitude of Washington and the ideally drained sandy soils of the Columbia Valley make it possible to produce deeply concentrated wines of pronounced character."