Barnard Griffin Riesling 2009
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
This beautifully crafted Riesling greets the palate with tiers of ripe fruit flavors ranging from tangerine to crisp apple. Hints of pear, flint and orange blossom add intrigue and nuance to this elegant, impeccably balanced wine. Our 2007 Riesling was #2 on the Wine Enthusiast's top 100 Best Buys list of 2008 and in the Wine Spectator's December 31, 2009 issue, our 2008 Riesling scored 90 points and was included in their list of the Top 100 Wines of the World. Discover for yourself America's love affair with Barnard Griffin Riesling!
Wine Enthusiast - "Spice, apple, light peach and a gentle fruitiness characterize this Riesling. There are deeper notes as well, skin phenolics that add texture and earthiness. But fruit is front and center, with crisp acidity right behind it. "
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." View all Barnard Griffin Winery Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewCoach W - Phoenix, AZ31/15/2011Pale straw color with a light touch of green. Subtle notes of flint, apple & pear on the nose. The palate adds some citrus to the orchard fruit, with a hint of spice. Understated acidity and a warm, lengthy finish with flavors of apple pie & mineral. This is a well-crafted, high-quality wine, but it doesn't really do much for me. The only way I can describe it is that it seems, well, "fuzzy" to me; I prefer more focus and crispness from the varietal, a la the German model.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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