In those cases that a single vineyard produces the best of possible wines, I have decided to bottle this wine unblended. Mercer Ranch has long had a reputation for massive, tightly-structured wines with deep color and lengthy tannins.
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."