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We Speak Wine USD 14.99 750ml

Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

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Vintage Notes: The 2014 harvest was the earliest harvest in my 38 years...until 2015. We brought in Pinot Gris from the Caroway Vineyard on August 17th, a full week before our record early harvest in 2014, making it weeks ahead of a ‘normal’ year. Washington experienced an unquestionably warm June: we hit 100 degrees within the first week and hovered in and around the 90s until the end of the month, where we spent nearly two weeks in an uninterrupted streak of over 100 degree weather. Even at the summer’s hottest, nightly temperatures were often a 40 to 50 degree swing from the high, allowing acids to develop and mature. The 2014 winter and a lack of a snowpack in the mountains left us with less water than most years; thankfully most of our vineyards were unaffected by drought-like conditions due to the strategy and diligence of their respective vineyard managers. Even with the influence of enormous heat, 2015 whites will have pleasing acid with balance and rich, bright fruit, while the reds will have soft tannin structure and intensely ripe, mature flavors. I was initially very cau-tious about this year because of its extraordinary conditions, but as it progresses I become more and more optimistic about the very fine quality in spite of the unusual weather. Winemaking: Pumpovers 2 times daily; pressed at 2-6% sugar; peak fermentation temperature 85 degrees; aged in old and new European oak barrels. Winemaker’s Comments: “Cherry, plum and cranberry flavors glide across the palate. Delivers richness and concentra-tion, nicely offset by a vibrant structure. A touch of mint and hints of dark chocolate and wood spice rise up on the long finish. Pairs wonderfully with barbequed foods. Varietal Composition: 79.4% Cabernet Sauvignon 15.8% Merlot 3% Syrah 1.8% Malbec Wine pH: 3.8 Total acidity: .73 Residual Sugar: Trace (dry) Alcohol: 13.7%

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Barnard Griffin Winery:
Barnard Griffin is the premier family owned winery in Washington and an important part of every wine aficionado's tour of the state’s greatest wineries.  Rob Griffin has been making Washington State wine for 35 years. Barnard Griffin winery not only has a rich family wine making history, one that represents the true pioneering spirit of Washington State wines, but also tak... Read more
Barnard Griffin is the premier family owned winery in Washington and an important part of every wine aficionado's tour of the state’s greatest wineries.  Rob Griffin has been making Washington State wine for 35 years. Barnard Griffin winery not only has a rich family wine making history, one that represents the true pioneering spirit of Washington State wines, but also takes you into wonderful, new varietals. Shop and sip in the only winery in the world with a glass arts studio on the premises. Plus, discover extraordinary fused glass art in their gallery created by winery co-owner and glass artisan: Deborah Barnard.   Barnard Griffin’s Syrah won GOLD and their Rosé of Sangiovese was awarded BEST OF CLASS by the SF CHRONICLE’S 2012 Wine Competition, the largest American Wine Competition in the world. This means their Rosé has won GOLD or better in that competition for theSeventh (7X) year in a row.  WOW!   Barnard Griffin’s ‘09 Fumé Blanc was named as one of WINE ENTHUSIAST Magazine’s Top 100 Best Buys of 2011   Barnard Griffin’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 94 points by WINE ENTHUSIAST Magazine.    Their Riesling was named one of the Top 100 Most Exciting Wines for 2009 by WINE SPECTATOR Magazine    Their Merlot won Best Merlot and Double Gold at the 2011 Washington Wine Competition.   And, their Cabernet Sauvignon won Best Red, Best Cabernet and Gold at the 2011 Washington Wine Competition.   Barnard Griffin Winery’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold and their 2009 Merlot won the award as the Best Merlot of the 2012 Monterey Wine Competition   Tasting Room Manager Kim Gravenslund and her staff welcome you to the Barnard Griffin tasting room and art gallery. The Tasting Room/Wine Bar is open daily on Sunday - Tuesday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Wednesday through Saturday:  10 AM - 8 PM. In addition to tasting their award winning wines that have garnered international acclaim, stop by and see the beautiful fused glass art by winery co-owner & artist, Deborah Barnard. When you visit the Tasting Room, you can savor award winning Barnard Griffin Tulip Label wines and enjoy special pricing on certain selections. They also offer tastings of their limited production Reserve Wines. The Reserve Wines have limited distribution outside of the winery, so try these exceptional Reserves when you visit. Barnard Griffin is the premier family owned winery in Washington, and an essential stop on any tour of Washington's best. Check out their website for directions and to study up on their extraordinary collection of fine Washington State artisan wine: www.BarnardGriffin.com Barnard Griffin Winery, Tasting Room & Glass Art Gallery 878 Tulip Lane, Richland, WA 99352   509-627-0266. Info@BarnardGriffin.com Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/BarnardGriffin Barnard Griffin YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Barnard+Griffin&aq=f Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BarnardGriffin Please Drink Responsibly. Get a Designated Driver! © 2012 Barnard Griffin™ Winery - 878 Tulip Lane, Richland, Washington 99352 Read less

Member Reviews for Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: shannonziggy
3808364
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/12/2010

Five glasses


Snooth User: jeannwa
371574153
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/01/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: timcubfan
10172166
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/07/2009

Perfect wine for the price. Rob Griffin has done it again. Fine Cabernet!


Snooth User: Winecast
27736188
3.00 5
Vintage: 1998 08/14/2007

Rusty garnet in color getting a little tawny at the rim. Ripe black current, licorice, menthol and pencil lead aromas. Rich and mouth-filling blackberry and current fruit with some cracked pepper and chocolate finishing with dusty, but still noticeable, tannins and good acidity. This must have been a tannic monster at release but has now settled down and is drinking quite well. Given it’s maturity and price point, I think this is a nice value in Cabernet that will hold for another year before decline. 13.1% ABV Natural cork closure Score: 86


External Reviews for Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
12/30/2017

Vintage Notes: The 2014 harvest was the earliest harvest in my 38 years...until 2015. We brought in Pinot Gris from the Caroway Vineyard on August 17th, a full week before our record early harvest in 2014, making it weeks ahead of a ‘normal’ year. Washington experienced an unquestionably warm June: we hit 100 degrees within the first week and hovered in and around the 90s until the end of the month, where we spent nearly two weeks in an uninterrupted streak of over 100 degree weather. Even at the summer’s hottest, nightly temperatures were often a 40 to 50 degree swing from the high, allowing acids to develop and mature. The 2014 winter and a lack of a snowpack in the mountains left us with less water than most years; thankfully most of our vineyards were unaffected by drought-like conditions due to the strategy and diligence of their respective vineyard managers. Even with the influence of enormous heat, 2015 whites will have pleasing acid with balance and rich, bright fruit, while the reds will have soft tannin structure and intensely ripe, mature flavors. I was initially very cau-tious about this year because of its extraordinary conditions, but as it progresses I become more and more optimistic about the very fine quality in spite of the unusual weather. Winemaking: Pumpovers 2 times daily; pressed at 2-6% sugar; peak fermentation temperature 85 degrees; aged in old and new European oak barrels. Winemaker’s Comments: “Cherry, plum and cranberry flavors glide across the palate. Delivers richness and concentra-tion, nicely offset by a vibrant structure. A touch of mint and hints of dark chocolate and wood spice rise up on the long finish. Pairs wonderfully with barbequed foods. Varietal Composition: 79.4% Cabernet Sauvignon 15.8% Merlot 3% Syrah 1.8% Malbec Wine pH: 3.8 Total acidity: .73 Residual Sugar: Trace (dry) Alcohol: 13.7%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 09/02/2016

Vintage Notes: The 2014 growing season was punctuated by extreme heat in mid-summer and a marvelous sunny September. Our region was warm from start to finish and had little rainfall to deter us. The consistency of the season allowed us to capture as many heat units as we could manage. Harvest happened upon us early- we brought in Sagemoor Block 6 Sauvignon Blanc on August 24th (a record!), weeks before we’ve started in years past. It was a slow start- a few whites trickling in over the next weeks until we hit our stride with Chardonnay in mid-September. Merlot and Syrah came in shortly after that and we wrapped in late October with the Cabernet Sauvignons. Expect 2014 wines to have solid acidity, big flavor and ripe richness. Winemaker’s Comments: Opens with a flourish of exuberant dark fruit, black cherry and toasty spice notes. Features just the right measure of acidity to keep the flavors fresh and focused. Hints of cinnamon, cooking spice and orange add depth and dimension. Keep this delicious red on hand to accompany foods that call for a viscous, fruity, youthful Cab. pH: 3.6 TA: .65 Alc: 13.6%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 01/22/2016

Vintage Notes: 2013 began with a very warm early spring which led to a record early bud break. This set the stage for timely growth and early bloom and development of the ensuing crop. We received almost half of our annual rainfall in the critical period surrounding flower bloom but, almost miraculously, the crop set properly and well. Summer was warm and our accumulation of heat units led us to expect a very early harvest. This was a season of high sugars and big dimensions resulting in powerful wines with a ‘take no prisoners’ largeness. This vintage was one for the record books, on the warm side. Winemaking: Pump overs 2-3 time daily; pressed at 2-6% sugar; peak fermentation temperature 85 degrees; aged 16 months in old and new European oak barrels. Winemaker’s Comments: Opens with a flourish of exuberant dark fruit, black cherry and toasty spice notes. Features just the right measure of acidity to keep the flavors fresh and focused. Hints of cinnamon, cooking spice and orange add depth and dimension. Keep this delicious red on hand to accompany foods that call for a viscous, fruity, youthful Cab. pH: 3.6 Total acidity: .65 Alcohol: 13.6%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2015

Displays deep, persistent dark cherry fruit; subtle blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors emerge on the finish. This sleek red’s richness nicely offsets its racy structure. Balanced, focused and delicious! Should prove to be a long lived Cab with considerable aging potential. - Rob Griffin, Proprietor-Winemaker ** Only 4 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 05/18/2013

Displays deep, persistent dark cherry fruit; subtle blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors emerge on the finish. This sleek red's richness nicely offsets its racy structure. Balanced, focused and delicious! Should prove to be a long lived Cab with considerable aging potential. - Rob Griffin, Proprietor-Winemaker


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Vintage: 2009 10/30/2012

Sleek and silky, with pretty blackberry and floral flavors that linger on the ripe finish. Drink now through 2014.


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Vintage: 2009 10/30/2012

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits pleasing aromas of herbs, spices, violets, and cassis. In the glass it opens to reveal a firm structure, ripe flavors, and moderate length. It is a good value meant for drinking over the next 6 years.


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