By Kori ~ January 13th, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the NV Barnard Griffin Cabernet Merlot from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Barnard Griffin Winery, located in Richland, Washington, was founded in 1983 by Rob Griffin and his wife Deborah Barnard. Rob moved to Washington State in 1977 to be winemaker for Preston Wine Cellars when there were under ten wineries in the entire state. Shortly after founding Barnard Griffin, Rob left Preston and went to work for Hogue Cellars as winemaker and general manager. In 1991, Rob left Hogue to devote his full time and energy to Barnard Griffin. The current winery and tasting room were built in 1996. Barnard Griffinâ€™s current annual production is approximately 75,000 cases. They are well-known for their distinctive Tulip label which graces all of their non-Reserve wines.
â€œA great nose of vanilla, spice, dried fruit, herb, and raspberries. Straightforward plum, cherry, and orange fruit on the palate. Round and approachable with a supple texture. Good with everyday foods such as beef and barbequed meat.â€ â€“Owner/winemaker Rob Griffin
NV Barnard Griffin Cabernet Merlot (Columbia Valley, Washington): 47.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49.5% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep, ruby red in color. Aromatic with red fruits and cinnamon on the nose that leads to red and black cherry and spice box on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, medium drying tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $9.49; Available elsewhere, $9 to $16
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25