By Kori ~ June 30th, 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 2010 Barnard Griffin RosÃ© of Sangiovese 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
Rob Griffin and his wife Deborah Barnard founded Barnard Griffin Winery, located in Richland, Washington, in 1983. 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. Their RosÃ© of Sangiovese is one of the most well-known and widely available Washington State rosÃ©s. I look forward to its release each year.
â€œThe 2010 boasts gorgeous melon, pomegranate and cherry fruit with hints of pineapple and rose petal. Dry and flavorful with a pleasant underlying minerality. Quite food-friendly, as well as a great stand-alone wine. Stock up on this delicious RosÃ© for all your summer get-togethers.â€ â€“Owner/winemaker Rob Griffin
2010 Barnard Griffin RosÃ© of Sangiovese (Columbia Valley, Washington): Medium bright pink in color. Nice nose with cherry, strawberry, and watermelon aromas. More red fruits as well as orange peel and strawberry Twizzlers come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Very refreshing with a long finish. Gets better the longer it is open. An excellent summer sipper.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $10.99; Available elsewhere, $10 to $13
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Rose Wine, Sangiovese, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25