Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Columbia Valley, Washington

Barnard Griffin Winery is situated in south-central Washington at the confluence of the Yakima, Columbia, and Snake Rivers, in the heart of Washington State’s wine country. Founded in 1983 by Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard, Barnard Griffin has been producing wines for over 30 years. 2020 vintage: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot. Pumpovers 2 times daily; pressed at 1-3% sugar; peak fermentation temperature 85 degrees; aged 16 months in barrel. Delivers a cascade of opulent plum, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors framed with subtle notes of bittersweet chocolate and oak spice. A very rich, fruity, food-friendly cabernet. Vineyards: Sagemoor – Columbia Valley, Black Rock Vineyard – Yakima Valley, Arete Vineyard – Columbia Valley. 2020 will be remembered for the ongoing pandemic and wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest, cloaking the region in smoke. Fortunately, Barnard Griffin made it through both unscathed, with a health cellar team and grapes that came in without a touch of smoke taint.