Barnard Griffin Riesling 2020, Columbia Valley, Washington

Barnard Griffin Winery began in 1983 with borrowed grapes and a rented cellar, the dream of founders Deborah Barnard and Rob Griffin. It has since become one of Washington’s most enduring and award-winning wineries. At the helm then and now is the most experienced winemaker in Washington State, Rob Griffin. 2020 vintage: For winemakers, the season unfolded into a welcoming respite in an otherwise unprecedented and unrelenting year. Nature gave us a remarkably unremarkable harvest – which is not necessarily a bad thing. A Goldilocks vintage, if you will: not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Human factors appeared throughout 2020’s harvest; an ongoing pandemic and wildfires tore through the Pacific Northwest, cloaking the region in smoke. “In the end, we made it through both unscathed – with a healthy cellar team and grapes that came in without a touch of smoke taint.” Vineyards: Bacchus Vineyard and Gamache Vineyard. Tasting notes: Opens with an inviting melon and tangerine nose rounded out by ripe honeycomb aromas. Crisp, bright apple and pink grapefruit flavors greet the palate. Just a touch of minerality and rock candy chimes in on the long, refreshing finish. Off-dry and very food friendly.