03 Aug Wine Wednesday: Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2014 ($15)
“Complex fruits, including apples, citrus – and yes, coconut-add up to a wine both sleek and satisfying, with toasted almonds rounding out the finish. Best Buy.” – Wine Enthusiast
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016 –
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) – 92 Points (2014)
Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points (2013)
Wine Spectator – 89 Points (2013)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – 2013 Best Of Class
Best White Wines Under $25 – 2016
A real underdog with an entrepreneurial spirit, Rob Griffin, went against the advice of his U.C. Davis professors and came to Washington in April 1977 to become Preston Winery’s first winemaker. It didn’t take long before his hard work and determination paid off because he won the first ‘Best of Show’ award at the Seattle Enological society’s ‘Northwest Wine Festival’ with his 77’ Chardonnay. Five years later he and his wife, Deborah Barnard, established their own label. The first vintage focused on Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, and Riesling. For over 5 years Rob served as the winemaker and general manager at Hogue Cellars. In addition, he served as a consultant to several Washington producers until completion of the Richland Washington Barnard Griffin Winery and Tasting Room in 1996.
The highly regraded 2014 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay offers captivating aromas of grapefruit peel, orange blossom, and dried pineapple with a hint of new wood and vanilla. The Barnard Griffin Chardonnay white wine also displays a stylish element of pear and mineral-infused citrus flavors supported by an underlying racy character. Wine Spectator described the Barnard Griffin Chardonnay as follows, “A strong floral streak runs through pear and grapefruit flavors on a light, lime-tinged chassis. Shows refinement.” While, Wine Enthusiast left the following review, “Another jazzy, Best Buy winner from Barnard Griffin, this 2014 Chardonnay should be sipped to the tune of Harry Nilsson’s “Put The Lime In The Coconut,” which neatly captures the flavors.”
Drink the 2014 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay now or enjoy next year. This Grape Certified Gold white wine is terrific as an aperitif this and pairs well with a variety of foods. We recommend pairing the 2014 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay with any of the following recipes or meals: THEGRAPE’s Fried Chicken & Wine Recipe, Skillet Chicken with Vegetables, Shrimp Fettuccine or a delicious Vegetarian Pasta Salad.
Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Style: Full-bodied, Fruity, Smooth & Crisp
Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Fried Chicken & Wine Recipe
We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold white wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try this 2014 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay food and wine recipe pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!
Barnard Griffin Chardonnay - Wine Rating
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
Forget the margaritas, and ditch the calories that come with it. The 2014 Barnard Griffin Chardonnay is a fun, fruity, refreshing wine for the masses and is a much healthier choice. A real steal, you may want to purchase a couple of bottles just in case. After chilling, enjoy lush waves of juicy citrus, lemon rind, pineapple, and pear with delicious undertones of almond that build up to a clean round finish. This Grape Certified Gold Chardonnay won’t disappoint. We can promise you that!