What's not to love here? It's straightforward and fairly obvious, but absolutely no worse for it. Nose of raspberries, herb, vanilla. Round yet lively, the plummy palate is highlighted by citrus and a cocoa finish. Almost equal parts cabernet sauvignon and merlot with the balance cab franc, this is a mindlessly tasty everyday drinking wine.
A smooth, approachable red, Barnard Griffin Cabernet-Merlot provides nuances of dried fruit and spicy vanilla to a nose of raspberry, rose petal and cherry.perhaps from having been aged in both French and American oak barrels. The medium bodied, fruit-forward palate offers vibrant notes of plum, cherry and orange which are complemented by a touch of white pepper on the finish.
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(NV Barnard Griffin Cabernet Merlot Columbia Valley) Lots of sweet oak notes and a touch of spice along with powdered cocoa, and cherry on a pleasing nose. The taste is right down the fairway – smooth and even with a bit of weight and lots of fruit. A good value, especially if on sale. 13.5% alcohol. Recommended.
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