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Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese


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Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese

Rosés can be made from pretty much any red wine, but some seem to lend themselves more readily to the use; Sangiovese, which can be big and fruity, is sometimes used, so this wine is by no means any sort of freak. Barnard Griffin (a respected Washington State winemaker) has been making it for a long time, and it reliably shows well in regional competitions.

The wine is widely available at retail, including from some of the big boys, at prices from $9 up to $16, though the average (per Wine Searcher Pro) is a modest $13.


Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese: Tasting Impressions

Rosés are hard to discuss, because there is such a spectrum of available styles and, on the other side, such an immense diversity in personal style preferences (a rosé for every taste, we suppose you could say). To define the scope, we prefer rosés that are fairly dry but not quite an ascetic bone dry—not, however, "off-dry", either, but with just some "roundness", one might say.

Barnard Griffin's Rosé of Sangiovese is quite well-known and liked in its home, Washington State (and the western U.S. in general), and justly so. At a price barely into the double digits, it delivers clean light red-fruit aromas and tastes (chiefly strawberry) with that rounded quality: not dead dry, but not verging into "off-dry" territory, with just the right amount of acids to neatly balance it and give it sufficient crispness, making it all in all eminently suitable both for casual sipping and for serving with those foods where a rosé is the wanted thing.

This is not the greatest rosé you're ever going to have, or really close to that. But it is a reliable, serviceable wine that will always give pleasure. Recommended.


Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese: Other Opinions

On CellarTracker.

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

Of some major wine-review sites:

We don't generally list any but the "Big Three" (Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, International Wine Cellar), but lest the scores above deceive, Wine Enthusiast has given it some 90's, and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition awarded the 2012 vintage Silver, the 2013 vintage Pink Sweepstake, and the 2011 vintage Best Of Class; in fact, the wine has won gold or better there nine times now. The wine has numerous other awards and medals, too.


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