Since I have started to drink wine on a weekly status, I have been seeking out new and exciting wines that are from small vintages. There are so many large vintages on the market today, I feel as though the larger wineries have lost the true essence of what wine is all about, family and fun.
Red wine for my family is something as a treat since we are mostly 90% raw vegans. My extensive studies have lead my family into drinking red wine lately, although this red wine is not organic and is not raw vegan. The mere fact that many scientists are finding that red wine has beneficially effects on people that have heart disease in the family keeps me purchasing something that is not 100% organic. I am not a firm believer that vineyards actually use pesticides though, since it would kill the grape. Rather, most smaller wineries I have found to use hot steam to kill away pesky weeds and insects, this does not go for all small wineries though.
So, my hands came across this new winery that I have never seen called Barnard Griffin. It has been around Washington State since 1984, when I was just a small girl. So, I was excited to try this new 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. When I say new, this is because wines take time on the shelves to age to the perfect taste. So, therefore, new wines are usually bottled for around one to two years for a good wine. This wine was aged on the shelves for around two years, so it is just coming out into the stores now.
When we opened up the bottle and let it sit for around thirty minutes to breathe, I was slightly worried about the taste. I am not one much for a woody taste, fruity is my flavor, but I kept an open mind about it. It was not strong enough to fill the room like other red wines have a tendency to do.
So, we tried the red wine which has a slightly foggy burgundy color, a few sediments in the glass were seen. The taste was much like it smelled, much like oak. Even though the bottle did not directly state that wine was aged in oak barrels, it was very apparent that this is the process at Barnard Griffin Wineries. I asked someone from the store after drinking it and the representative told me he thought it was aged in European and French Oak Barrels, not American oak barrels.
If you are looking for a darker burgundy, with slight sediments, you will love this red wine. For me, there were no apparent tastes that I could pick out however I was told it should have a cherries and cassis with a slight amount of vanilla hints in the flavor. For me the oak taste was over-whelming and I could not get past that flavor and smell to get to the other hints. Many people that I have talked to that love fifty year old aged wine have commented that this less than $20.00 wine is a great bargain for a serious red wine drinker. Since it is strong, I suggest pairing it with a red meat and not to be drunk without food.