Barnard Griffin Winery 2018 C’est le Vin Rosé, Washington, $7

By on August 13, 2019

Rob Griffin, the dean of Washington winemakers, practically wrote the book on how to transform Sangiovese in the Columbia Valley and turn it into a gold-medal-winning rosé. The 2018 vintage is no exception. It earned its first gold medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January and repeated at the Cascadia. This time, the family chose to enter its canned version of that same rosé. While the branding on the can is youthfully edgy, it’s the same pink Sangiovese that gets bottled by the tens of thousands. Still, it displays light red fruit behind its pale pink color with strawberry, watermelon and a hint of orange in the nose and on the palate. There’s a touch of minerality to go with its concluding spritely acidity. Pair it with salmon, seared tuna or virtually any type of fare. (The price listed is for a 375-milliliter can.)

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,500 cases

Alcohol: 12.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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