Friday, January 8, 2010
Barnard Griffin Riesling 2008
We warmed up the evening with some spicy garlic shrimp over rice. Shallots and serano peppers were sauteed in some olive oil, then the shrimp and lots of crushed garlic were added. Red pepper flakes came next, followed by a little Manzanilla sherry, a touch of butter and some salt and white pepper.
The wine was a 2008 Barnard Griffin Columbia Valley Riesling out of Washington State. This was another wine in the inexpensive mixed case from a few weeks ago. I stuck it in a snow bank to chill for half an hour and then pulled the cork. With the case discount the price came in at $9 for the bottle.
Definite green apple with a touch of kerosene on the nose. Good mouth feel to the wine and decent weight. The flavor was tart apple and white peach with just a hint of citrus. There was enough residual sugar to soothe some of the heat in the shrimp, and the finish was a good blast of acid to refresh the mouth. The wine checked in at 11.5% alcohol. It reminded more of Australian Riesling than German, and since I like both I was quite happy with this wine.
That's three definite winners from the bargain case, the Monte Antico, the Vieille Ferme white and this wine. Good stuff at a great price.