Barnard Griffin 2004 Reserve Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))

This firm, tannic merlot is a step up in concentration from the winery's regular bottling. It's ripe, focused and still a bit tight, with stacked layers of berry, plum and cassis. Winemaker Rob Griffin retains some of the natural herbaceousness of the grape, as a background nuance, adding flavor interest. Decant it well before drinking. Paul Gregutt

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