Barnard Griffin 2014 Rob’s Red Blend, Washington, $14

barnard griffin rob's redBest Buy! Rob Griffin takes the credit for stitching together this remarkably approachable blend of Merlot (53%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), Syrah (8%) and Malbec (6%) that’s loaded with milk chocolate, black cherry, dark plum and vanilla bean aromas. Cherry juice and chocolate-covered almonds begin to describe the flavors, backed by a structure of easy tannins that slowly build and finish with red currant acidity. It’s priced for Tuesday night, but its food-friendly versatility makes it worthy of a barbecue or weekend dinner with lean meats such as flank steak or pork loin. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 6,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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