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The Griffin - on the Foley family crest in Irish heraldry combines the strengths of the lion, king of beasts, with the eagle, king of the skies. A winemaker's dream is to be artistically free to combine characters into wine that is purely hedonic and non-compliant with varietal regulations, so The Griffin's blend changes with every vintage.
Bottled in Spring of 2016, this vibrantly youthful red blend offers aro- mas of red and black berry fruit, rose petals and just a touch of vanilla. The full body is framed by gently gripping fine tannins and a flood of berry fruit. More than half of this blend are classic claret varieties (Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot), which marry with Rhone-rooted varieties (Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono). Delicious in its youth, this red blend combines the stuffing and balance to age elegantly for many years.
Wine AdvocateHappily, things picked up with his 2014 The Griffin, a proprietary blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Charbono. Aged 18 months in French oak (both new and neutral), this is a big cuvée at a good price for an almost Mediterranean-styled wine with loads of meat, lavender, pepper, spice box, and excellent, ripe black and red currant fruit. It is medium-bodied, silky textured, and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.