Sommolier: The Griffin 2009

Blends are the fastest growing red classification, and my QPR (quality price ratio) favorite is The Griffin 2009. This Robert Foley Vineyards proprietary blend of Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is an across-the-country hit from sip to sip. It’s crafted each year with a different blend from the cellar’s wine lots, and every vintage has been stellar. The Griffin is a structured red with dark cherry, dark berry mocha and spice flavors infused with soft tannins, balance and loads of personality. In a word or two—simply delicious! Robert Foley, the winemaker and genius behind so many legendary Napa wines, plumbed his Irish roots to deliver this economical superstar. With a winemaking philosophy to produce very expressive wines that finish gracefully, it’s no wonder Bob Foley is leader of the cult pack.

You can find The Griffin in downtown Baton Rouge at a scorching hot spot named Blend, where it pairs perfectly with Chef Eric Sibley’s Seared Duck Breast. Or conduct your own duck hunt here in Sportsman’s Paradise with a bottle from Calandro’s for $35.

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