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Girard Petite Sirah 2009

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Our Petite Sirah is an inky, dark, fruit-forward wine with aromas of baked cherry pie, ripe plum, marzipan, anise and allspice. On the palate it offers a wonderful balance of integrated, firm tannins and crisp acidity with a soft, spicy and lingering finish.

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Girard Winery:
The narrow, winding road up Sage Canyon leads a traveler to one of Napa Valley's best kept secrets: Pritchard Hill, where mountain wineries such as Bryant Family, Colgin and Chappellet have carved a niche into the steep slopes. It's here that you will find the vineyards from which Girard's 93-point Cabernet was born. Girard was founded 35 years ago at the dawn of New Age winemaking in Californi... Read more
The narrow, winding road up Sage Canyon leads a traveler to one of Napa Valley's best kept secrets: Pritchard Hill, where mountain wineries such as Bryant Family, Colgin and Chappellet have carved a niche into the steep slopes. It's here that you will find the vineyards from which Girard's 93-point Cabernet was born. Girard was founded 35 years ago at the dawn of New Age winemaking in California. Since its inception, Girard Winery's quest has remained unchanged: to seek out world-class vineyards and produce from them, wines that in every way possible, reflect the breathtakingly rare terroir in which the grapes were grown. On hillsides high above Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. And Girard winemaker Marco DiGiulio lets terroir - or the vineyard - determine his choice of varietals. It's no wonder Girard's Cabernet ripens well on the rugged terrain of Napa's mountain appellations, with views that stretch clear across the valley. At lower altitudes, richer soils are more suitable to growing white grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc and red grapes like Merlot. As a result, Girard has dedicated much of its valley floor acreage to these varietals. Additionally, the winery sources a small amount of Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from individual growers in other parts of the valley. The Chardonnay in the winery's portfolio also comes from grapes grown in Sonoma's upscale Russian River Valley. For more than three decades, Girard has celebrated its sense of place in the California wine country. With the right grapes from the right locations, this Napa Valley winery offers a line-up that features both power and finesse - the hallmark of great California wine. Discover Girard's remarkable wines for yourself. Read less

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Snooth User: kevsipe
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0.00 5
10/20/2012

Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2019 (based on 3 user opinions) Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by noahbw on 10/5/2012 & rated 91 points: 3 hours in decanter. Thick dark purple in the glass. Nose or dark ripe fruit, smokey black pepper, leather, spices, caramelized sugar, dusty wood, branches and bark. Palate is broad yet full of concentrated black berry and pronounced tannin that sings. Jammy notes give way to chocolate and an earthy, herbal and concentrated fruit finish that lingers so nicely. PJG: 91 (234 views) Tasted by jspostles on 8/31/2012 & rated 93 points: Really nice petite...popped and poured - 30 minutes later: voila! (450 views) Tasted by cbbrown3 on 8/24/2012 & rated 91 points: This was decanted for about an hour. The wine is a deep, dark purple color. There are blackberries, black pepper, smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, dried herbs, underbrush, and some earthiness on the dark and pleasing nose. This is medium to full body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. There is a lot of fruit and spice on the palate with just a bit of earthiness coming in on the back end with dark chocolate and black pepper. Nice length on the finish where the dark chocolate really kicks into high gear. This is very young but already very nice. (542 views) Tasted by Ceo on 5/31/2012 & rated 94 points: This wine is showing well after a venturi and decant. It is young but it will be even better in a few years. Hard to beat Girard P.S.!! (850 views) Tasted by cbbrown3 on 5/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Decanted about 3 hours. Deep, dark purple color. Blackberries, black pepper, smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, dried herbs, and underbrush on the very pleasing nose. Medium to full body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Lots of fruit and spice on the palate with just a bit of earthiness coming in on the back end. Nice length on the finish where the dark chocolate really kicks in. Very young but already very nice. (938 views) Tasted by Gross Cellars on 4/21/2012 & rated 95 points: Excellent. Deep, fully bodied red (938 views)


Snooth User: travelquarterly
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4.50 5
03/13/2013

Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2019 (based on 3 user opinions) Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by noahbw on 10/5/2012 & rated 91 points: 3 hours in decanter. Thick dark purple in the glass. Nose or dark ripe fruit, smokey black pepper, leather, spices, caramelized sugar, dusty wood, branches and bark. Palate is broad yet full of concentrated black berry and pronounced tannin that sings. Jammy notes give way to chocolate and an earthy, herbal and concentrated fruit finish that lingers so nicely. PJG: 91 (275 views) Tasted by jspostles on 8/31/2012 & rated 93 points: Really nice petite...popped and poured - 30 minutes later: voila! (480 views) Tasted by cbbrown3 on 8/24/2012 & rated 91 points: This was decanted for about an hour. The wine is a deep, dark purple color. There are blackberries, black pepper, smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, dried herbs, underbrush, and some earthiness on the dark and pleasing nose. This is medium to full body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. There is a lot of fruit and spice on the palate with just a bit of earthiness coming in on the back end with dark chocolate and black pepper. Nice length on the finish where the dark chocolate really kicks into high gear. This is very young but already very nice. (569 views) Tasted by Ceo on 5/31/2012 & rated 94 points: This wine is showing well after a venturi and decant. It is young but it will be even better in a few years. Hard to beat Girard P.S.!! (883 views) Tasted by cbbrown3 on 5/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Decanted about 3 hours. Deep, dark purple color. Blackberries, black pepper, smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, dried herbs, and underbrush on the very pleasing nose. Medium to full body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Lots of fruit and spice on the palate with just a bit of earthiness coming in on the back end. Nice length on the finish where the dark chocolate really kicks in. Very young but already very nice. (964 views) Tasted by Gross Cellars on 4/21/2012 & rated 95 points: Excellent. Deep, fully bodied red (963 views)


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Source: NapaCabs.com
02/14/2012

Tahitian vanilla bean, anise and allspice; on the palate, there s a balance of integrated, firm tannins and bright acidity with a soft, spicy and lingering finish.



Our Petite Sirah is an inky, dark, fruit-forward wine with aromas of baked cherry pie, ripe plum, marzipan, anise and allspice. On the palate it offers a wonderful balance of integrated, firm tannins and crisp acidity with a soft, spicy and lingering finish.

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