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Girard Russian River Chardonnay 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes The French oak aging on our Russian River Chardonnay offers up wonderful aromas of vanilla and crme brulee, a lovely foil to the bright scents of tropical and citrus fruit. On the palate, Meyer lemon, peach and melon flavors are balanced by a creamy texture from sur lie aging.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Girard Russian River Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,209
4.00 5
06/20/2010

Preserved lemons, honeycomb, and sandy soil tones greet the nose followed by notes of anise seed and burnt sugar. On entry this is moderately rich, in a fairly creamy style yet balanced with integrated acidity and a lush character. There’s lots of depth to the fruit, with ripe peach and apple tones that lead to a gently spiced backend. The finish shows a bit more nutty wood, but with a soft richness to the fruit. This is elegant and while in a creamy style shows excellent restraint. A fine match for simply prepared game birds or classic roast turkey for that matter. 90pts


Member Reviews for Girard Russian River Chardonnay

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Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
06/23/2010

Oak and butter, nice acidity. Pretty good.


Snooth User: kcmastervich
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4.00 5
10/02/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Girard Russian River Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Delicate honeycrisp apple and melon rind flavors cool this wine down, while mild vanillin scents of oak and a touch of heat warm it up. The cool fruit wins out in the finish. A light-boded wine for grilled sea bass.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Full-bodied, offering a solid core of ripe pear and apple flavors, with a touch of hazelnut on the finish. Drink now.



Wine Tasting Notes The French oak aging on our Russian River Chardonnay offers up wonderful aromas of vanilla and crme brulee, a lovely foil to the bright scents of tropical and citrus fruit. On the palate, Meyer lemon, peach and melon flavors are balanced by a creamy texture from sur lie aging.

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