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Girard Uncorked California 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

66% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 16% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah Sweet caramel and cola on the nose over jammy raspberry fruit. There’s a lot of tobacco and tea here as well, which adds complexity but this comes off as sweet on the nose. Soft and fairly dry on entry with nice density of dry extract in the mouth. the flavors here are well grounded with just a hint of evolution in the way the dried herb notes blend with the mellowing fruit. the wood is lurking beneath the surface, adding a bit of dryness which will get worse with time as the fruit continues to fade. fairly fruity on the finish with those drying tannins helpfully distracting from the sweet tea notes. easy to drink but not my style. 86pts

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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 Uncorked California

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
3.00 5
06/30/2014

66% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 16% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah Sweet caramel and cola on the nose over jammy raspberry fruit. There’s a lot of tobacco and tea here as well, which adds complexity but this comes off as sweet on the nose. Soft and fairly dry on entry with nice density of dry extract in the mouth. the flavors here are well grounded with just a hint of evolution in the way the dried herb notes blend with the mellowing fruit. the wood is lurking beneath the surface, adding a bit of dryness which will get worse with time as the fruit continues to fade. fairly fruity on the finish with those drying tannins helpfully distracting from the sweet tea notes. easy to drink but not my style. 86pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
4.30 5
06/30/2014

Four and a half glasses



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