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Girard Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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Why? Extremely rare release. Less than 250 cases. The only other source for this Porthos Exclusive is the winery�s private tasting room high atop Pritchard Hill overlooking Napa Valley. The vineyard for this wine sits directly adjacent to Bryant Family Vineyards ($750+ per bottle Cabernet and larger production) TASTE? This is an outstanding combination of a MASSIVE, age-worthy Cabernet experience with a truly sublime wine (rarely associated with Big Napa Cab.s!) featuring rich blackberry, dark cherry, a hint of vanilla and mocha flavors combined with silky smooth tannins that climax for a finish lasting a full 30 seconds. This delectable wine offers an exquisite experience tonight + promises to age gracefully for the next decade, peaking around 2014 in our estimate. DON�T MISS this rare wine worthy of at least 6 - 12 slots in any serious cellar!

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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: easterner1
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3.50 5
10/26/2009

Girard artistry 2005 has a lovely, lovely nose. A medium mouthfeel, with a nice, if not extravagant finish. The flavor mixes red and black fruits. Probably worth its 90 rating.


Snooth User: firedude2894
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4.50 5
11/15/2010

It was this wine that first showed me that at the intersection of great wine, good food, and amazing friends there is real joy in wine. It is wines like this that add life to life! Being a relative newbie, I had the pleasure of enjoying this wine at a private tasting while visiting Napa Valley. It was paired with some aged sharp cheddar that made the richness and complexity of this wine jump out of the glass and onto my palate. I will never be the same.


Snooth User: 1Stu
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4.50 5
06/10/2009

Big, bad, cellar worthy and not so easy to find. Intense and complex. Give it some bottle time


Snooth User: clynton
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4.50 5
06/05/2011

Tasted at Sunset Wine Club during the Celebration Weekend 2011. Just incredible flavors.


External Reviews for Girard Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe vintage is a brilliantly-colored, dark ruby wine with aromas of ripe cherries, red plum, lavender, cinnamon and allspice. There are also hints of tobacco, mocha, toasted walnuts and anise. On the palate, this smooth-textured wine offers a full-mouth, medium bodied feel. The firm tannins are very well integrated, making the wine elegant and approachable at an early age. There are multiple layers to this complex blend that reveal themselves through decanting or by giving the wine time to open up in the glass.



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Why? Extremely rare release. Less than 250 cases. The only other source for this Porthos Exclusive is the winery�s private tasting room high atop Pritchard Hill overlooking Napa Valley. The vineyard for this wine sits directly adjacent to Bryant Family Vineyards ($750+ per bottle Cabernet and larger production) TASTE? This is an outstanding combination of a MASSIVE, age-worthy Cabernet experience with a truly sublime wine (rarely associated with Big Napa Cab.s!) featuring rich blackberry, dark cherry, a hint of vanilla and mocha flavors combined with silky smooth tannins that climax for a finish lasting a full 30 seconds. This delectable wine offers an exquisite experience tonight + promises to age gracefully for the next decade, peaking around 2014 in our estimate. DON�T MISS this rare wine worthy of at least 6 - 12 slots in any serious cellar!

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