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Girard Zinfandel Old Vine 2011

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Why can’t they all make Zinfandel like this, for gosh sake? Why does it have to be 16 percent alcohol and a pectin-laden jelly jar? But thank goodness for winemaker Marco DiGiulio and the folks at Girard. What we have here is a Zinfandel that’s got all the elements – great fruit and relatively (especially for a Zinfandel) low alcohol. In other words, it’s a Zin with the convertible top down so that you and your senses aren’t assaulted. Instead, as you wend your way through a bottle, you’re in for a smooth, yet joyful ride.Thank goodness too, that Girard found the wayward Blue Ridge Vineyard. Located on the backside of Mt. Vaca eight miles east of the city of Napa as the crow flies and east of Vacaville on the Solano County side. At 2,700 feet, Bob Harris’ vineyard is perhaps the highest in the Napa Valley.What it produces from its 35-year-old vines (that astonishingly used to go into Beringer’s white Zin!), is a wine of great restraint made from fruit that’s brilliantly grape-y without being overblown. The wild blueberry/blackberry flavors are brambly and what you’d expect from a high-altitude, poor-soil spot with vines that may or may not be considered old, depending upon with whom you speak.The wine is sweet without being too sweet. The wine is big, without being too big. The wine is full of tannin, but not too much that you can’t touch it for a century. It has enough acidity to go with that tannin to keep it going for about 10 years. In other words, what we have here is an almost perfect Zinfandel.In addition to the Blue Ridge fruit, there is Petite Sirah from a variety of vineyards. The wine was unfiltered and unfined and spent 18 months in French, American and Hungarian barrels (35-40 percent of which were new). Perhaps best of all, at 24 bucks, it’s the steal of the year from the Napa Valley.

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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: doctron
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/19/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: Derek67
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 08/20/2009

An elegant and dark zin. Black fruit, bramble and very light pepper spice.


Snooth User: jimintucsn
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/21/2009

Refined fruit and Jam, needed some time to really open up. Complex but not overbearing.


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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Why can’t they all make Zinfandel like this, for gosh sake? Why does it have to be 16 percent alcohol and a pectin-laden jelly jar? But thank goodness for winemaker Marco DiGiulio and the folks at Girard. What we have here is a Zinfandel that’s got all the elements – great fruit and relatively (especially for a Zinfandel) low alcohol. In other words, it’s a Zin with the convertible top down so that you and your senses aren’t assaulted. Instead, as you wend your way through a bottle, you’re in for a smooth, yet joyful ride.Thank goodness too, that Girard found the wayward Blue Ridge Vineyard. Located on the backside of Mt. Vaca eight miles east of the city of Napa as the crow flies and east of Vacaville on the Solano County side. At 2,700 feet, Bob Harris’ vineyard is perhaps the highest in the Napa Valley.What it produces from its 35-year-old vines (that astonishingly used to go into Beringer’s white Zin!), is a wine of great restraint made from fruit that’s brilliantly grape-y without being overblown. The wild blueberry/blackberry flavors are brambly and what you’d expect from a high-altitude, poor-soil spot with vines that may or may not be considered old, depending upon with whom you speak.The wine is sweet without being too sweet. The wine is big, without being too big. The wine is full of tannin, but not too much that you can’t touch it for a century. It has enough acidity to go with that tannin to keep it going for about 10 years. In other words, what we have here is an almost perfect Zinfandel.In addition to the Blue Ridge fruit, there is Petite Sirah from a variety of vineyards. The wine was unfiltered and unfined and spent 18 months in French, American and Hungarian barrels (35-40 percent of which were new). Perhaps best of all, at 24 bucks, it’s the steal of the year from the Napa Valley.



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