Girardet Chardonnay Umpqua Valley Blend 2007

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Fragrant nose of toasted pineapple and loads of tropical fruit. Lightly herbal with hints of camphor and guava, and Juicyfruit chewing gum. Nice weight on the palate. Luscious, juicy flavor yet a nice beam of acid carrying it. Fresh, tropical fruit on the palate. Lots of pineapple. Slight hints of banana. Very fresh. Creamy feel and lingering flavors and no noticeable oak. Nice vanilla tones. Tasty! 90 pts.

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Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard:
Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-speaking region where winemaking is a centuries old tradition. Philippe worked on his uncle’s vineyard in Switzerland where he discovered his passion for wine. While working as a design engineer at Cal Tec in the 1960’s Philippe met a beautiful young woman named Bonnie, with her own passions for th... Read more
Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-speaking region where winemaking is a centuries old tradition. Philippe worked on his uncle’s vineyard in Switzerland where he discovered his passion for wine. While working as a design engineer at Cal Tec in the 1960’s Philippe met a beautiful young woman named Bonnie, with her own passions for the wines of Europe. The two were romantic idealists to the very heart and were soon married. It was a vacation to Oregon in the 1960’s that lead Philippe and Bonnie to discover the lush Umpqua Valley and the future home of Girardet Wine Cellars. They selected a vineyard site Southwest of Roseburg on a sunny slope set perfectly between the cool coastal climate and the warm interior of the Umpqua Valley. The Girardets established their own vineyard in 1971. The vineyard now totals 35 acres of over 30 varieties of grapes, which have been painstakingly selected over the years. “This is an outstanding area for fruit, especially grapes,” says Philippe. The winery has since established a reputation for its collection of wines, producing award-winning Baco Noir, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and others. A very popular blended wine has been created and perfected over the years, the Grand Rouge, which is a Rhone style blend of 14 different grapes, and the result is a very smooth, versatile red wine at an affordable price. Second generation Winemaker, Marc Girardet, was schooled by his father Philippe in learning the art of wine making. Guided by his parent's vision, he is continuing the family tradition of winemaking in a handcrafted style creating award winning wines with depth and grace, wines to complement good food and good company. Continuing the Girardet family tradition of century old European wine craftsmanship, the vineyards continue to use techniques proven effective before the modern industrialized farming and manufacturing of wine. The Girardet Estate Vineyards are farmed organically, growing natural grapes in a sustainable, healthy environment. Beneficial insects and cover crops are used to keep the vines healthy without the use of any pesticides; selected animals are also encouraged to live in the vineyards and keep pests away. Dry-farming or non-irrigated farming techniques are used to produce small flavor packed berries and conserve water. When dry-farming is used vines struggle and become more focused on diverting energy to the development of fruit. These traditional techniques work together to capture the full essence of the earth, creating a more natural and vibrant assortment of wines. The Girardet family invites you to experience genuine European craftsmanship and welcomes visitors to their tasting room and vineyard. Read less
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09/11/2012

Fragrant nose of toasted pineapple and loads of tropical fruit. Lightly herbal with hints of camphor and guava, and Juicyfruit chewing gum. Nice weight on the palate. Luscious, juicy flavor yet a nice beam of acid carrying it. Fresh, tropical fruit on the palate. Lots of pineapple. Slight hints of banana. Very fresh. Creamy feel and lingering flavors and no noticeable oak. Nice vanilla tones. Tasty! 90 pts.




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