Thirty years after first planting its vineyards, Girard continues to produce wine reflecting the quality that has made Napa Valley the most famous New World wine growing region in the world. Napaâ€™s rise to fame was punctuated by a renaissance that began at the same time Girard was setting down its own roots. The valleyâ€™s benchmark year occurred in 1976, when a panel of French judges blind-tasted their own wines against a few upstarts from Napa. Much to everyoneâ€™s surprise, the California wines won first place in the white and red wine categories. Despite French howls of protest, the now famous Paris Tasting firmly established California on an equal footing with its Old World counterparts. Today, Girard is experiencing a similar rebirth of sorts. Longtime California vintner Pat Roney purchased the winery shortly after the new millenium. Patâ€™s career in wine began as a sommelier at Chicagoâ€™s renowned Pump Room. Later he returned to his native California, where he ultimately became president of Chateau St. Jean, in Sonoma Valley. At Girard, Pat continues a tradition of making Chardonnay and Cabernet-based wines. But he is also expanding Girardâ€™s varietal focus to Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, grown on century-old vines that dot the Napa countryside. New vineyard plantings are also underway on both Diamond and Howell mountains, which border the western and eastern edges of the valley. As it has been in the past, Girardâ€™s goal is to highlight the flavors of Napa Valley and its rich, ripe grapes. A small portion of the wineryâ€™s portfolio also comes from grapes grown in Sonomaâ€™s upscale Russian River Valley, where cool weather offers ideal conditions for Chardonnay. Visit the Girard website.
The nose unfolds with notes of apple, vanilla and freshly grated cinnamon. On the palate, the bright acidity laced with Mandarin orange, citrus peel and Bosc pear offers a welcome balance to the baking spice nose. As this wine coats the palate, note a layer of minerality and oak which ... more
Girard Sauvignon Blanc
The aromatics of our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc suggest citrus, melon and exotic tropical notes. On the palate, the bright acidity is balanced by mandarin orange, kiwi, lime and a hint of honeydew melon. The balance of acidity and fruit linger for a clean, crisp finish. more
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