Napa Valley winery reviews, recommendations, and photos from our weekly visits to wineries. Periodic reviews of interesting wines from around the world. Occasional musings about classical music as related to wine. Now Partners with Google Field Trip.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Girard Winery offers premium wines at very reasonable
prices. It was founded in 1975 and has
been under the ownership of Pat Roney since 2000. Girard Winery has a tasting
room in Yountville on the main street (Washington St.)
toward the north end. Girard is easy to find and parking was a breeze. The
tasting room is open without an appointment and tastings begin at 11 AM. They offer two tasting choices, one for
$10 and the other for $20. They also
have a two for one tasting coupon on their web page. We opted for the Current Release Flight at
$10 but plan to return to try the other tasting which includes mostly
Cabs. Our wine host, Kevin, was very
friendly and helpful. He informed us
that about 86% of Girard’s fruit comes from Morgan Ranch near Mt.
Vaca, with a fair amount also
coming from Crocker Vineyard in Calistoga.
Our tasting began with the Girard 2010 Sauvignon Blanc at $16. It had some grapefruit on the nose with some
crisp, dry grapefruit and lemon on the palate.
This was followed by the 2010 Russian River Chardonnay at $24 and the
Girard Dutton Ranch Reserve2009 Chardonnay at $30.
Both were well worth the price. I
really liked the Girard 2009 Petite Sirah
at $28. It had some PS spice on the nose
with good but well integrated tannins.
It has character while being smooth and drinkable. It is very traditional in style but does not
have harsh or overwhelming tannins. We
were informed that it comes from 110-year-old vines in Calistoga and that they
add 2% Zinfandel. We also liked the 2010
Old Vine Zinfandel which was only $28 and thought the Girard2009 Cabernet Franc at $40 was exceptionally good. Perhaps our favorite of all was the Girard 2009 Artistry, a Left Bank
Bordeaux style red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot
and Malbec) that sells for $40. I
especially liked the layered cherry and blackberry like mid palate on this
wine, with its solid mouthfeel and smooth tannins. There is some very nice fruit in this wine,
although it is not fruit forward or at all one-dimensional. Given how good this last wine was, I’m really
looking forward to a return visit to try more of their Cabs. They also have a wine club and members may
purchase the Artistry for only $32, which is quite a bargain for a high quality
Napa Valley Cab blend.
We hope to return to Girard soon to try more of their wines,
especially the Cabs. We highly recommend
visiting them when you are in Yountville.