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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Girard Artistry 2006
Girard Artistry 2006
(search item no. 100487)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Artistry is a dark, ruby red wine with aromas of kirsch, dark plum, raspberry, sugar cookies and nutmeg. There are also hints of herbal tea, saddle leather and toasted walnuts. On the palate, this firmly-textured wine offers a full mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate/cherry truffles, blackberry tart and currants. The firm tannins are very well integrated, making the wine 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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About Girard:

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. Napa’s rise to fame was punctuated by a renaissance that began at the same time Girard was setting down its own roots.

Today, Girard is experiencing a similar rebirth of sorts. Longtime California vintner Pat Roney purchased the winery shortly after the new millenium. Pat’s career in wine began as a sommelier at Chicago’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 Girard’s varietal focus to Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, grown on century-old vines that dot the Napa countryside. As it has been in the past, Girard’s goal is to highlight the flavors of Napa Valley and its rich, ripe grapes. A small portion of the winery’s portfolio also comes from grapes grown in Sonoma’s upscale Russian River Valley, where cool weather offers ideal conditions for Chardonnay.

With the right grapes from the right locations, Girard offers a lineup that features both power and finesse—key words in California wine.