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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Girard Chardonnay 2007
Girard Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 96932)
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Russian River Chardonnay was aged sur lie, with frequent stirring of the lees, helping soften the palate and add complexity. It offers a wonderful brightness, clarity and light body. The aroma and flavor profiles include pear, Meyer lemon, plantains and lovely smoky clover-honey notes.

This wine can be served as a refreshing aperitif, and the crisp acidity also makes it a great match for white fish, white meat and fresh green salads.

"Pear and chamomile flavors fill out the buttercream richness of this Chardonnay. Oak lends a hint of tannin, giving it a light grip for grilled prawns." 89 Points
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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.