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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Girard Chardonnay 2010
Girard Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 114129)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage of Girard Chardonnay is blended from vineyards in the Russian River Valley. It is barrel fermented and aged Sur Lies to create a rich, smooth, food-friendly wine with subtle hints of oak and crisp flavors of lemon, peach and melon. It has classic Chardonnay qualities with a bright and refreshing finish.
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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.