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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Girard Girard Petite Sirah 2003
Girard Girard Petite Sirah 2003
(search item no. 85425)

PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Girard Petite Sirah is developing quite the cult following." The 2003 vintage smashed onto the scene, much bigger than previous incarnations. Big blackberry, bountiful blueberry and powerful plum characteristics await the patient consumer. All of the fruit we use to make this wine comes from the small clone Petite Sirah, which we believe delivers richer concentration and brighter flavors. The blend is 90% Petite Sirah, 8% Zinfandel and 2% Carignane. 3217 cases produced.
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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.