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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2005
Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2005
(search item no. 90315)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah

The vineyard sources for Girard 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel are the Blue Ridge and Morgan vineyards on Mt. Vaca. Mt. Vaca is the highest peak of the Vaca range, which forms the Eastern border of the Napa Valley. The fruit concentration from these mountain vineyards ensure this Old Vine Zinfandel has rich flavor extraction, a fruit-forward palate and wonderful layers of complexity from multiple soil types.

The 2005 vintage is fuller-bodied than previous vintages and presents a dark ruby color. The aroma offers dark cherries, lush blueberries and ripe plums. Warm winter spices and underlying layers of baker's cocoa round out this powerful wine. Thanks to extended, cold maceration, the tannins are quite soft and well integrated.

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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.