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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
(search item no. 117814)

PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage is fuller-bodied than previous vintages. The Petite Sirah helps present a dark ruby color and the aromas offer dark chocolate covered cherries, lush blueberries and ripe plums. Winter spices and underlying layers of mocha round out this powerful wine. The tannins will present a soft structure and are well integrated in the wine.

Blend: 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah

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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.