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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Girard Russian River Chardonnay 2004
Girard Russian River Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 85436)

PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The dense, cool marine-layer fog that blankets the Dutton Ranch ensures wonderful crisp acidity for half of our Chardonnay juice. Add the rich full-flavored juice that comes from the warmer La Porte Cochere vineyard, and you have a complete, well-balanced award-winning Russian River Chardonnay. Lovely, enticing tropical and citrus aromas are augmented with a rich and round silky-smooth pallet. The blend consists of 100% Russian River Chardonnay.
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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.