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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Girard Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Girard Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 91478)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $10.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Girard picked the fruit fully ripe to provide classic tropical, citrus and floral aromas with a lighter mouth feel and excellent acidity. This all adds up to an extremely food friendly wine that is just as enjoyable on its own. It is bright, fresh, clean and crisp.

This is the perfect wine for lighter seafood and chicken dishes or green salads. It also makes a lovely apéritif.

"This is more exotic than most sauvignon blanc, its brisk citrus flavors edgint toward tengelo or pomelo... A mouthwatering white."
-Wines & Spirits

My Notes:

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.