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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Girard Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Girard Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 100097)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $17.79

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
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The primary fruit source for our 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is our estate vineyard on the north side of St. Helena; we also source fruit from the highly-respected Crocker vineyard and the acclaimed Morgan Ranch at the base of Mt. Vaca. All three vineyards provide warm days and cool nights, combined with dense clay alluvial soils–excellent growing environments for Sauvignon Blanc.

A very clean, fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc; Lush aromas of pineapple, guava and banana on the nose, while the palate exhibits fresh-cut grapefruit and tangy lemon zest. A wonderful apéritif wine that pairs well with lighter white fish, green salads and goat cheese.

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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.