Girard Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

Item No. 102838
  • white wine
  • W&S90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

To obtain a balanced, food-friendly Chardonnay, we source our fruit from the cooler areas of the Russian River Valley – the majority of our Chardonnay comes from Dutton Ranch. The cooling, marine-layer influences enable our fruit to be picked with a high level of acidity, resulting in a bright, fresh and crisp wine.

The French oak aging on our 2008 Russian River Chardonnay, offers up wonderful aromas of vanilla and crème brûlée; blending in with these warm aromas are bright scents of tropical and citrus fruits. On the palate, Meyer lemon, peach and melon are balanced by a creamy texture from sur lie aging.

The grapes were whole-cluster pressed directly into a combination of 50% new French oak and 50% used French oak. The wine went through native primary and malolactic fermentations and aged in barrel for 10 months.

Critical Acclaim

"Delicate honeycrisp apple and melon rind flavors cool this wine down, while mild vanillin scents of oak and a touch of heat warm it up. The cool fruit wins out in the finish. A light-boded wine for grilled sea bass."
90 Points

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It just doesn't get any better than this Chardonnay. Many may disagree, but this Chardonnay continues to be my all time favorite
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Style: Fruity & Smooth
Very nice chardonnay flavor, slight crisp front. Good finish
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