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Blend: 76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah
The vineyard sources for Girard 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel are the Blue Ridge and Morgan
vineyards on Mt. Vaca. Mt. Vaca is the highest peak of the Vaca range, which forms the
Eastern border of the Napa Valley. The fruit concentration from these mountain vineyards
ensure this Old Vine Zinfandel has rich flavor extraction, a fruit-forward palate and
wonderful layers of complexity from multiple soil types.
The 2005 vintage is fuller-bodied than previous vintages and presents a dark ruby color. The
aroma offers dark cherries, lush blueberries and ripe plums. Warm winter spices and
underlying layers of baker's cocoa round out this powerful wine. Thanks to extended, cold
maceration, the tannins are quite soft and well integrated.
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...Read More About Girard
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...Read More About Zinfandel
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