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.
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Our 2012 Girard Sauvignon Blanc showcases aromas of lime peel,
lemon meringue and grapefruit. On the palate notes of papaya,
mango, pineapple and citrus accent the bright acidity. more
Our 2011 Girard Sauvignon Blanc showcases aromas of candied
ginger, bright summer lemon curd and ripe grapefruit. The palate
displays notes of guava, papaya and citrus. A slightly flinty and
wet slate characteristic compliments the refreshing acidity. more
On the nose we see blackberry compote, fi gs and toasted spices reminiscent
of the holidays. Th e palate is starting to express its dark fruit character
accented with notes of plum, cranberry and toasty oak notes and hints of
hazelnuts. Th e wine will benefi t with some cellar time allowing the... more
A very clean, fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc; Lush aromas of citrus zest, pineapple and guava on the nose, while the palate exhibits fresh-cut grapefruit and Meyer lemon. A wonderful aperitif wine that pairs well with lighter white fish, green salads and goat cheese. 100% Sauvignon Blanc more
The 2010 vintage is fuller-bodied than previous vintages. The Petite Sirah helps present a dark ruby color and the aromas offer dark chocolate covered cherries, lush blueberries and ripe plums. Winter spices and underlying layers of mocha round out this powerful wine. The tannins will present a... more
Aromas of pipe tobacco, ripe Bing cherry and wild marionberry appear on the nose with hints of soft and elegant baking spices. The palate expresses dark fruit infused with pomegranate, toasted oak and mocha. The finish lingers with satisfying flavors of graham cracker, plum and well-integrated... more
Aromatics unfold with olives, anise, coffee, thyme and dark fruits. On the palate the wine showcases a rich mouthfeel of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, blackberry cobbler, dusty cinnamon and mocha. The finish evolves with bright acidity and inky tannins that integrate with intense savory fruit. more
The 2010 vintage of Girard Chardonnay is blended from vineyards in the Russian River Valley. It is barrel fermented and aged Sur Lies to create a rich, smooth, food-friendly wine with subtle hints of oak and crisp flavors of lemon, peach and melon. It has classic Chardonnay qualities with a bright... more
The 2009 vintage Petite Sirah is an inky, dark, fruit-forward wine with aromas of baked black cherry tart, dark plum, Tahitian vanilla bean, anise and allspice; on the palate, there's a balance of integrated, firm tannins and bright acidity with a soft, spicy and lingering finish.
Blend: 98%... more
A very clean, fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc; Lush aromas of citrus zest, pineapple and guava on the nose, while the palate exhibits fresh-cut grapefruit and Meyer lemon. A wonderful aperitif wine that pairs well with lighter white fish, green salads and goat cheese. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. more