2006 Girard Winery Artistry Napa Valley
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4 Ratings
2006 Girard Winery Artistry Napa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Girard

Style

Red

Wine Description

The 2008 vintage is a rich garnet color and has aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and cassis. There are also nuances of leather, toasted hazelnut and winter spices. On the palate, this firmly textured wine offers a full mouthfeel with flavors of coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, berry tart and currants. The tannins are very well integrated, making the approachable at an early age. There are multiple layers to this complex blend that reveal themselves through decanting or by giving the wine time to open up in the glass.

Winemaker's Notes

Our grapes were hand sorted and gently crushed. We used native yeast for fermentation and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel. After primary fermentation, the wine went through an extended maceration period to soften the tannins. It was aged 22 months in French oak (50 percent new, 50 percent 1-year-old) and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Vineyard

Girard

Varietal

Bordeaux Blend

Style

Red

The 2008 vintage is a rich garnet color and has aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and cassis. There are also nuances of leather, toasted hazelnut and winter spices. On the palate, this firmly textured wine offers a full mouthfeel with flavors of coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, berry tart and currants. The tannins are very well integrated, making the approachable at an early age. There are multiple layers to this complex blend that reveal themselves through decanting or by giving the wine time to open up in the glass.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2004 Vintage) 63% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Petit Verdot; 12% Malbec; 9% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc. As in past versions, Girard's Artistry conveys plenty of solid, well-focused fruit and seasons the mix with both sweet oak and scattered flashes of forest-floor spice. In this outing, however, latter-palate tannins grab and refuse to let go, and obvious acids stiffen its slightly hard finish. Just how much polish the wine will ultimately find is a question open to debate, but time is a must and answers will not co...
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2008 Vintage) Very rich and ripe in fruit, and also rich in new oak. The combination makes for mouth-filling blackberry and cherry pie filling, currant, licorice, dark chocolate and spicy flavors that are frankly delicious. The finish is quick, suggesting this lovely wine is best enjoyed in its youth. - S.H.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage)