Sunday, March 31, 2013

Updated Tasting Notes: **** Girard Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, CA, 2008 = BEST VALUE

By way of background, opening thoughts: Girard Winery has had a long history in and around Napa Valley, having once owned the vineyards that are now producing cabernet sauvignon at Rudd.  Today we'll be trying the petite sirah, courtesy of Rob - thanks Rob!

Original tasting and review , December, 2011: This is Girard Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, CA, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  It is in fact a blend of 89% petite sirah, 8% zinfandel, 2% mourvedre and 1% grenache. 

In the glass: Dark blood red, opaque a half inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, classic black currant fruit, cassis and some delicious menthol tones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be robust, dark, deep and tasty.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated by the nose, with a brighter surround of plumy acids than I might have guessed.  Still a deep, flavorful experience, full of bold, dark fruits and solid structure. 

In summary: Overall, an intense experience I would chase back to in a heartbeat.  It gets a special nod for its pleasurable intensity.

Updated notes, over a year later, March, 2013:  Consistent color and aromatics.  On the palate, fresh, full, aromatic, bold, full of menthol, yummy structure, full four stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value!

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