By way of background: Girard Winery has been making Napa Valley wine for a very long time, although the winery and vineyard locations and grape sourcing has changed from time to time.
Original tasting and review : This is Girard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2011, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled four years from vintage date, in May, 2015.
In the glass: Deep mahogany, just opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows light, slightly funky red and black berry tones. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, yet with a core of blackberry fruit.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deeper than anticipated, with fairly bold robes of ripe blackberry holding forth on the palate. Shows some black charcoal with the full fruit, then finished with apparent acids.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and will definitely benefit from some juicy food to help tone the bright acid wash.
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