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Aromatics showcase dark fruit notes intertwined with mocha and vanilla bean. Baking spice notes also blend with hints of aged cigar box. On the palate we see blackberry and cassis, mocha powder and a touch of rich leather. The finish of the Cabernet showcases rich dark fruit and expressive tannins.
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. Napaís 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. Patís career in wine began as a sommelier at Chicagoís 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 Girardís varietal focus to Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, grown on century-old vines that dot the Napa countryside. As it has been in the past, Girardís goal is to highlight the flavors of Napa Valley and its rich, ripe grapes. A small portion of the wineryís portfolio also comes from grapes grown in Sonomaís upscale Russian River Valley, where cool weather offers ideal conditions for Chardonnay.
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