2006 Girard Winery Artistry Napa Valley
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.
Background92 Points - Wine Spectator92 Points - Wine Enthusiast90 Points - WineReviewOnline.ComOur 2006 Artistry is a proprietary blend of 5 Bordeaux-varietal grapes. The varietals and percentages will change from year to year, with a goal of keeping the wine consistent in quality and style. The 2006 vintage is a dark, ruby red wine with aromas of kirsch, darkplum, raspberry, sugar cookies and nutmeg. There are also hints of herbal tea, saddle leather, and toasted walnuts. On the palate, this firmly-textured wine offers a full-mouth feel with flavors of chocolate/cherry truffles, blackberry tart and currants. The firm tannins are verywell integrated, making the wine 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.The blend consists of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petite Verdot,8% Malbec and 7% Merlot. 100% Napa Valley fruit coming from Oakville, Yountville andSt. Helena, using a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Total cases made:5,600.Our 2006 Artistry is also available in 3L bottles and 6L bottles.
DescriptionThe 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.