2007 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.
BackgroundOur 2007 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 2007 vintage is deep crimson in color with aromas of dark cherry, dark plum andblackberry. There are also nuances of leather, toasted nuts and baking spices. On thepalate, this firmly-textured wine offers a full-mouth feel with flavors of mocha/cherrytruffles, blackberry tart and dark currants. The firm tannins are very well integrated,making the wine approachable at an early age. There are multiple layers to thiscomplex blend that reveal themselves through decanting or by giving the wine time toopen up in the glass. Cuvée: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11%Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot.We utilize long term grape contracts to ensure consistency and quality in the Bordeauxvarietals that create our Artistry blend. The fruit is sourced from prized vineyards in St.Helena, Oakville, Yountville and Atlas Peak. Each vineyard is situated in ideal soil andmicroclimates, conducive to producing fully-ripened Bordeaux grapes with complexaromatic and flavor characteristics.
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.
User Tasting Note
Vino SW FloridaNice floral and cherry nose with dark cherry, blackberry and spices, with lingering balanced finish.