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2005 Girard Winery Artistry Napa Valley
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2005 Girard Winery Artistry Napa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Girard

Style

Red

Wine Description

The 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.

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Vineyard

Girard

Varietal

Bordeaux Blend

Style

Red

The 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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTE
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.
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  • Wine.com
    Our 2005 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 2005 vintage is a dark garnet wine with aromas of baked cherries, dark plum, lavender, cinnamon, allspice and freshly-cut herbs. There are also hints of tobacco, leather, and toasted pecan. On the palate, this smooth-textured wine offers a full-mouth, medium bodied feel. The firm tannins are very well integrated, making the wine elegant and 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 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petite Verdot, 9% Malbec and 1% Merlot. 100% Napa Valley fruit coming from Oakville, Yountville and St. Helena, using a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    54% Cabernet Sauvignon; 22% Cabernet Franc; 14% Petit Ver- dot; 9% Malbec; 1% Merlot. This deep and well-filled blend of Bordeaux varietals exhibits plenty of richness and a full measure of nicely ripened cassis and black cherry fruit from beginning to end, and its sports a bit of early suppleness before being closed out by firming tannins. It requires a half-decade of patience and could use even more, but it has all the right stuff in all the right places to make aging a sure thing.
  • Winemaker's notes
    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.
  • Food & Wine
    Rating: VERY GOOD Distinctive - As reviewed by Food & Wine - 2009 Wine Guide on 2009. Five Bordeaux grapes are united in this lovely, floral, medium-bodied wine. The bouquet recalls lavender, plum and cherry pie, with nice spicy aromas; the dominant Cabernet endows the wine with bramble fruit, soft tannins and a wonderful nuttiness.
  • CellarTracker Community Tasting Notes
    Community Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 14 notes)
  • Robert Parker