Inky blue and ruby red in color the aromas offer black cherry blueberry mocha and lilac. Girard's Petite Sirah is full-bodied and its layers and complexity will please all portions of the palate. Extended maceration after primary fermentation provides well-integrated tannins and a silky smooth finish to this massive wine. All of the fruit used to make this wine comes from small clone Petite Sirah which delivers richer concentration and brighter flavors. These century-old vineyards are all in Calistoga where the warmer climate and rich soils provide great depth of character.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. A significant portion of this wine comes from the Godward Vineyard north of Calistoga, where the oldest petite sirah vines are nearing 100 years of age, including a block of mixed blacks. Right now, it's all primary fruit-blunt blueberry and wild, spicy pur ple fruit flavors. What predicts its potential, however, is the freshness and balance of that fruit, held by a firm structure even if the detail is not yet articulated in the wine. Give this ten years in the cellar and it should grow into a beauty.