Ratings & Reviews


Girard 2008 Artistry


90 Points

"Very rich and ripe in fruit, and also rich in new oak. The combination makes for mouth-filling blackberry and cherry pie filling, currant, licorice, dark chocolate and spicy flavors that are frankly delicious. The finish is quick, suggesting this lovely wine is best enjoyed in its youth."
- S.H. (3/1/2011)


Girard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain


92 Points

"Big, ripe and flavorful, with intense currant, berry, spice, cedar and sage. At points, this full-bodied wine turns fleshy, but then just as quickly tightens, ending with a mix of berry and herb. Best from 2010 through 2018. 781 cases made. "
–JL


Girard 2006 Sauvignon Blanc


91 Points

"So dry, so clean, so acidic and minerally, just a great version of a Loire-style Sauvignon Blanc. With little or no oak, it shows brilliant lemongrass, peach, vanilla and spice flavors. A wine that cleans and stimulates the palate, and a welcome addition to the top tier. "


Girard 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel


92 Points

"Ripeness and well-defined fruit are comfortably juxtaposed in this deep and very convincing young Zinfandel and the varietal's berry-like voice is given free play throughout. While moderately full-bodied, the wine is alive and balanced from beginning to end, and, if a bit given to last-minute acidity, it is built for improvement and has all of the right stuff in all of the right pieces to evolve nicely over the next half-dozen years."


Girard 2008 Sauvignon Blanc


90 Points


"Ripeness and well-defined fruit are comfortably juxtaposed in this deep and very convincing young Zinfandel and the varietal's berry-like voice is given free play throughout. While moderately full-bodied, the wine is alive and balanced from beginning to end, and, if a bit given to last-minute acidity, it is built for improvement and has all of the right stuff in all of the right pieces to evolve nicely over the next half-dozen years."


Girard 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel


90 Points


"A fine Zinfandel, ripe and balanced. The wine shows concentrated wild berry, licorice, fruit liqueur, jam, bacon and spice flavors. Yet the richness is balanced with fine acidity and soft but intricate tannins, and the finish is dry. Drink now–2013 for freshness."


Girard 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley


90 Points

"Delicate honeycrisp apple and melon rind flavors cool this wine down, while mild vanillin scents of oak and a touch of heat warm it up. The cool fruit wins out in the finish. A light-boded wine for grilled sea bass."


Girard 2008 Petite Sirah


90 Points

"This juicy red shows bright red berry and blackberry flavors that are balanced by thick, rustic tannins, with spice and cedar details and a touch of smokiness on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,600 cases made."
–MW (12/31/2010)


Girard 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel


5 Stars

"Full bodied and intensely flavored, this is an exceptional Zin, with rich fruitiness, good balance, and a long finish, tasting of blackberry, toast, pepper, cherry, and cedar."


Girard 2007 Petite Sirah


93 Points

"This is a big, potent, Incredible Hunk of a wine. It’s gigantic in wild, exotic blackberry, blueberry, mulberry, pomegranate, licorice, pepper and dark chocolate flavors, wrapped into firm tannins. Continues a near-perfect streak of ageworthy, dry Petite Sirahs from Girard."


Girard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County


4+ Stars

"A youthful, full bodied, generously flavored Cabernet, with luscious texture, rich fruitiness, and a long finish, tasting of cassis, blackberry, cedar, and spicy oak. Unusually good, and a wonderful value."


Girard 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley


90 Points

"Lush and creamy with toasty oak, ripe peach and citrus fruit; rich but not heavy; sensual and long with balance and style."


Girard 2007 Petite Sirah


4 Stars

"Full bodied and supple, this is an intensely flavored Petite Sirah, with blackberry, toast, cedar, and black licorice aromas/ flavors. Long, lightly tannic finish."


Girard 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel


93 Points

"Intense plum hue, powerful aromas of blackberry, pepper, and wintergrass. Jammy flavors of blackberry, plum, and mocha. Velvety tannins and hints of bitter chocolate in the lingering close."


Girard 2007 Sauvignon Blanc


90 Points

"A really good wine from a producer with a fine track record for producing savory, balanced Sauvignon Blancs at a fair price. With no oak at all, there’s nothing to stand between your palate and the crisply tart pink grapefruit, Meyer lemon and honeydew melon flavors."


Girard 2007 Cabernet Franc


90 Points

"An appealing Cab Franc, among the better versions of the variety. Shows the weight and structure of a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, except the flavors veer toward red cherries and red cherry liqueur. Drink now, with honey-baked ham."
November 2010


Girard 2006 Artistry


92 Points

"This bottling has been remarkably consistent for Girard over the years. It’s always very good to excellent, and this 2006, a blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties, is one of their best ever. The wine is rich in blackberries, currants, chocolate, sandalwood and cinnamon spices, wrapped into impressively fine tannins. Drink soon, with decanting."
 - S.H.  (10/1/2009)


Girard 2006 Artistry


92 Points

"Sharply focused, tight and richly flavored, yet trim and balanced, offering a beam of currant, black cherry, herb and olive. Gains depth and nuance on the long, integrated finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2017. 2,800 cases made. "
 –JL


Girard 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain


92+ Points

"Slightly more earthy, displaying hints of burning embers, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, plums, and spice, is the full-bodied, powerful, opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain. With loads of potential, with 2-3 years of cellaring, it should turn out to be as good as the Pritchard Hill."
 


Girard 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain


95 Points

"Where Girard’s estate Cab is beautiful now, their Diamond Mountain bottling is one for the cellar. Veteran winemaker Marco DiGiulio has applied his considerable experience, with classic results. The wine is marked by firm tannins that make it astringent and sticky. But underneath all that is an explosion of currant, plum, licorice, chocolate and spicy curry flavor that dazzles. Should easily age for a long time in a proper cellar. Production was a paltry 325 cases, and worth the search."
 - S.H.  (12/15/2008) 

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