2015 Artistry
Napa Valley

Aromatics of vanilla bean, nutmeg and rich cigar box.

2015 Girard Artistry, Napa Valley, 750ml
$60.00
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Wine Type
Red
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2015
Proprietary Name
Artistry
Appellation
Napa Valley
Varietal
Red Wine Blend
Alcohol content
14.9%
Case Production
1976
Winemaker Name
Glenn Hugo
Release Type
Current

Vintage Notes
Despite a smaller crop overall (compared to the previous few years) and a continuing drought, the 2015 harvest developed into another great vintage. Picking decisions were based on ripeness, but even more importantly, on ideal flavor development in the grapes — the cornerstone process of crafting a great wine. Fermentation temperatures were kept deliberately low to retain fresh fruit flavors and color extraction. Carefully selected French oak barrels rounded out the elevage (or barrel aging) process, ensuring a wine rich character and complexity

Vineyard Notes
We source Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend from St. Helena, Oakville, Diamond Mountain and Pope Valley, areas offering dark fruit and well-integrated tannins. Merlot from Yountville and Rutherford lend lush fruit components while our primary sources for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Pope Valley allow for longer hang time. Our Petit Verdot tends to be our last fruit brought in, allowing for complex character and tannin development while the Yountville Malbec adds mid-palate weight and juiciness. These grapes come from both hillside and valley floor vineyards, providing rich texture, balance and integrated tannins. Every year, this blend is perfected to showcase the very best of the harvest.

Tasting Notes
Our 2015 Artistry blend showcases sweet blackberry and cassis aromas mingling with savory hints of cigar box and dried herbs. On the palate this wine is endowed with blueberry and brioche flavors, vanilla cream and nutmeg flavors which lead into a lengthy finish gilded with integrated scents of oak and spice.

Composition

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 11% Malbec & 6% Petit Verdot