2016 Artistry
Napa Valley

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Aromatics of vanilla bean, nutmeg and rich cigar box.

2016 Girard Artistry, Napa Valley, 750ml
$60.00
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Wine Type
Red
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Napa Valley
Proprietary Name
Artistry
Varietal
Red Wine Blend
Alcohol content
14.9%
Winemaker Name
Glenn Hugo
Release Type
Current

Vintage Notes
The 2016 vintage for Napa Valley remained on track with previous years in terms of smaller yields of slightly smaller clusters. The quality of the lower yields remained high, in spite of early concerns about the few heat spikes during early summer months. Fortunately, cooler August temperatures slowed ripening to a luxurious pace which allowed us to harvest each parcel at optimal ripeness. 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 for their ability to offer rich and supple fruit flavors with 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. The artful blend of 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 each year’s harvest.

Tasting Notes
Our 2016 Artistry showcases the beauty and elegance of blending varieties and regions into one unified expression. The nose reveals black cherry, cassis and bramble aromas with savory hints of cigar box and dried herbs. The palate is endowed with blueberry, brioche, vanilla bean and nutmeg flavors. The finish is lengthy and gilded with integrated scents of oak and spice.

Composition

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 7% Malbec