2006 Girard Napa Petite Sirah
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Beautifully captures Petite Sirah’s lusty elegance, a contradiction in terms but one fans of Pet will understand. The lust is in the exuberant way the way explodes in berries, cherries, chocolate, violets, sandlewood, pepper and cedar aromas and flavors. The elegance is in the classic structure, due, no doubt, to the pedigree of the Calistoga vineyards from which the wine was sourced. " (11/08) 91 points Robert Parker: "Hard-core Petite Sirah fans will find plenty of excitement in Girard’s 2006 Petite Sirah. This fairly-priced offering is a 5,400-case blend of 87% Petite Sirah and 13% mixed black varietals. Although surprisingly approachable and soft by Petite Sirah standards, it packs a powerful punch. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by massive flavors of blue and black fruits, incense, spring flowers, and truffle-like, earthy undertones. Full-bodied and rich with sweet tannin, it can be drunk now, but should easily last for 15-20 years. " (12/08) This wine is reserved for those wishing to show off their purple teeth! Visually opaque with inky, jet blue and ruby red coloring. The aromas offer black cherry, blueberry, mocha and lilac. This 2006 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.