2010 Girard Napa Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1115472 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Girard’s 2010 Petite Sirah is an absolutely beautiful bottle of wine. Sweet black currants, spices, violets, asphalt and grilled herbs all take shape in this mid-weight, yet luscious red. This is a decidedly refined, plush Petite Syrah with lovely balance, but little of the weight or firmness usually associated with the grape, which can be good or bad, depending on one’s point of view. The wine’s balance, however, is beyond reproach. This is a great showing from Girard.  (12/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Girard’s recent Petite Sirahs have been great, really defining a Napa approach to the variety, and their 2010 is right up there. It’s fairly high in alcohol, but there’s no trace of overripeness. You’ll find delicious blackberry jam, black currant, grilled bacon and black pepper flavors that finish dry, spicy and above all, satisfying. Wonderful now, but it should easily negotiate the next 10 years in the bottle.  (10/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Espresso notes highlight the intense, robust wild blackberry and blueberry flavors laced by floral, tea and spicy highlights. Wonderfully dense, with the thick tannins never getting in the way of the focus and fresh fruit core. Drink now through 2018.  (12/2012)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2013 | Send Email
It is incredibly rare that we are excited enough to e-mail you about a Petite Sirah but if there ever was one the 2010 Girard Napa Valley Petite Sirah is it. Sure this has a lot press and hype behind it and yes it is one of the historic benchmarks of the varietal in California but even without those bonuses we’d be really fired up about this wine. The most important thing I look for in Petite Sirah is tannin management, yes PS is always going to have some monstrous tannins, but are they a cute cuddly kind of monster or a big, bloody scary one? Here they are more in line with a scary Muppet, they are there lurking behind some corner, their appearance is inevitable, but when they unveil themselves the really just add dimension to the show. Add a bit of the hallmark PS herbal/medicinal qualities and more dried plum, boysenberry, charred meat and toasted coconut and this becomes a tremendous showing of the varietal that is big but not excessive and ripe but never sweet.

Staff Image By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2013 | Send Email
This is a winter wine if there ever was one. Give it a lot of air or even see how much it has to give over the course of a few days. It shows the lushness of 2010 fruit which is supported nicely by floral tones, roasted herbs, and tar. The wine even sports a wonderful texture when it fully opens up and the tannins harmonize with the palate. The generosity of fruit in 2010 is very flattering to the overall profile, and it still retains good acidity. This is an excellent value and even age-worthy.
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Petite Sirah

- Once thought to be related to the Rhône's Syrah, it ends up that Petite Sirah is more closely related to the Southern French varietal Durif, which is virtually extinct in France. On the other hand, Petite Sirah thrives in California, where it is prized for its ink-dark color, rich, peppery, black-fruited tannic wine and ability to age. There is even a group passionately devoted to the varietal called PS I Love You. While often bottled varietally, Petite Sirah is also frequently blended with Zinfandel to give that wine structure, and is usually among the varietals planted in the old vine field blends of Northern California. The grape is also grown with some success is South America - Brazil and Argentina, in particular - and in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9