2006 Girard Napa Petite Sirah

SKU #1038222

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.

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 By: Timothy Fildes |  Review Date: 1/1/2010 
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Sweet blueberry jam in front with clove and peppery spice. Earthy, with wood and gravel notes in the middle. Some lavender, and a hint of pastis in there as well with bits of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Some alcohol warmth kicks in, but it is not overpowering, It is a little gritty at first, but really tones down with time. Very rich, complex, dark, and exquisite. The wine gained vanilla, nutmeg, cedar notes after an hour.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.