2010 Girard Napa Valley Petite Sirah
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.
*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.
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.