Friday, May 22, 2009

Girard Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2005 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Beautiful aromas of blackberry, chocolate, and spice on the nose

Rich, plush texture on the palate

Finish of dark berries, anise, cocoa, and trailing sweet spice notes

Nicely done Petite Sirah! This wine is not big and clumsy, nor is it oddly tannic and herbal- two opposite and unfortunate outcomes this varietal can sometimes yield. Rather, this wine has richness and balance with beautiful aromas and flavors.

I enjoyed this bottle with friends at a restaurant in Charleston, SC. The wine list price was $63 (the retail price is around $30). Remember this is not Syrah. This is a flavor profile closer to Zinfandel. Check it out- and raise a glass!

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