This is an absolute All-Star! The 2012 Girard Petite Sirah is a delicious wine we came across at an annual Best of Napa Tasting. Such color, such complexity!
The Petite Sirah varietal is something you must try if you never have. The grape is a distant cloned relative of Syrah and Durif, an indigenous Rhone varietal. Today this clone is simply known as Petite Sirah and thrives in the California microclimate. It is a bit smaller than a Syrah and its high skin-to-juice ratio produces wines with great concentration and structure.
Upon pouring my first glass of the 2012 vintage, I noticed the deep, rich color, amazing spice and velvety tannins. Incredibly well structured, I made a mental note of how such a deep color and dynamic nose could be so well integrated. Inky blue and ruby red in color, the aromas offer black cherry, blueberry, mocha and lilac. Girard's Petite Sirah is full-bodied and layered with complexity that will please all portions of the palate.
These century-old vineyards are all in Calistoga, where the warmer climate and rich soils provide great depth of character. Enjoy with grilled meats, grilled meats and grilled meats! Oh yeah, a rich creamy cheese would pair nicely too. Drink now or put down for 5+ years. Enjoy!Read More »