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2018 Girard Red Artistry Napa Valley

America/United States, California
Girard Red Artistry Napa Valley

For over four decades Girard has produced a “red wine” blend from our best barrel lots. In 2003 we found a fitting name for this blend that promotes the artistic side of winemaking. It is in the blending process that we feel “Artistry” finds its best representation.

Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Girard Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
¥6,930  (incl. tax)

For over four decades Girard has produced a “red wine” blend from our best barrel lots. In 2003 we found a fitting name for this blend that promotes the artistic side of winemaking. It is in the blending process that we feel “Artistry” finds its best representation.

Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Girard Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
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Data
Closure Technical Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code GR-4BL--18
UPC 008176393100
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The 2018 Artistry is fresh and focused with red fruit, cocoa powder and graphite on the nose. The palate is elegant with supple blackberry, cherry and red plum fruit wrapped in notes of coffee, and baking spice. The long and velvety finish reveals bold tannins and well-integrated oak.

Production

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage proved nearly ideal. Ample winter rains were followed by lots of spring and early summer sunshine. Bud break and flowering were slightly later than usual, but coincided with ideal weather conditions for healthy fruit set. Summer brought more balance in the form of sunshine and cooling marine influences at night. The mild summer was followed by an equally ideal fall;
allowing fruit to ripen with ample flavor and complexity with moderate sugar levels. After hand-harvesting and sorting, fermentation temperatures were kept deliberately low to retain fresh fruit flavors and deep color extraction. Carefully selected French oak barrels rounded out the elevage (or barrel aging) process, ensuring a wine with vibrant character.

Viticulture

We source Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Oakville, Diamond Mountain and Pope Valley, areas for our Artistry blend, treasured for their ability to offer ripe tannins and bold flavors. Merlot from Yountville and Rutherford lends lush texture and black fruit flavors, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Pope Valley provide floral aromatics and layered fruit flavors. Petite Verdot is often the latest ripening variety, and it contributes to the palate weight, tannin structure and floral aromatics of the final blend. The mélange of fruit, hailing from both hillside and valley floor vineyards unites in a singular, focused expression.

Vinification

Oak Aging 18 months in French oak, 50% new

pH 3.62 | TA 6.5 g/L | Residual Sugar 1.81 g/L