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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

2006 Girard Russian River Chardonnay

This Russian River Chardonnay was hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed directly into 50% new and 50% once used French oak barrels. Another cool note about the vinification process was that the wine was fermented with 100% native wild yeasts and the wine went through 100% native malolactic fermentation and was aged sur lies for 10 months.

On the nose I get aromas of baked apple, lemon curd, mineral, star fruit, guava, white flower, and a touch of buttered toast and toasted oak. I also get the strong impression that this wine is distinctly Russian River Chardonnay because it appears to be cool weather Chard and doesn't appear at all fat or over ripe.

On the palate I get flavors of lemon curd, yellow apple, poached pear, toast, and caramel. The texture is ribboned and balanced with good acid and great oak integration. The sur lie aging added a nice richness and thickness to the wine that helps it linger on the palate. The finish is long and shows brilliant notes of baked apple, toast, fig, ripe cantaloupe, and pear.

This wine is very well made and a very quality wine for the price. I also had it with my dinner which was breaded chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and sweet corn, and it pair beautifully. It lacks the "it" factor to make it a classic but is very good wine. 90 points

 
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