Thursday, October 2, 2008
GIRARD PETITE SIRAH 2006
The first of my Petite Sirah reviews for this month is one of my all-time favorites. The Girard Petite Sirah 2006 ($25ish) is a gorgeous, medium-bodied red with inky colors, fragrant aromas of dark berries, mocha powder and white flowers. There is a slight earthiness to it, however this wine always leads me back to the memories of my grandma's homemade blueberry pies - the ones she would make me for my birthday (I wasn't a big cake eater as a kid). There is a lot of complexity here, though it's all subliminal, with smooth yet well-mixed tannins, and a lot of hidden power on the palate. I love this wine, though I wish there were more than the barely 4300 cases produced.