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2011 Girard Petite Sirah

Light label condition issue

ITEM 7957775 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
Cruhunte… $25 $25
$25
Item Sold Amount Date
I7957775 1 $25 Sep 19, 2021
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PRODUCER

Girard

Girard is in Yountville, and since 2002 its principal owner has been Pat Roney, a longtime executive in the spirits and upscale grocery industries. Roney worked for Seagram Wine Co. and Christian Brothers before later becoming president of Chateau St. Jean and Kunde. He also was president of Dean & Deluca specialty foods retailer. Girard sources grapes from Napa Valley and makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and dessert wines.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Petite Sirah

Despite its popularity, this grape is quite rare. Less than 10,000 acres are planted worldwide, with the bulk in California. In France, the grape is referred to as Durif. Not to be confused with Syrah, Petite Sirah is a cross of Syrah and Peloursin. The result is darker and fuller.