Girard Winery Mixed Blacks 2013 Red Wine

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Girard Winery produces some pretty good wines.  They have a full range of wine varietals at a very reasonable cost (for Napa).  Sandra and I stop into the tasting room, when we are in Yountville.  The tasting room is not very large, but the staff make it work for you.  I have been stopped in the parking lot letting me know they have something unique to taste, buy one of their wine servers.  They are on the main drag in Yountville, but be aware, it is a little hard to see it from the road.  The first time we visited the tasting room, we had to call them three times.  It was worth the effort, as we are wine club members.  Their price point and quality make it possible to pick up a mixed case, for a few hundred dollars.

To the wine:  The term “Mixed Blacks” is meant for the wine that is sourced from a 100 year old vines of unknown varietals.  It is believed that there is even some white wine grapes in it.  Girard simply do not know what is in the field, but they have made wine out of it.

Nose:  The nose on this mixed red wine was strong on the nose, that had no spice notes, but a hint of strawberry.  I will add that there was a hint of berry notes.  The nose was unique and pleasant.

Tasting phase:  During the tasting phase was full of strawberry, plum and jam notes.  This was very unique and there was a certain quality to it.

Finish:  The finish on this mixed red wine was pleasant and warm.  There were spice, strawberry, and jammy notes.  Again, this is a unique wine experience.

In the end, Sandra and I have sourced another bottle of this wine from the tasting room in Yountville, California.  It is just a unique bottle of wine that is distinct.  I will call it a statement wine, for those willing to take a risk.

Alpha Omega Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 2012

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If you have read my posts on Alpha Omega, you will know that both Sandra and I are huge fans of the winery and the wine they produce.  The Cabernet Franc is a great example of their level of wine making.  Sandra is a big fan of Cabernet Franc’s and when Alpha Omega came out with theirs, we were there to sample it (and buy it).  I will admit here that I am biased, but this is a very good bottle of wine.  I will keep this short.

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Franc was light and had some spice and strawberry notes.  The nose was enjoyable.

Tasting phase:  The tasting phase had some spice notes, with a slight berry notes.  I will go as far as to say there was some tangy notes, to the tasting phase.

Finish:  The finish had spice and strawberry notes.  I found the wine pulls from the back of the tongue.  The finish had a quality to it that I have come to expect from Alpha Omega wines.

I can solve the riddle of if we have purchased more of this wine and we have.  We are headed to the winery this weekend  for a private tasting, with the Director of Sales.  He wants some input on the experience at the winery, for its customers.  By the way, the view from the tasting area is great in the winter months.  Mountains, fog, clouds, and cool weather equal a great tasting experience.

Trefethen 2012 Harmony Chardonnay

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This bottle of Trefethen 2012 Harmony Chardonnay was sourced at the winery, just before the big earth quake that devastated many Napa wineries.  We were very surprised when we arrived and found two of our favorite wine servers.  Adam from Alpha Omega and Angie from Charles Krug.  They both left their  mother ships and moved to Trefethen.  It was great to see them.

We were given a great tour through the gravity fed winery and they introduced us to their whole product line.  The winery looked great.  During the earth quake, the gravity fed winery was damaged.  It is a shame, it was a really good looking and historic building.

To the wine:  This bottle of 2012 Harmony Chardonnay is from the Oak Knoll district of Napa valley.  The grapes in this Chardonnay were sourced on the estate of Trefethen.

Nose:  The nose on this Chardonnay had very nice floral  and fruit notes.  The nose was medium in intensity and pleasant.

Tasting phase:  The tasting phase was pleasant and full of floral and green melon notes.  The tasting phase was distinctive and of quality.

Finish:  The finish was very mellow and falls away.  There was no warmth and pulls lightly from the middle of the tongue. The finish had some nice fruit notes that lingered.

Conclusion:  The name on the bottle of Chardonnay is Harmony.  This makes sense because this describes this wine very well.  Everything had a balance to it and I have purchased another bottle of this wine.

Jonas Red Wine 2010 Napa

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This bottle of Jonas Red Wine 2010 from Napa was sourced in the Girard Winery tasting room in Yountville, ca.  This bottle is normally not available for tasting.  I have a philosophy that if I am served the wine, I just might buy it.  When I discussed this philosophy with the server, the server opened up a bottle of Jonas.  In the end, we purchased a bottle of it.

There was a saying on the label of this bottle of wine and it states “Vinum ex Steriliis.”  This is Latin for “Wine of the Barrel.”  The wine is a blend Cabernet Franc and Syrah.  The production volume of Jonas is 150 cases, so you can see why it is not normally tasted, at the tasting room.

To the wine:

Nose:  The nose on this Jonas Red Wine was strong and full of berry notes.  Nothing individual dominated the nose of this wine, it was just nice and added to the wine tasting experience.

Tasting Phase:  The tasting phase on this red wine, was strong on the berry and spice notes.  Nothing overpowering was sensed during the tasting phase, but this is a bolder wine, that can stand on its own.

Finish:  The finish on this wine pulls from the full tongue.  The spice note was muted on the finish and lost a bit to the berry notes.  I really enjoyed the finish on this wine.

Now to the question:  Yes I would purchase this wine again.  I look forward to next years vintage.