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.

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.