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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 12 
ProducerGirard (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)008176393100

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2015 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.6 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 57 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by howesjj on 2/14/2015 & rated 90 points: lwnty of fruit and the tannins are just starting to soften. Good for another 3 years. (319 views)
 Tasted by Architect Eric on 1/2/2015 & rated 88 points: Reached its best time. Inky and very rich. (452 views)
 Tasted by blgilbey on 9/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice balanced blend, with softened tannins but still possessing plenty of body and finish. Dark cherry coated with a thin layer of vanilla. (888 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 7/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Filling in w/the Friday Brown Bag Group (Mike & Judi's): Dark color. Plum, blackberry, cherry and vanilla notes. The palate follows the bouquet. Develops aromas of red fruit, licorice and green herbs. Balanced, with a nice mix of red and black fruit and a hint if vanilla. Very nice. (1348 views)
 Tasted by LCHammer on 2/22/2014 & rated 87 points: I love Girard winery but this vintage of Artistry was not as good as other vintages. Great mid palate but overly tanninic on the finish. This would normally lead me to believe it's still too young but it got only slightly better after an hour. Either it needs way more time or does not have enough of a fruit backbone. Maybe an off bottle, but I don't think so. (1454 views)
 Tasted by cmhvino on 2/15/2013 & rated 88 points: I'm a big fan of this wine, but not sure this was my best bottle. It took a while to open up, then was not as full as I recall from previous bottles. Girard is always a good value proposition for me, and this did not disappoint. We had it with heavy cheese fondue and a variety of dippers -- held its own. Lots of sediment, and as others have noted, not filtered. Bitter end to the bottle, as expected. (2921 views)
 Tasted by B_J_1 on 12/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Well balanced, might be a bit young. Nice tannins, definitely unfiltered. Very tasty. :) (2999 views)
 Tasted by ddingley on 11/19/2012 & rated 88 points: Didn't sing for me, but pretty good (2698 views)
 Tasted by nogardtla on 8/1/2012 & rated 90 points: Light fruit, nice earthiness and good body. Let it breathe and blow off a little of the alcohol. (3145 views)
 Tasted by timdrex on 6/12/2012 & rated 91 points: Blue fruit, big tannins, decent mix of flavors. Definitely a big wine as evidenced by the large amount of crud at the bottom of the bottle (and eventually in the bottom of my glass). (3096 views)
 Tasted by Piepro on 12/14/2011 & rated 90 points: Very nice sipping wine. High alcohol is a double edge sword, masking the nose at this stage, but not the palate. Lots of dark berry underneath. Another year or two to perfect drinking... (3037 views)
 Tasted by mercer22 on 12/9/2011 & rated 90 points: Great. (2962 views)
 Tasted by Chodge1980 on 8/13/2011 & rated 90 points: Very nice. (3674 views)
 Tasted by rsbrew on 7/9/2011 & rated 90 points: A nice young wine, got a bit better as the evening progressed. Strong nose of berries with a very subtle hint of vanilla. Tannins are still strong, dry with a bit of sour mouth feel. I dont want to sound harsh, enjpyed the wine and will give the other bottles more time to mature. (3844 views)
 Tasted by thatrick on 5/5/2011 & rated 90 points: This is a wine in need of a big juicy steak . The tannins are dry and still a little raw. Overall a nice wine that needs a few more years in the cellar. (4731 views)
 Tasted by thomasrd on 3/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Me likey (4308 views)
 Tasted by Mike Kopanski on 3/8/2011 & rated 88 points: This is not necessarily my style, but we have give them some credit for trying to do something unique. There is lots to like here. The fruit is sharp and brilliant. The color is inky dark purple. When you get to the tannins, they are a little raw, but on their way to being civilized. There is a big mouth feel, which I have a problem with; it fells like too much lees contact and stirring. Just slightly over oaked. The blueberry, black berry, and dark cherry fruit is really pure, some of the best I've had this year. The finish is ligonberry. It is big and rich, but that sour milk taste really bothers me, and hurts the score of what could be a totally awesome wine. I'm going to buy some and share it with some friends who I hope to prove me wrong. (4324 views)
 Tasted by thomasrd on 1/15/2011 & rated 90 points: Hard core red. Alot of sediment (4532 views)
 Tasted by Benedikt on 12/19/2010 & rated 86 points: Very nice but much too young and very much on the dry side. Hold for 5 years! Did my own girard blend with no cab franc. Much smoother! (4915 views)
 Tasted by mikev101 on 12/4/2010 & rated 90 points: Excellent (5046 views)
 Tasted by braste on 9/28/2010 & rated 88 points: Mocha, spice, cherries and plums, silky mouthfeel, smooth tannins with some acidity. Medium finish. (5411 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/6/2010: Its ok. (5748 views)
 Tasted by WI WineLover on 5/29/2010 & rated 90 points: Despite decanting and aerating, needed more time to open up. Very very young. Had with steak at our favorite restaurant - was pretty good by the 2 hour mark. (5987 views)
 Tasted by RyanCianfarani on 5/11/2010: Did not enjoy this bottle even after 4 hour decant. Very, very fruity. Too much so for me and I am a cab drinker who enjoys fruit up front. Was pretty smooth and that is about all I can say for it. A family member did enjoy it, though, so I won't give it any rating. I just won't be purchasing it again. $30 @ Costco. (6226 views)
 Tasted by rjhilgers on 4/28/2010 & rated 90 points: I think SPO is exactly right in his tasting note - "Young, primary, and raw Black fruit that is jammy with caramel, cedar and mint...", especially on the nose. The mint is definitely there on the nose. The acidity is really nice on this wine and would pair well with a rich meal, almost a little barbera feel to it - like a Viette d'Asti combined with a Groth Cab. Very nice combo. Writing this on the second night and it's a little hotter than I remember last night, but the flavor profile is there and I can see this aging nicely over the next 5 - 7 years. Decant it for about an hour to two hours before drinking - this one will pay you back. And, at $40, that's still a good price for a CA cab. (6255 views)
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