This weekend was a sweltering one in the Napa Valley, which meant there was no better time to try a new (to us) local Sauvignon Blanc.
We picked up a bottle of 2008 Girard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley at our local supermarket for just under $13 (for a 750ml bottle)…
After letting it breathe for a good 30 minutes or so, we noted some very intriguing notes of orange zest and lime on the nose, as well as your typical (for a Sauvignon Blanc) grassy aromas.
At 13.9% alcohol by volume, the wine underwent no malolactic fermentation and there were just over 14,500 cases produced. The primary fruit source for the ’08 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc was the winery’s estate vineyard, which is located on the North side of St. Helena.
We paired the wine with a grilled salmon with cajun spices and fresh green beans and found that it held up quite well. On the palate we got hints of bright green apples and fresh lemons and overall found it to be a refreshing addition to our meal. At its price range, we’ll certainly give the 2008 Girard Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc another try in the future.
If you’re in or around the Napa Valley, visit the Girard Winery tasting room in Yountville:
6795 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Open daily 10am – 8pm