WINE REVIEW: Girard 2018 ‘Artistry’, Napa Valley, CA ($47)
by Andrew Chalk
A name to follow. Artistry is the Bordeaux blend of Girard and this example is an uncompromising success.
Very ready to drink now but not so immature as to be just a fruit compote. It will pair readily with red meat, from humble Texas barbecue brisket right up to a nuanced filet mignon. If you have the patience, 5-10 years aging will likely bring rewards.
Appearance: Opaque ruby;
Nose: Raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, mocha, new French oak, hints of mint. A complex, involved nose does not prevent the fruit projecting forward.
Palate: Pin-cushion tannins, effusive fruit that reflects the nose. The personality of this wine undoubtedly reflects its New World roots despite being Girard’s riff on a claret.