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91 • Girardet 2008 Baco Noir, Umpqua Valley $25.
Dark garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry vanilla custard and roasted pepper follow through on a smooth, buoyant entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with roasted nut, cedar, and grilled apple and pineapple notes. Finishes with a long, juicy, lightly smoky fade with sleek tannins. A delicious, easy drinking sipper or table wine with nice complexity and style. (tasted on Feb-10-2010)
90 • Girardet 2008 Barrel Select, Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley $25.
Deep ruby garnet color. Aromas of bacon chocolate, baked cherries and faint chamomile follow through on a soft entry to a dryish medium body with very pure and tart pomegranate and vanilla cream notes. Finishes with a tangy, chewy tannin finish. An excellent food wine. (tasted on Apr-29-2010)
89 • Girardet 2007 Chardonnay, Umpqua Valley $16. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of pork pate heavily seasoned with peppercorns and herbs and follow through on a supple entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with curious medicinal bark note over a range of tart apple skin and pineapple flavors. Finishes with lightly smoky mineral accented fade. Very different, try with grilled pheasant or pate. (tasted on Mar-04-2010)