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Girard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Napa Valley $39.95 (231712) 14.9% alcohol
This expressive, well-balanced red was produced with grapes sourced from the Mount Veeder sub-region of Napa Valley. The nose unfolds gently with blackberry, cassis and sweet cherry aromas supported by hints of graphite, pipe tobacco, cedar and violet. A wash of ripe dark fruit envelops the palate adorned with dark chocolate, espresso bean and sweet vanilla. Dry, medium bodied with firm tannin, balancing fresh acidity and refined structure, it offers a delicious, lengthy, fruit-driven finish. Enjoy with magret de canard and plum compote. (Lisa Isabelle)