Of the many incredible wines J and I tasted on our honeymoon in Napa, we fell in love with wines by Girard Winery. Our experience at their tasting room was sublime and we ended up joining their club. Four times a year, we receive four bottles of wine. Every time a shipment arrives, we're just instantly taken back to our wonderful vacation and get to try new, usually not-widely-distributed wines.
The nose of this wine was surprising to me. I smelled a lot of blackberry initially, but then could only come up with "earth, like rich soil" to describe the secondary note. The back of the bottle noted "coffee", so I guess that's what my nose was searching for. Once sipped, it has a rich, velvety mouthfeel. We enjoyed with an herb-crusted steak and a version of the grilled peach salad. The price is listed at $30 on their website's product page, but I believe we have a slightly discounted price as club members.
We both enjoy Napa-area wines already, but I'm making a concerted effort to buy more of them after the terrible earthquake that impacted the area recently. I know that in the grand scheme of terrible things that are happening around the world, broken bottles of wine and olive oil doesn't stack up to war or poverty, but it's still a devastating event for people, businesses, and a community. So, even though it probably doesn't make any impact at all, at least my Napa wine purchases make me feel like I'm helping, or at least being mindful of bad things while I am lucky to sit down and enjoy a delicious glass of wine.
Enough deep thoughts - what is your favorite Napa-area wine?