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I had to bust out my map of Califonia for this one. David Girard Vineyards is located in El Dorado County – right in the Sierra Foothills. They focus on small production wines with a focus on Rhone varietals. Another cool thing – David Girard Wines are actually made by a woman. Actually, aside from their vineyard manager, the David Girard Vineyards is run by a female staff. Gotta love all that girl power.

The 2008 David Girard Rive d’Or is their Bordeaux style blend – composed mainly of Cabernet with additions of Merlot and Malbec. I was really impressed with this wine – full bodied, layered – lots of red and black fruit, spice (clove, nutmeg), some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pretty long finish – it leaves an impression.

Great winter time red – nice with steak. Would definitely give this one a try, at $20 it’s well worth the money.