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Girasole

Owner(s) Charlie Barra
Web site www.girasolevineyards.com
 
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Born to Italian immigrants, Charlie Barra planted the home ranch Redwood Valley Vineyards in Mendocino County in 1955 and has farmed 200 acres of vineyards since. He was an innovator (first to use water for over-head frost protection in Mendocino) and an activist (fought for state regulations that changed the way farmers are paid for grapes). BARRA of Mendocino brand was started in 1997 and Girasole (“jee-ra-sol-ay”) in 2001. All wines are estate grown and from organic-certified grapes.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Girasole Vineyards Mendocino Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $12. From 45-year-old organically farmed vines in the Redwood Valley AVA of Mendocino County. · Complex aromatic profile of candied apple, new oak, new mown grass and orange peel. The wooded red fruit is soft and light on the palate. Supple tannins make for easy drinking. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Girasole Mendocino Organic Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 9000 cases, $15. Born to Italian immigrants, Charlie Barra planted the home ranch Redwood Valley Vineyards in Mendocino County in 1955 and has farmed 200 acres of vineyards since. He was an innovator (first to use water for over-head frost protection in Mendocino) and an activist (fought for state regulations that changed the way farmers are paid for grapes). BARRA of Mendocino brand was started in 1997 and Girasole (“jee-ra-sol-ay”) in 2001. All wines are estate grown and from organic-certified grapes. · A very pretty nose of red raspberries, strawberries and violets. Clean red fruits and well-integrated tannins. A wine of appealing harmony. Reviewed December 16, 2007 ARTICLE »