2012 Syrah Grand Klasse Reserve

2012 Syrah Grand Klasse Reserve
2012 Syrah Grand Klasse Reserve

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91 points - Wine Enthusiast

Intense and perfumed with blackberry, plum skin, sweet wood resin and a smoky black tea. Dark and brooding with minerals and hot iron. The palate is fresh and fleshy with good concentration and an airy feel, making it feel like its hovering on top of your tongue. Vibrant and graceful with flawless tannins and terrific length, the finish carries on with a floral lift. A beautiful Syrah that will age for a decade or more. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Sourced from Lawrence Vineyards, harvested October 2012. 70% new French oak. Bottled May 2013. 240 cases produced.

Other notes

Inspired by the French Grand Cru wines, Gard “Grand Klasse” is our reserve-level program, aptly named in reflection of our Scandinavian heritage. It represents the top tier of Gård wines, the best of what our estate vineyard has to offer. Award-winning wines produced by winemaker Aryn Morell to showcase the quality of the Lawrence Vineyards estate. To be designated “Grand Klasse,” each wine must meet strict standards of quality and is blended, bottled and aged with the utmost of care to bring you the very best of our grapes and effort in the bottle.

Vintage2012
VarietalSyrah
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Acid5.5 g/L
PH4.02
Aging70% new French oak
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml

All Gård wines are the product of Lawrence Vineyards designated by the Columbia Valley AVA in Royal City, Washington.

Winemaker Aryn Morell, a Washington native, honed his skills in Napa Valley working with some of the country’s most notable producers, including Silver Oak, Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, Husic, Chimney Rock, Chappellet, Stags Leap and countless others in winemaking and the chemical engineering of wine as part of a consulting company for which he worked.

Aryn joined the Gard team as head winemaker in 2011, and spends considerable time in the winery’s estate vineyard with Josh Lawrence, Gard founder and viticulturist.  With an uncompromising attention to detail, Aryn carefully crafts Gard wines with an eye toward the unique expression of terroir of the estate vineyard, and earns frequent accolades and high acclaim for his wines.

In 2014, Aryn and Gard founders Josh and Lisa Lawrence launched a winemaking facility in Walla Walla, M&L Production, where all the Gård wines are produced, bottled and aged. Aryn also makes wine for Matthews Estate, Tenor, Alleromb and Mullan Road, a Washington project for Cakebread Cellars of California.

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