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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve

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Barrel select release of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

91 points - Wine Advocate
90 points - Wine Specator
90 points - Vinous

A very elegant new world Cabernet that is filled with perfectly, pure 100% barrel-select estate Cabernet, the best for the most deserving.

Tasting notes

A perfectly ripe, hedonistic mixture of black currants, raspberry puree, plum skin and spice. Swirling adds sweetness to the fruit, but also a mouthwatering freshness at the same time. The palate has gorgeous volume, ripe fruit, sweet tannins and an elegant lift to the finish. This is as elegant as a New World Cabernet is going to get. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Aged in 100% new French oak, 220 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.

VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Volume750 ml

91 points - Wine Advocate | The 2013 Grand Klasse checks in as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that saw 22 months in 100% new French oak. It's a big, rich, decadently styled effort that offers lots of blackberries, blackcurrants, toasted spice and hints of chocolate in its full-bore, rich, concentrated personality. It’s not for the traditionalist out there, but it delivers on the pleasure front. Drink it over the coming 7-10 years. - Jeb Dunnuck

90 points – Stephen Tanzer | (15.2% alcohol; made from several blocks on fine sand soil): Healthy dark red. Much sweeter on the nose than the regular Cabernet bottling, offering scents of plum, spices, cocoa powder and bay leaf. Sweeter, broader and more generous than the Columbia Valley Cabernet; more classic Washington in its ripeness but still in a rather restrained style. This broad, firmly structured wine finishes with very supple, fine-grained tannins. -- Stephen Tanzer

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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