2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $26.25
Connoisseur's Club: $29.75
91 points - Wine Spectator
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
90 points - Wine Advocate
Aged 19 months in 60% new French oak, but don't let the numbers on this wine get your head spinning. A very warm summer trailed by a cool fall gave much needed additional hang time for the reds that added much complexity and the scores can support that. A vintage of Cab for the cellar.
Sweet plum skin, currants and a hint of vanilla bean intermingle with black cherry and a savory saline and green olive note. Sweet smoke comes up with swirling, carrying black fruit, raspberry ganache and sandalwood. The palate has great volume and polish with silky tannins. This beautifully elegant wine is for a Cabernet fan who wants silky textures, freshness and class. - Aryn Morell
Aged 19 months in 60% new French oak. The Cabernet that makes up the majority of this wine is grown on Taunton silt and helps keep the alcohol down and the flavor profile more complex and savory, 270 cases produced.
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|Varietal Composition||90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
|Aging||Spring 2016 - 2025
Wine Enthusiast: 91 points
The aromas are intriguing, with notes of flowers, tangerine peel, citrus and mineral. The olive and dark fruit flavors coat the palate, with grainy, slightly dry tannins offering support. - Sean Sullivan
Wine Spectator: 91 points
Lithe, focused and distinctly minty, with an herbal cast to the berry and wet earth flavors, lingering with presence on the lightly prickly finish. Best from 2018 through 2023. - Harvey Steiman
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.