2013 Merlot

2013 Merlot
2013 Merlot

Our first ever Gård Merlot from our Scarline Vineyard on the Frenchman Hills. Aged in 40% new French oak and 60% once-used, it's lively and rich.

Tasting notes

Ripe and round with dark spices, black cherry and plum concentrate. Swirling adds some softer notes of crème bruleé and sandalwood. It has great volume and polish, showcasing classic Merlot plushness and soft silky tannins. Dark fruits and spice resonate on the finish. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Sourced from Lawrence Vineyards, harvested October 2013. Barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak, 60% used-once French oak. 75 cases produced. Released February 20, 2016.

Vintage2013
VarietalMerlot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Aging40% new French oak
Alcohol14.20%
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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