2013 Riesling Ice Wine

2013 Riesling Ice Wine
2013 Riesling Ice Wine

Price: $60
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $45
Connoisseur's Club: $51

91 points - Wine Enthusiast

Sugar at Harvest 41.6°
Brix | Residual Sugar 26% by weight

This fruit came in at over 500g/L of sugar and took all of a year to finish fermenting. This extremely rich and caramelized version isn’t likely to be repeated again, as trying to ferment at that sugar level is difficult and the extremely cold temperatures it froze at (3 degrees) are rare at this Lawrence Vineyards site.

Tasting notes

Golden copper in color, notes of white raisins, citrus caramel sauce and sticky toffee pudding. The palate is immensely sweet with enough acidity to give it lift and keep it remarkably fresh. The fruit is reminiscent of caramelized peaches and pears with a hint of roasted nuts. This fruit came in at over 500g/L of sugar and took all of a year to finish fermenting. This extremely rich and caramelized version isn’t likely to be repeated again, as trying to ferment at that sugar level is difficult and the extremely cold temperatures it froze at (3 degrees) are rare at this Lawrence Vineyards site. - Aryn Morell

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2013
VarietalRiesling
Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Acid8.2 g/L
PH3.3
Residual Sugar260 g/L
Alcohol11.00%
Wine StyleIce Wine
Volume375 ml

91 points - Wine Enthusiast
 

"A pale golden color, this wine contains a whopping 260 g/L residual sugar. The aromas are vibrant and seem more evolved than its age might suggest, with notes of diesel, brown sugar, orange peel and honey that lead to intensely sweet brown-sugar and maple-syrup flavors that linger on the finish." - Sean P. Sullivan

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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