2013 Vaucluse Red
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $26.25
Connoisseur's Club: $29.75
76% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 3% Viognier
91 points - Wine Enthusiast
90 points - Wine Spectator
89 points - Stephen Tanzer, IWC
GOLD & Best of Show - Sunset Mag International Wine Comp.
GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
GOLD - Savor NW
Silky but concentrated, with plum skin, black currants and cocoa powder. A savory note weaves through, reminiscent of bay leaf and olive. The palate is thick, with black fruit, spice and a saline quality giving it a mouthwatering impression. The tannins provide framework, but are fine and melt away. The finish has great lift and has a fresh and floral black tea perfume. - Aryn Morell
Sourced from Lawrence Vineyards, harvested October 2013. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak 500L barrels. Bottled April 2015, 490 cases produced.
Inspired by the Vaucluse department in the south of France, this Rhone blend is harvested from the fertile soils of our estate vineyard near Royal City in the Columbia Valley. Our Vaucluse is a reflection of the finest wines of the namesake region, located due east of France's Gård department. Within the Vaucluse lies Mondragon, a small village bearing the surname of our esteemed vineyard manager, Isidro Mondragon.
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pointsThis wine is a blend of Syrah (76%), Grenache (21%) and Viognier (3%). Perfumed aromas of orange peel, flowers, spice and dark fruit lead to plump raspberry and smoked meat flavors. It needs time to unwind. - Sean P. Sullivan
Wine Spectator: 90 points - Taut, with firm texture to focused blueberry, plum and spice flavors that expand and persist on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. Best from 2017 through 2021. 490 cases made. –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.