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2014 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

2014 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve
2014 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

Price: $22
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $16.50
Connoisseur's Club: $18.70

90 points - Vinous

A new wine instated to the Grand Klasse Reserve program, the 2014 vintage of roussanne is a showcase of the beauty and dimension that roussanne can have. Its complexity lends to its ability to pair well with foods, especially seafood dishes.

Tasting notes

A nose of honeycomb, lemon curd and wet slate mixed with honeysuckle. Swirling lifts white currants, raw honey and chamomile tea. The palate is polished with caramelized stone fruits, brioche and a floral lift. It has wonderful texture but is also youthfully compact. It’s drinking nicely now but will benefit from a few years of evolution. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Harvested October 2014, barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak.

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.

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2014
VarietalRoussanne
Varietal Composition100% Roussanne
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
DesignationGrand Klasse Reserve
Acid7.0 g/L
PH3.59
Residual Sugar< 1.0g/L
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml

90 points - Vinous

"Completed its malolactic fermentation): Full yellow. Fresh peach and a hint of licorice on the nose, with no sign of the oxidative almond skin quality that was shown by some past vintages of this wine. Broad, dry and rich but not at all heavy; fresh but a bit subdued compared to the Viognier Grand Klasse. Still, this is a serious wine with slowly mounting length. Quite laid-back and bone-dry. Winemaker Aryn Morell refers to Roussanne as "my most frustrating variety to grow and to make. It's very prone to sunburn and grows like a weed; you have to press it carefully or it oxidizes fast."

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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