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2014 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve

2014 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve
2014 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve

Price: $24
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Case Club: $19.20
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Barrel select release of 100% Viognier qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

90 points - Vinous

Rich, heady and full of caramelized stone fruits, crème brulee, fig and crème puff.

Production notes

Barrel fermented and aged in 63% new French oak, 120 cases produced.

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.

Vintage2014
VarietalViognier
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
PH3.49
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml

90 points - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

(fermented in barrel; full malolactic fermentation): Bright pale yellow. Sexy aromas of stone and citrus fruits, herbs, honey, white tea and flowers. Flavorful and complex, and not at all stamped by its oak component. (Morell uses tight-grained Burgundy barrels bent by water, noting that the hot water leaches out tannins and gives the wine a creamier new oak profile.) Boasts lovely inner-mouth salinity and the tension to age. Finishes very firm and dry.

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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