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2016 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve

2016 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve
2016 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve

NEW RELEASE | WINE CLUB ONLY

Price: $28
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $21
Case Club: $22.40
Connoisseur's Club: $23.80

Modeled after Viognier from Condrieu

NEW RELEASE | WINE CLUB ONLY

Modeled after Viognier from Condrieu, this barrel fermented and partial malo style is richer, with more weight than traditional Viognier. - Aryn Morell

Tasting notes

White tea, brioche, lemon curd and honeycomb. Swirling brings white peach, dried apricot and a drizzle of caramel and pastry crumble. The palate is glasslike and incredibly restrained. Fresh with citrus, toasted notes and a dry peach tea quality. It finishes with a pithy stone fruit note and citrus honeycomb. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Modeled after Viognier from Condrieu, this barrel fermented and partial malo style is meant to be richer and possessing more weight than traditional Viognier. The Lawrence Vineyard and its elevation gives us good freshness, making the wine seem more vibrant with creamy textures and its consistent mid weight profile.

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.

Vintage2016
VarietalViognier
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
PH3.49
Alcohol12.60%
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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