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2016 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

2016 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve
2016 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

NEW RELEASE

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

100% Roussanne qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

NEW RELEASE

91 POINTS - VINOUS

A barrel fermented Roussanne, reminiscent of the southern Rhone valley.

Tasting notes

Rich, notes of honey, shortbread and chamomile tea. Swirling adds lightly caramelized citrus, peach pit, sweet cream and white tea. The palate has good volume, freshness and a nice amount of structure, stretching the wine out to a long finish. Taut and youthful, this should age beautifully.

Production notes

A barrel fermented Roussanne, reminiscent of the southern Rhone valley. Waxy notes of Chamomile, honey and pithy stone fruits with a fresh but silky texture. I fight with this varietal every year, but we’re getting closer to a version I’m beginning to really enjoy. - Aryn Morell

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
VarietalRoussanne
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Alcohol13.80%
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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