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2016 Thunderstone

2016 Thunderstone
2016 Thunderstone

Price: $45
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $33.75
Connoisseur's Club: $38.25

75% whole-cluster fermentation, bottled unfined and unfiltered.


93 points - Jeb Dunnuck

"A ripe, exotic, downright gamey Syrah that's going to be loved by the Northern Rhône lovers out there." - Jeb Dunnuck

Production notes

Made from a 0.8 acre section of our Scarline Syrah block planted with Joseph Phelps Clone. Fermented with 75% whole clusters and aged in standard Burgundy sized barrels(228L). This is the only Syrah we age in standard sized barrels with 29% of them being new. The toast is kept light on the new barrels to keep the toast impression down while adding some tension and freshness to the wine. The wine is stirred for the last 6 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Other notes

20 months in 29% new French oak 228L’s.

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Volume750 ml

93 points - Jeb Dunnuck Based on 100% Syrah from the Lawrence Vineyard in the Columbia Valley, the 2016 Syrah Thunderstone is a ripe, exotic, downright gamey Syrah that's going to be loved by the Northern Rhône lovers out there. Ground pepper, blueberries, lavender, and smoked meat notes, medium to full body, good acidity, and ripe tannins all make for an exotic, upfront, serious Syrah to drink over the coming 8-10 years. Blind, I'd have pegged this as from the Rocks region of Walla Walla.

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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