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2016 Pinot Gris Grand Klasse Reserve

2016 Pinot Gris Grand Klasse Reserve
2016 Pinot Gris Grand Klasse Reserve

Price: $28/bottle
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Case Club: $22.40
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Barrel select release of 100% Pinot Gris qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

90 points - Vinous

Alsatian style Pinot Gris with riper fruit, barrel aging and time on the lees. Caramelized pear, lychee, honeycomb and chamomile.

Tasting notes

Lemon crème, peach pit and citrus zest carry the nose. Swirling brings up white peach, citrus blossoms and fresh marcona almonds. The palate is medium bodied, with creamy textures and a pithy citrus and stonefruit finish. Still young but should evolve gracefully over the next 6-10 years. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Modeled after Pinot Gris from Alsace, this more serious Pinot Gris is started in stainless steel and then was transferred into the Foudre mid way during primary fermentation. It is subsequently kept in the Foudre for 12 months on the lees prior to being bottled in early September of the following year. Bottled September 2016, 334 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.

Vintage2015
VarietalPinot Gris
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Residual Sugar3.5 g/L
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml

90 points -  Vinous, Stephen Tanzer | (vinified in stainless steel, then aged for 11 months in a 15-hectoliter oak round, which Morell periodically rolls to keep the lees moving): Very pale, bright yellow. Lovely delicate floral perfume of lemon drop, with a faint candied quality. Offers serious palate presence and intensity, with a hint of sweetness from the lees nicely buffered by salinity and firm acidity. This energetic wine carries its brisk lemony character through a pure, persistent finish.

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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