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2016 Winemaker's Select Syrah

2016 Winemaker's Select Syrah
2016 Winemaker's Select Syrah

Price: $75/bottle
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $56.25
Case Club: $60
Connoisseur's Club: $63.75

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck

Gård Wine Club Only Selection

"Clean, pure, and incredibly elegant, with both richness and freshness, it glides over the palate and is perfectly balanced. It's another incredibly high-quality wine from this team that's well worth seeking out." - Jeb Dunnuck

Tasting notes

Intoxicating nose of smoked meat and charcuterie with wood spice and bacon fat mixed with huge amounts of blackberry, black currants, black tea and plum puree. Swirling just magnifies the original nose while adding black pepper and spring flowers. Dense and structured with pressed fruits and meaty undertones. This is a massive wine that stays remarkably light on its feet. Drinks like a young Guigal La Mouline. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

A new wine meant to showcase the best of our Scarline Syrah blocks. Made from 50% Joseph Phelps, 25% Sara Lee and 25% Tablas Creek clones. Fermented in 75% concrete tanks, 7% whole cluster and aged in 100% new custom 300L French oak barrels made by Tonnellerie Ô for 9 months. A barrel selection is then made and then blend is transferred into twice used 500L’s. A final selection of one 500L is made for the actual bottling.

Aged 9 months in 100% new 300L’s, 8 months in a twice used 500L.

Other notes

The "Winemaker Select" series is our winemakers opportunity to use all of our estate vineyards to craft a truly iconic wine. No restrictions are placed on the site, yield, winemaking technique or the barrels used to age these wines. In some cases these wines are barrel fermented, one of the most costly and laborious ways to ferment a wine but one that yields wines with unmatched concentration and refinement. Enjoy what our winemaker thinks is truly the best we have to offer.

Vintage2016
VarietalSyrah
Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
DesignationWinemaker's Select
Alcohol14.90%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced53

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck

"Also inky colored, the 2016 Syrah Winemaker Select Lawrence Estate Wines was mostly destemmed (there’s 7% whole cluster) and saw nine months in new 300-liter barrels followed by 8 months in neutral larger barrels. Made in tiny quantities (there are 53 cases), it gives up a much more classic Columbia Valley style in its pure red and blue fruits, spice, graphite, and crushed flowers. Clean, pure, and incredibly elegant, with both richness and freshness, it glides over the palate and is perfectly balanced. It's another incredibly high-quality wine from this team that's well worth seeking out." - Jeb Dunnuck

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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