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2018 Rosé Grand Klasse Reserve

2018 Rosé Grand Klasse Reserve
2018 Rosé Grand Klasse Reserve

Barrel select release of rosé qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

Price: $24
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $18
Case Club: $19.20
Connoisseur's Club: $20.40

91 points - Washington Wine Blog


One of the juiciest and textured Rosé’s we’ve made to date with melon, citrus and hints of white pepper spice on the palate.

Tasting notes

Explosive nose of grapefruit, watermelon, dried strawberry and spring flowers. Some air adds muddled fresh red berries, white blossoms and a gorgeous hint of fresh mint and basil. One of the juiciest and textured Rosé’s we’ve made to date with melon, citrus and hints of white pepper spice on the palate. - Aryn Morell
 

Production notes

Sourced from Lawrence Vineyards, Corfu Crossing & Thunderstone Vineyards, Grenache, Tablas Creek & Clone 3 and Mourvedre from Thunderstone Vineyard. Picked in three pieces and macerated for 15-24 hours, 8 months in stainless steel.

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.

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2018
VarietalGrenache/Mourvedre
Varietal Composition96% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
DesignationGrand Klasse Reserve
Alcohol13.90%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced650

91 points - Washington Wine Blog

The 2018 ‘Grand Klasse’ Rose is a blend of Lawrence Vineyard Grenache with just a hint of Mourvedre. On the nose this silky wine takes on bright red fruit and citrus rind tones with light stony character that build in the glass. The texture imparted is every bit outstanding, as is the delicate red fruit flavors leading to the long, creamy and mineral-driven finish. Drink 2019-2023.

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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