2017 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

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2017 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve
2017 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

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

Gård Wine Club Only Selection

100% Roussanne

Incredibly complex nose of caramelized citrus, honeycomb, orange blossom and bloomed baking spices.

Tasting notes

Incredibly complex nose of caramelized citrus, honeycomb, orange blossom and bloomed baking spices. A swirl adds lightly toasted brioche, ripe nectarine skin and white tea. The palate has uncanny texture with bright acidity dancing around citrus and stone fruit with the texture of what I imagine silk would taste like. This wine is hauntingly nuanced...

Production notes
As we’ve continued to evolve this wine, this is the first year in a new 600L Stockinger barrel from Austria. As eastern European oak tends to lean towards spicier aromatics and palate influence, we thought it would add some layers of complexity to the Roussanne and would help keep some tension in the wine through the barrels tannin and combination of stave thickness/cooperage size. We rolled the wine to incorporate the lees as we do with many other wines but with Roussanne its
especially important as its tendency to oxidize is quite high. This wine was bottled without fining and only a light filtration to improve clarity.
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.

Pairings: Richer chicken, fish or pork dishes, risotto; Cheese: Brie, fontina

Varietal Composition100% Roussanne
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
DesignationGrand Klasse Reserve
Aging10 months in 100% new Stockinger 600L
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced65

90 points - Vinous

"Completed its malolactic fermentation): Full yellow. Fresh peach and a hint of licorice on the nose, with no sign of the oxidative almond skin quality that was shown by some past vintages of this wine. Broad, dry and rich but not at all heavy; fresh but a bit subdued compared to the Viognier Grand Klasse. Still, this is a serious wine with slowly mounting length. Quite laid-back and bone-dry. Winemaker Aryn Morell refers to Roussanne as "my most frustrating variety to grow and to make. It's very prone to sunburn and grows like a weed; you have to press it carefully or it oxidizes fast."

Gård Vintners is 100% estate grown sustainably at Lawrence Vineyards in the Royal Slope AVA. Lawrence Vineyards features seven distinct vineyard sites with elevations ranging 930 feet to 1,675 feet. The combination of elevation and south-facing slope provides a great framework for grape production, while the diversity of the seven locations delivers a high level of complexity to Gård wines. Lawrence Vineyards is certified sustainable by Vinewise.org.

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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