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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $40/bottle
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $30
Case Club: $32
Connoisseur's Club: $34

91pts - Wine Spectator

88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot

"Its vanilla oak recedes slightly on the palate and it has plenty of charming sweet fruit as well as a quaffable feel. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years." - Jeb Dunnuck


 

Production notes

This was fermented in 73% concrete tanks and 27% stainless steel. Aged in 63% new French oak for 26 months. Made using 4 of the Lawrence’s 6 vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, all of them having quite different soils, elevations and aspects. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Vintage2016
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cab Franc, 5% Merlot
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
Alcohol14.20%
Volume750 ml

91pts - Wine Spectator
Structured and polished, with medium-weight black cherry, dill and black tea flavors that take on speed toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 685 cases made. — TF

"Its vanilla oak recedes slightly on the palate and it has plenty of charming sweet fruit as well as a quaffable feel. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years." - Jeb Dunnuck

88 - Wine Advocate
Beginning with a simple but structured expression on the nose, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lawrence Vineyards opens with a pleasing core of fruit with blackberry tones, dark cherry skin, plums, oak tones and vanilla with purple flowers dancing together with a soft green herbal expression. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is clean with a spicy sensation in the mouth. Still, it continues to retain the light green herbal pepper nature and ends with a tart cherry expression on the lingering finish. 685 cases were produced. I can see this working very well with food.

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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