2016 Winemaker's Select Cabernet Sauvignon

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2016 Winemaker's Select Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Winemaker's Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $85/bottle
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $63.75
Case Club: $68
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91+ pts- Wine Advocate

A truly iconic wine from winemaker Aryn Morell. A new selection of Cabernet Sauvignon made from the best part of our best blocks. 

Production notes

A new selection of Cabernet Sauvignon made from the best part of our best blocks. Fermented 100% in concrete and aged in 300L French oak barrels from Tonnellerie Ô in California. This has the highest phenolic content of the Gård Cabernet wines, but it aged in 300L to increase fruit purity and the perception of mid-palate density. It's also the first Cabernet to be bottled, 10 months before the Grand Klasse.

VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal CompositionCabernet Sauvignon
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
DesignationWinemaker's Select
Volume750 ml

91+ - Wine Advocate

An instant success, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Select displays a ruby color with hints of purple on the edge and bursts from the glass with aromas of blackberry, dark plum, cassis and black cherry with elegant baking spices, hints of cocoa, baked earth and dusted roses in the glass. Full-bodied, the wine is generous, showing a powerful yet balanced structure with melting tannins and lifting acidity, giving way to lasting flavors of blackberry skin and velvety oak tones and a clean, correct, long-lingering finish. You'll want to set this aside in your cellar. Your patience will be rewarded with time. This is delicious. I'm going back for a second sip! Bravo.

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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