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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve

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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Klasse Reserve

Price: $55
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $41.25
Case Club: $44
Connoisseur's Club: $46.75

Smoldering black tea, black currants, cassis, raspberry puree and vanilla bean.

Tasting notes

Smoldering black tea, black currants, cassis, raspberry puree and vanilla bean. Swirling adds ripe plum skin, caramelized strawberry and a hint of savory herbs. The palate is round and generous with plush textures and fine supporting tannins. Layers of ripe red and black fruits carry this into a long beautiful finish.

Production notes

This was fermented in 88% concrete and 12% stainless steel. Aged in 100% new French oak for our longest èlevage to date of 26 months. This is also the first time we’ve included any Merlot in this wine and I certainly think it adds some textural depth and aromatic perfume. Certainly the extra èlevage gives the wine extra density and persistence. One of my favorite GK Cabs to date.

This wine is produced Vegan.

Vintage2016
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition97% Cab Sauv, 3% Merlot
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
PH3.6
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced100

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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