2017 Thunderstone

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2017 Thunderstone
2017 Thunderstone

Price: $45
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $33.75
Case Club: $36
Connoisseur's Club: $38.25

92pts - "It's stunning! Bravo, I want more!" - Robert Parker/ Wine Advocate
91pts - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Savory black fruit, tobacco, leafy green herbs and a meaty undertone. 

Tasting notes

Savory black fruit, tobacco, leafy green herbs and a meaty undertone. Swirling gives this a mouthwatering umami quality to the muddled black fruits. Round and ethereal with a weightless quality. It's pithy and persistent with a tapenade-inflected finish. 

Production notes

Made from a 0.8 acre section of our Scarline Syrah block planted with Joseph Phelps Clone. Fermented with 80% whole clusters and aged initially in standard Burgundy sized barrels(228L). After 10 months the wine was blended and then transferred into 500L barrels to slow the wine down and hold onto more primary fruit. The wine is typically stirred for the last 6 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

This wine is produced Vegan. 

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardScarline Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging22 months in 30% new French oak 228L and 500L’s
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced208

91pts - Wine Enthusiast

91pts - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous 

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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