2017 Winemaker's Select Cabernet

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2017 Winemaker's Select Cabernet
2017 Winemaker's Select Cabernet

Price: $85/bottle
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $63.75
Case Club: $68
Connoisseur's Club: $72.25

92+pts - "I would not be surprised if this beauty merited an even higher score with five or six years of cellaring." -Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Production notes

Still made exclusively from the Scarline Vineyard and a combination of clones 6 and 2. Fermented mostly in stainless steel and then aged in 100% new French oak 300L’s. Élevage was a touch longer due to the tannin content on the 2017 wines allowing us to find a better balance for fruit vs. structure.

This wine is produced Vegan.

Other notes

The "Winemaker Select" series is our winemakers opportunity to use all of our estate vineyards to craft a truly iconic wine. No restrictions are placed on the site, yield, winemaking technique or the barrels used to age these wines. In some cases these wines are barrel fermented, one of the most costly and laborious ways to ferment a wine but one that yields wines with unmatched concentration and refinement. Enjoy what our winemaker thinks is truly the best we have to offer.

Pairings: Grilled meats, peppery sauces; Cheese: Aged cheddar

VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardScarline Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging22 months in 100% new French oak 300L’s
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced65
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington

92+pts - "I would not be surprised if this beauty merited an even higher score with five or six years of cellaring." -Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

89 pts - Robert Parker/ Wine Advocate

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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