2017 Pinot Gris Grand Klasse Reserve

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2017 Pinot Gris Grand Klasse Reserve
2017 Pinot Gris Grand Klasse Reserve

Price: $28/bottle
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $21
Case Club: $22.40
Connoisseur's Club: $23.80

Barrel select release of 100% Pinot Gris qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

Alsatian style Pinot Gris with riper fruit, barrel aging and time on the lees. Caramelized pear, lychee, honeycomb and chamomile.

Tasting notes
Its like smelling a ripe pear that has been wrapped in spun sugar, with hints of white
blossoms and crushed granite(yes I’ve been in Leavenworth on the river smashing granite rocks together...) making it hard to stop wanting to smell for more. Swirling 
brings a floral scent reminiscent of a rhododendron about to bloom. The palate has 
volume and polish with a kiss of sweetness and a pithy citrus and peach inflected caramel. A supremely classy wine with tremendous length on the finish.
Production notes

Fermented and aged in a new French oak 500L for 23 months before being sterile filtered for bottling. A long and warm year led us to have exceptional acidity and ripeness with this vintage. Fermenting in barrel gave us the perfect amount of aromatic and palate development while imparting just enough tannin to hold the small amount of residual sugar in check.

This wine is produced Vegan.

Other notes

Inspired by the French Grand Cru wines, Gard “Grand Klasse” is our reserve-level program, aptly named in reflection of our Scandinavian heritage. It represents the top tier of Gård wines, the best of what our estate vineyard has to offer. Award-winning wines produced by winemaker Aryn Morell to showcase the quality of the Lawrence Vineyards estate. To be designated “Grand Klasse,” each wine must meet strict standards of quality and is blended, bottled and aged with the utmost of care to bring you the very best of our grapes and effort in the bottle.

VarietalPinot Gris
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Gris
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardCorfu Crossing Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging23 months in a new French oak 500L
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced53

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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