2017 Riesling Grand Klasse Reserve

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2017 Riesling Grand Klasse Reserve
2017 Riesling 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% Riesling qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

89+pts -  Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Alsatian style with riper fruit, barrel aging and time on the lees, delivering a fresh and vibrant wine with stylish barrel use.

Tasting notes

A gorgeous  nose of crème brulee, lemon curd, white flowers and chamomile. Swirling brings up lychee, white peach, spun sugar and lemon drop. The palate is sleek and glassy, with pithy stone fruit, white tea and a hint of sweet pie-crust. The length is remarkable and the precision of flavors and texture is mesmerizing. - Aryn Morell

Production notes

Fermented and aged in a new Stockinger(from Austria) thick stave(45mm vs 27-30mm) 600L for 25 months before being sterile filtered for bottling. A long and warm year led us to have exceptional acidity and ripeness with this wine coming in with a pH at 3.0. Normally kept nearly dry we stopped this wine with ...g of residual sugar. The move to the bigger barrel and thicker staves slowed down the maturation allowing us to slowly coax more complexity and length out of this wine which was all acid in its youth. The beauty is this should age for a stunningly long time and I look forward to seeing its evolution in bottle.

This wine is produced Vegan

Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardCorfu Crossing Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Sugar2 g/L
Aging25 months in a new Stockinger thick stave 600L
Wine StyleAlsatian style
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced47

89+pts -  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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