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2017 The Don

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2017 The Don
2017 The Don

Price: $24
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $18
Case Club: $19.20
Connoisseur's Club: $20.40

NEW RELEASE

77% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Syrah  6% Cabernet Franc  2% Merlot 2% Malbec

Don Isidro, pronouced ee-SEE-droh, is named for our vineyard manager, Isidro Mondragon, and has been in production since 2007 as a one-of-a-kind Gård favorite.

 
Production notes

Fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel and aged in 225L barrels until blending in the early summer. After blending half of the volume goes back to 225L barrels and the other half went into a 70HL round for volume storage. Barrel notes are calmed down and primary fruit is increased on the portion in large cooperage. With the movement into a combination of traditional and large format wood its hard to get a exact amount of new but I’d put it effectively in the 20-25% range. A blend was then made after an additional year in barrel before being bottled.

This wine is produced Vegan.

Vintage2017
Varietal Composition77% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Syrah 6% Cabernet Franc 2% Merlot 2%
Malbec
AppellationRoyal Slope AVA
VineyardScarline, Solaksen, Laura Lee & Corfu Crossing Vineyards
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
PH3.72
Aging24 months in French & American Oak
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced1500
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington

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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