2019 Rosé Grand Klasse Reserve

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2019 Rosé Grand Klasse Reserve
2019 Rosé Grand Klasse Reserve

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

90+pts - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Stainless Steel Grenache Rosé qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

Tasting notes
Lychee, rose water, watermelon, white peach and underripe strawberry mixed with 
a hint of mint. Swirling adds a chalky note and pithy stone fruit. The palate has good 
polish and energy with a lingering chalky minerality. Just enough fruit sweetness to 
add texture to the bright acidity and extend the finish. An extremely classy wine for 
serious rosé drinkers. 
Production notes
Made from two clones of Grenache, Tablas Creek and Clone 3. Picked in three pieces 
and macerated for 15-24 hours. This year all three parts came in from the Corfu 
Crossing vineyard even though the picks were separated by just over a week. A 
portion of the barrel fermented Winemaker Select Rosé was included to add some 
fruit sweetness and depth.
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.

Varietal Composition100% Grenache
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardLawrence Vineyards
DesignationGrand Klasse Reserve
Aging8 months in 88% stainless steel and 12% French oak 500L
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced550

91pts - Washington Wine Blog

The 2018 ‘Grand Klasse’ Rose is a blend of Lawrence Vineyard Grenache with just a hint of Mourvedre. On the nose this silky wine takes on bright red fruit and citrus rind tones with light stony character that build in the glass. The texture imparted is every bit outstanding, as is the delicate red fruit flavors leading to the long, creamy and mineral-driven finish. Drink 2019-2023.

90+pts - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

88pts - Wine Enthusiast

Gård Vintners is 100% estate grown sustainably at Lawrence Vineyards, in the Royal Slope AVA. Featuring 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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