2017 Malbec

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2017 Malbec
2017 Malbec

Price: $40/bottle
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $30
Case Club: $32
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90pts - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

100% Malbec

Production notes

A warm to hot vintage so having access to different fermentation vessels to control the tannin extraction was crucial. Fermented in 68% concrete tanks and 32% stainless steel and blended after 10 months. A blend of two sites, 68% from the Scarline Vineyard and 32% from Solaksen. Solaksen is adding a lot of primary dense black fruit while Scarline is more aromatically perfumed with sultry texture. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

This wine is produced Vegan.

Other notes


Pairings: Roasted pork, leaner cuts of red meat (sirloin or skirt steak), mushroom dishes, gamey/earthy meat cuts;  Cheese: Blue cheese, gouda

Varietal Composition100% Malbec
AppellationRoyal Slope AVA
VineyardScarline & Solaksen Vineyards
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging50% New French Oak
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced140

90pts - 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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