2019 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

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2019 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve
2019 Roussanne Grand Klasse Reserve

100% Roussanne

90pts -  Jeb Dunnuck

Peach pit, dried apricot, chamomile, acacia flowers and marcona almond paste.

Tasting notes

Peach pit, dried apricot, chamomile, acacia flowers and marcona almond paste. Swirling brings up stone fruits, a hint of citrus and a caramel note reminiscent of bananas Foster. The palate is polished and silky, with spun sugar and a pithy citrus crème finish. A perfect example of the incredible elegance and texture of Roussanne.

Production notes

Aged again in a new 600L Stockinger barrel from Austria. As eastern European oak tends to lean towards spicier aromatics and palate influence, we thought it would add some layers of complexity to the Roussanne and would help keep some tension in the wine through the barrels tannin and combination of stave thickness/cooperage size. We rolled the wine to incorporate the lees as we do with many other wines but with Roussanne its especially important as its tendency to oxidize is quite high. This wine was bottled without fining and only a light filtration to improve clarity.

Other notes

As with the previous vintage, this wine was aged in a new 600L Stockinger barrel from Austria, as eastern European oak tends to lean towards spicier aromatics and palate influence, it adds layers of complexity to the Roussanne and tension to the wine through the barrel tannin and combination of stave thickness and cooperage size. We rolled the wine to incorporate the less, as we do with many other wines, but with the Roussanne it is especially important as its tendency to oxidize is quite high. This wine was bottled unfined with light filtration to improve clarity. The nose is rich with peach pit, dried apricot, chamomile, acacia flowers and marcona almond paste, while the palate is polished and silky, with spun sugar and a pithy citrus crème finish. An excellent example of the incredible elegance and texture of Roussanne.

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.

Vintage2019
VarietalRoussanne
Varietal Composition100% Roussanne
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardColumbia Valley – Lawrence Corfu Crossing Vineyard
DesignationGrand Klasse Reserve
Acid7.0 g/L
PH3.65
Aging15 months in 100% new Stockinger 600L.
Residual Sugar<0.6g/L
Alcohol14.30%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced55

90pts -  Jeb Dunnuck

All Gård wines are the product of Lawrence Vineyards designated by the Columbia Valley AVA in Royal City, Washington.

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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