2019 Chardonnay

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2019 Chardonnay
2019 Chardonnay

100% Chardonnay

Citrus crème, raw honey, brioche and a hint of golden delicious apple.

Tasting notes

A nose of citrus crème, raw honey, brioche and a hint of golden delicious apple. The palate is polished and bright with citrus crème and sleek textures leading you to a caramel inflected finish. This is perfect for food and has a touch more weight than you’d expect based on the aromatic presentation.

Production notes

Picked at night to maintain freshness, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and settled in tank for 48 hours before going to barrel for primary fermentation. All barrels completed malo-lactic fermentation and were stirred occassionally during the aging. A blend of three vineyards with Conner Lee from Columbia Valley making up 43% of the blend and La Reyna and Solaksen on the Royal Slope making up the balance.

Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardLawrence La Reyna Blanca Vineyard, Lawrence Solaksen Vineyard, Columbia Valley - Conner Lee Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging21 months in a mixture of 228L and 500L French oak barrels
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced265

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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