2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot 

91pts - Vinous/ Owen Bargreen

Dark and concentrated notes of currants, cassis, plum, black cherries with a touch of wood smoke and fig paste.

Tasting notes

Dark and concentrated notes of currants, cassis, plum, black cherries with a touch of wood smoke and fig paste. Swirling adds sweetness and a savory component that makes your mouth water with vanilla bean and black tea. The palate has density and firm but fine tannins with good fruit sweetness through the mid-palate and a long and concentrated finish.

Production notes

Fermented in 47% concrete tanks and blended after 14 months. This wine is beginning to see more consistent use of a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. As the Solaksen vineyard(nearly 50% of this wine now) is maturing the wine is beginning to show volume and texture while displaying more classic dark fruits. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Produced Vegan. 

Varietal Composition86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot
AppellationRoyal Slope AVA
VineyardColumbia Valley – Lawrence Corfu Crossing Vineyard Lawrence Scarline Vineyard Lawrence Laura Lee Vineyard Lawrence Solaksen Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging64% New French oak
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced625
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington

91pts - Vinous/ Owen Bargreen
A really nice value, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers ripe dark currant flavors with chocolate fudge and stony mineral undertones. Medium-bodied with a nice veil of tension, this beautiful wine will cellar well for another eight-plus years." - Owen Bargreen

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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