This mystery collection of 2019 reds from Gård Vintners highlights some of the best of the 2019 vintage, all estate grown sustainably in one of the nation’s newer AVAs - Royal Slope AVA in Washington state nestled halfway between Seattle and Spokane in eastern Washington. Many of the wines have received 90+ scores.
2019 was a warm year on the Royal Slope, with a beautiful growing season without any major hiccups (always a gift since Gård is not only an estate winery, but a grower as Lawrence Vineyards for many other wineries, as well as a farmer of many other crops). Harvest was ahead of schedule with fruit ripening early, which proved to be a big benefit when the region was hit with an early frost on October 11, 2019. Being ahead of schedule meant that most of the grapes were already harvested or ready to be when the frost hit.
The 6-pack features six different red wines from the Gård portfolio, a mix of three Rhone varietals and Rhone blends, and three Bordeaux varietals, also, with two of the six parts of our reserve-level series. The 12-pack doubles up on the deliciousness of each of the wines offered in the 6-pack.
Being 100% estate grown on our farm at Lawrence Vineyards, Gård wines are a labor of love from the soil to the glass for owners and husband-wife duo Josh and Lisa Lawrence. Gård means “farm” in Norwegian, inspired by the couple’s heritage and farming tradition.) The Lawrence estate vineyards are located on the farm that the family has operated for nearly 60 years in the relatively young farming region noted for its ability to grow world-class apples, cherries, potatoes, and onions, and now wine grapes in the newly minted Royal Slope AVA.
Gård, meaning “farm” in many of the Scandinavian languages, is a tribute to our family’s Scandinavian heritage and farming tradition.
Our mission at Gård is to capture and bottle the unique characteristics of the land we farm. We humbly craft value-driven, award-winning wines from our sustainable estate vineyards to create lasting memories for our customers. Gård Vintners is dedicated to crafting world-class wines from its sustainably-farmed estate vineyard on the Royal Slope of Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA. We produce 6,000 cases a year for our wine club, three tasting rooms, and select distribution in the northwest and across the country.
Founded in 2006, Gård Vintners is a family-owned and operated estate winery in the heart of Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA, with vineyards on the Royal Slope, wine production in Walla Walla, and tasting rooms in Woodinville, Walla Walla, and Ellensburg.
The winery was founded by Josh and Lisa Lawrence, along with Josh’s dad John Lawrence, and uncle Sandy Lawrence, who had farmed the Royal Slope for more than 40 years. The winery and estate vineyard is now owned and operated by Josh and his wife, Lisa, who oversees sales and marketing, while Josh oversees the vineyard and other farm and orchard operations.
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@jrbw3@KNmeh7@ttboy23 I’ve purchased and loved several cases of Gard. I wasn’t referring to this mystery as a let down, just money saving because they won’t ship to MI this time around. It was the last mystery deal I bought that I remember to be very disappointing (Imported Wines Mystery Offer).
@cathyk39@foxrunner@hscottk the imported mystery was a letdown BUT I do remember the mystery Wellington cases of yore being awesome. Couple that with all the Gard offerings I’ve had being super solid, going for a case was an easy decision.
@Drez143 As someone who is not purchasing, for financial reasons. Gard is, in my opinion, one of the best high-class offerings.
I don’t want to compare the wines to Ty Caton… although, many varietals can. I was introduced by Don Isidro blend, it drank WILDLY above the price offered, and honestly, MSRP–which none of us here ever pay. That get’s you into their other stuff.
That happened to me with Ty’s field blend. It drank way above and it creates a following.
If $$ were different, I would absolutely be in. And, even though it sounds like the 12 pack will be 2x of 6 (disappointing) splits aren’t usually a thing with mystery cases.
I would bet all my labrat reviews (wait, is that currency?) that at 15 a bottle for a case, this will be absolutely stellar. FWIW.
We “accidentally” had lunch at their pub in Royal City, WA this summer. We were staying nearby at Wanapum State Park and decided to check it out for lunch, not realizing it was THAT Gard. Great lunch, great wine, got a bottle.
Popped a prior Gard Casemates offer this morning…for you! 2016 Gard Syrah, Grand Klasse Reserve, Lawrence Vineyard.
Tasted a little…great nose, but thin, little fruit. Decanted 'til mid-afternoon after pouring into another bottle and back. Very good now. If this is representative of what’s in the Mystery Case, it’s a definite buy.
@pupator I got one of those disappointing mystery cases, but the next mystery case well made up for it (and I figure that WD doesn’t want to make another mistake like the disappointing cases). Plus, this one is Gard.
@rjquillin@rpstrong Same mystery case here. No complaints, opened the Kvasjr tonight and it was excellent. We are a big fan of Gard, Lawrence vineyards and Royal Slope AVA, so this worked out great for $15/btl. The QPR is actually pretty crazy.
@forlich When I get those, auto email from CM or WCC shipping, I’ll enter the tracking number into a 3rd party app and/or the shipper’s site and get updates. https://www.packagetrackr.com/
seems to work reasonably well and sends email updates and has links to the carrier for reference as well.
There seem to be a fair number of different mixes. Mine were all 2019 Lawrence Estate, Royal Slope. 2 each of:
Syrah, Grand Klasse
Red, Solaksen Vineyard
Cab, Grand Klasse
Interestingly, not all of these are available on the Gård website. One or more (I forget) have been replaced by new releases.