Ripe currants, plums, cassis and dried fig. Swirling brings up fresher black fruits like blackberries and black currants, with a hint of dried herbs and spice. The palate is dense and polished with youthful tannins and an energetic vibrancy. It finishes a touch savory with notes of black tea and garrigue.
Food Pairings: Steaks or pork with dried herbs, meat with sweet-spicy bbq sauces, spiced dishes such as cumin-hamburgers or jambalaya
Winery: Gård Vintners
Owner: The Lawrence Family
Location: Royal City, WA
Gård, meaning “farm” in many of the Scandinavian languages, is a tribute to our family’s Scandinavian heritage and farming tradition.
Gård Vintners is a family-owned and operated winery that seeks to capture the quality of their estate vineyard in the glass. The Lawrence family, founders of Gård Vintners, has been farming the Royal Slope, near Royal City, Wash., in Washington’s Columbia Valley for over 45 years. Brothers Hervey “Sandy” Lawrence and John Lawrence, along with John’s son Josh Lawrence, were proud to launch Gård Vintners, a product of Lawrence Cellars, in 2006.
We take as much care in growing the grapes as we do in producing the wine, and we hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it.
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FedEx Ground: Thursday, March 22nd - Monday, March 26th
@MSUMike@neerak Just bought a case. I was going to horde but hey - I’ll give up 2 - 3 to @MSUMike. Let me know if you’re in. Getting warmer here so hopefully it won’t be like the first two we went in on.
@dgfait@jml326@scott0210 Doesn’t it seem like there are often wires crossed in Clark’s emails, in reference to sale dates/times? The good news is, eventually the wine shows up for sale. Something to look forward to!
@MSUMike The launch party wasn’t the best environment to objectively taste and write notes.
At best it was a quick assessment of style and like/dislike; and yes, I’m guilty as charged.
A proper attempt at a report takes hours, at least for me, and sometimes stretches into a second day.
If we had some pics of the event posted, you would likely understand better.
@rjquillin I understand you couldn’t sip on it for hours or re-taste. but even some thoughts would of been nice (IF that’s what they were going for…and why we didn’t see any recent rats) But I don’t hold anyone guilty… I can’t imagine how much awesomeness was going on there.
How is the second day of the time change the absolute worst? Whoof. Hi everyone, Alison, Gård’s marketing/wine club manager here with lots of coffee until it’s acceptable to drink wine.
Today we’re offering one of our most popular blends, the Don Isidro. There’s a great story behind this wine, but basically it’s a nod to our vineyard manager who is highly acclaimed as the “Don” to those who work for him, a sign of respect in the Spanish culture. Isidro manages our estate vineyards, apple orchards and cherries blocks and is very proud of the harvest of which him and crew produce. Please let me know if you have any questions, I’ll happily crawl out from under the Monday rock to help out.
@gardvintners Does the Don Isidro blend stay about the same year to year? One of my favorite moderately price blends was the Gilbert Winery Left Bank. No Syrah in that one. Are they anywhere near you all?
@scott0210 Yes, for the most part it’s been a Cab/Syrah blend with a touch of Merlot, it all depends on the blending and vineyard output. Gilbert is located in Yakima which is about 60 miles southwest as the crow flies, it’s a different growing region but relatively the same area of the state as us.
Of course, thanks for asking. Yes, we have about 325 producing acres and use between 15-20% for our estate label, Gård, and sell the rest. We have large contracts with Chateau Ste. Michelle, and Matthews and Tenor both use Lawrence Vineyards grapes for their production along with several other wineries in the state.
Located on the Royal Slope: Stillwater Creek (on Frenchman Hills), StoneRidge (vineyard source the Charles Smith Royal City Syrah), and a few newer vineyards located on the west side closer to the Columbia River. Here’s a great recent article about the vineyard and the operation in 425 magazine: https://425magazine.com/knights-royal-slope/
Nope! you leave the cap on the floor and your kid steps on it and slices his/her foot open then off to the ER room (those edges are sharp!), or your stupid dog decides to eat one and your off to the vet! They also never disintegrate so bad for the environment. Nope screw caps are good for nothing
@jmruru the biggest benefit - that no-one has mentioned - is the lack of TCA contamination. Corked wine only exists if you use cork.
I’m going to see if I can track down (again) the citation for the 10-yr longitudinal study of corks vs. stelvin.
@jml326@jmruru Some screw top cap liners are designed to allow some micro-oxygenation. Do a web search-- there are many articles on micro-oxygenation that mention screw tops, and some mention the ones designed this way.
@Boatman72@Winedavid49 I remember tasting this against another wine as an example of differences in the characteristics of tannins of OR/WA cabs(even though this was a blend) versus CA cab, but that’s about it. So I guess that’s what I remember: it apparently showcased its distinctiveness well enough to be used as a teaching tool.
@Boatman72 Here’s what we know (because the winemaker’s notes have already been listed) . . .
Spectator: 89 points, “A gutsy little blend, with plump, zesty fruit, offering notes of blackberry, black olive and espresso. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec. Drink now through 2025.”
Enthusiast: 89 points, “This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (47%), Syrah (28%), Merlot (18%) and Malbec. Aromas of vanilla bean, cherry, plum and spice are followed by ripe smooth fruit flavors.”
To us, we describe it as an approachable wine that offers a blend of red varieties that show the character of our growing region. Balance on the barrel regime with concrete (personally, I love) and French oak to give it personality but American oak to make sure it’s a likeable one.
From personal experience, I find myself opening this more often than any other wine we produce. 1. screw cap 2. it’s versatile, easy to drink with lighter foods but has enough gumption to pair with a marbled steak or heavily seasoned dish. 3. the price, it’s our lowest price red but still retains high quality that we strive for in every bottle we produce.
In short (which this wasn’t), it’s an insane deal for the vintage and wine, I vote buy and buy lots!
I kindof want this, and I figure if I get it it has to be the case. Is it actually a good deal (compared to wines on sale in a liquor store)? Also, anyone know if it’s sweet at all? I really only like dry reds.
edit: I’m about to look up reviews as well, but if anyone here has experience with it I’d love to hear.
edit2: I can’t find any detailed reviews. Probably going to have to pass after all. I wish there were labrats.
@Seeds I mean, no one is going to confuse this for a sweet wine, but I guess it depends on what you mean by dry. I wouldn’t say it was excessively tannic, but no one would call the tannins particular wimpy or mellow.
My friends from Walla Walla run their W2 tasting room. They said it’s a great blend and one of their favorites. My other friends in the industry there said this blows away any deal they can get the wine for… I’m in for a case!
@gardvintners definitely not on the fence. Bought a case to split with someone bringing it back to China for some WA wine fans. Used to make wine in W2 before moving to Napa. Hoping to get back up there to check out the new TR, try wines and see Cynthia and Rich again soon!
Had a few bottles since it arrived. I’m very sad we didn’t buy more cases. This was a great purchase, especially for the price. Please bring this back again. It will be an instant 3 case purchase if it rolls back around.
Picked up the case at Fedex Monday night. Not thrilled with the three week turnaround time. Opened a bottle with dinner, Cuban black beans and rice with ham. Was a little tight on the pour. Opened up nicely after thirty minutes in the glass. Dark fruits, plums, vanilla and spice on the nose. Will try this bottle again tonight and post the notes. A solid $15-$20 bottle of wine for under $10. (This is known as Kewpie-R.)