Notes of hibiscus, muddled plum and black currants with a floral spice. Ripe and fleshy with mouthwatering energy, beautiful texture with dark fruits and spice lingering all the way through the finish. 2013 was bright and polished but this is ripe, rich and hedonistic.
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
Sourced from Lawrence Vineyards, harvested October 24 2014, Block 11, Malbec Clone 4. Fermented 100% stainless steel and aged 19 months in 54% new French oak. Bottled
May 19, 2016, 323 cases produced.
Gard Vintners is 100% estate grown sustainably at Lawrence Vineyards on the Royal Slope of the Columbia Valley AVA, featuring 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 Gard wines. Lawrence Vineyards is certified sustainable by Vinewise.org.
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.
In 2011 Aryn Morell joined the team as winemaker, and winemaking is now managed at M&L Production in Walla Walla, a partnership between Morell and the Lawrences.
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@gardwine Always good to see the winery check in, even if questions are a bit sparce.
Wondering if you have the RS handy, and could comment on style; more of a drink soon bottling rather than something that might benefit (how much) additional cellar time?
Two weeks ago I pulled your 2009 Gård Vintners Riesling Dry Lawrence Vineyards, purchased on W.W back Sept of '12, to take to a party.
One nice bottle after and solid improvement over my first bottle opened Sept of '14.
@rjquillin Our Malbec is sustainably estate grown on the Royal Slope at one of the highest elevation points in our vineyard (around 1,600 feet, which is relatively high for Washington state). Gard Malbecs showcase a terrific mouthfeel and balance - our winemaker, Aryn Morell, describes the 2014 as “Ripe, rich and hedonistic.” Malbec enthusiasts will enjoy comparing this with great Argentine Malbecs, IMHO. (No RS btw.)
Stephen Tanzer suggests the drinking window is 2019-2024, but we feel this is drinking awesome right now. I’m sure a few years of cellaring wouldn’t hurt though.
Tanzer’s full review barrel tasting before bottling: “90+ Saturated black ruby to the rim. Brooding, primary scents of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet and licorice reminded me of a serious Argentine version. Dense, thick and highly concentrated but brisk as well, showing the thrust of a barrel sample. This very smooth, fine-grained wine displays a lovely balance of dark berry fruit and savory earth tones, complicated by medicinal menthol and licorice notes. Finishes with firm, building tannins, lively acidity and terrific length. Nicely balanced Malbec if quite primary and not ready to drink. This needs a couple years of cellaring.”
Love hearing the 2009 Dry Riesling is continuing to improve - we have been quite happy with the longevity we’re seeing with our Rieslings. Cheers!
@gardwine@rjquillin I’ll be interested to hear the winery’s thoughts on drinking window. When Tanzer reviewed this wine a year ago, he said it needed a couple years. Looking forward to trying it when my case arrives.
Is there a database or an Excel Spreadsheet where one can locate other casemates living in your state and general location for case splits…I have to check the board each time to attempt to find a posible match. Thanks.
I really thought that there would be some sort of database, tool, app or something setup by Casemates to facilitate this process, but instead we are left to our own devices using a discussion forum that is barely adequate. At least they did create the “Whisper” but that too has shortcomings and limitations.
It seems odd that the woot discussion boards and private messages were much more effective and user friendly despite TT’s constant claims that the code was so old the boards could “break” at any time and they had to be very careful making any changes because of it.
So, did discussion forum software technology go backwards over the past 15 years? Or is it just this site?
Hopefully there will be something in the near future and I realize that my post actually covered two separate issues. First being the lack of tools to facilitate sharing and the second being the general functionality and usability of the website.
I also realize that there is no chance that the second issue gets addressed anytime soon, as this is just an additional Meh forum running on the same platform but it would be nice if something were done to help automate the sharing process.