Updated: May 12
We are particularly excited for this release because we are introducing two wines that are new to our portfolio and can't wait to share them. Many of these are wine club exclusives (designated as "WCE" below) and we are excited to offer these limited production wines to our members.
These new wines are now available at all locations and gardwine.com. Club members: Pick up your spring club allocations and complimentary nibbles at each of our locations on Saturday, May 13. Not yet a member? Join the club “family”!
NEW to Gård Portfolio
2021 Gård Muscadelle (91 pts, WCE)
Have you ever tasted a 100% Muscadelle from WA!?! Now you can! This “hedonistic, unique wine” from Conner Lee vineyard is brand new to our portfolio and releases this weekend.
New to Muscadelle?
Muscadelle is a white grape variety typically used as a blending component in white Bordeaux wines, which are predominately Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon. It is normally a sweeter wine, but Winemaker Matías Kúsulas made ours dry and deliciously unusual – and had so much fun doing so! We like to push the envelope around here.
More on the wine...
Grapefruit, sweet lime, candied ginger, apricot and honeysuckle on the nose. Medium bodied, dry, but with remarkable sweetness, volume, and buttery texture. Hedonistic. Unique.
91 pts (Jeremy Young, International Wine Report)
100% Muscadelle – Conner Lee Vineyard
65 cases produced
Pairing suggestions: Mussels, scallops, pan-roasted chicken, Brie
2020 Tempranillo (WCE)
New to Tempranillo?
Tempranillo is a red grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Its name comes from the Spanish temprano, a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes.
Black currant, wild strawberry, and tobacco leaves. The 2020 Tempranillo shows a great combination of sweet and savory on the nose. Swirling brings dark fruit, spice, and coffee. The mouthfeel is juicy, yet structured, with flavors of cherry, ripe dark fruit, menthol, herbs, and oak spice. There is some nice tension and freshness in the mid-palate. The wine shows great structure and fully developed tannins, with beautiful sweetness and acidity. A remarkable Tempranillo that you can drink now or in the next 10 years.
100% Tempranillo - Stoneridge Vineyard
98 cases produced
Pairings: Lasagna, pizza, BBQ grilled meats, Spanish cuisine
New Spring Release Vintages
Ripe pineapple, yellow apple, starfruit, wet stones, and vanilla, the wine shows a classic aromatic spectrum. Swirling brings marmalade, butterscotch, oak spice, and shortcake. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is soft, with great texture and pleasant acidity. Tropical and oak flavors dominate the mid palate, with notes of caramelized bananas and baking spices. On the richer side, this elegant wine showcases a very balanced acidity and a nice finish with the perfect amount of sweetness. Enjoy now or in the next 6 years.
Pairings: Crab cakes, halibut, chicken, Alfredo pastas, Brie
2021 Albariño (WCE, 92 pts)
Lemon oil, ripe nectarine, tangerine peel, and oak spice. The wine is rich, but also very fresh on the nose. Swirling brings ripe cantaloupe, orange blossom, caramelized peach, wet stones, and hints of rosemary and baking spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with remarkable texture and pronounced acidity. Flavors of ripe stone fruit and fresh tropical fruits dominate the mid-palate, but there is also phenomenal tension stretching the wine from more forward to a fresher style. Extremely layered, this barrel-fermented wine finishes long, with great acidity and a saline touch, balanced with the perfect sweetness. Drink now or in the next 8 years.
92 pts, (Jeremy Young, International Wine Report)
Pairings: Lighter meats, seafood, tapas, burrata, Manchego
Red plums, blackberry, violets, and cocoa powder. The wine begins fresh and floral on the nose. Swirling brings raspberry confiture, red licorice, sweet tobacco, and oak spice. The mouthfeel is juicy and fresh, with well-integrated oak and soft tannins. With some time, violets, plums, and dried herbs take over the aromatic profile. Extremely rounded and well-balanced, the acid presentation is outstanding. An intrinsic sweetness makes the wine almost crunchy. This beautiful Malbec finishes long, with the perfect grip and a floral and blue fruit aftertaste. Drink now or in the next 8 years.
248 cases produced
Pairings: Roasted pork, leaner red meat, mushroom dishes, gamey meats, blue cheese, Gouda
2020 Thunderstone (WCE)
Blackberry purée, bacon fat, clove, and black licorice. The 2020 Thunderstone starts bold and savory on the nose. The wine opens to black currant, cherry jam, dark chocolate, tobacco, and hints of black pepper and vanilla. The mouthfeel is broad and full bodied, with black fruit, leather, sage, and oak spice flavors. The tannins here are fine, almost powdery, and the oak presentation is very well integrated. There’s a unique savoriness typical of this wine, but also a sweetness and juiciness from the mid palate, and throughout its finish. The more you
swirl, the more the fruit comes up, and the savory notes tone down. A beautiful Syrah that you can drink now or in the next 12 years.
158 cases produced
Pairings: Lamb, ethnic meat dishes such as carnitas or Korean meatballs, charcuterie, Gouda and Edam cheeses
Black cherry, black currant, cedar, and cigar box. The wine is ripe and intense on the nose, with some savory notes to round it up. Swirling brings figs, prunes, baking spice, and pencil shavings. The mouthfeel is broad and very forward, with sweetness and remarkable structure. Lots of ripe dark and red fruit are mixed with oak and baking spices and a light touch of pyrazines. The oak presentation is fantastic, and the mid-palate shows purity and a creamy texture. Tannins are very fine but certainly present, and the acidity is outstanding. Decanting recommended. A very young Cabernet Sauvignon that you can enjoy now or in the next 15 to 20 years.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
55 cases produced
Pairings: Red meat such as a Ribeye or New York steak, sharp cheddar, aged gruyère