Guardian Cellars Gun Metal Red 2019

Guardian Cellars Gun Metal Red 2019

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One thing we've always loved about Gun Metal is its approachability; the 2019 is already in full stride. Hitting right out of the gate with impressive intensity and heady aromas of sweet black cherries and mocha, its creamy, suave black fruit carries through a cool note of licorice and cedar as the whole wine persists and echoes, from smell to taste and back.

From Guardian: The return of our flagship wine for its 16th vintage! This blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot features notes of plum, black cherry, ripe fig, vanilla bean and brewed coffee. Spending 22 months on 66% new French oak lends to hints of salted caramel, butterscotch and cedar on the palate. This gorgeous wine is ripe, round and balanced. As always, we are sourcing Gun Metal from Connor Lee Vineyard in Columbia Valley.

2016 vintage notes

93 points Wine Spectator: "Expressive and sleekly multilayered, with vibrant blackberry, espresso and tea flavors that take on richness toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot."

One thing we’ve always loved about Gun Metal is its approachability; it is typically in full stride when released. This thing hits right out of the gate with impressive intensity and heady aromas of sweet black cherries and mocha. Creamy, suave black fruit carries through a cool note of licorice and cedar as the whole wine persists and echos, from smell to taste and back. 

A cop and a reporter meet, fall in love, and start a winery...When Jerry (Riener, cop) met Jennifer (Sullivan, reporter) he was known around the Woodinville wine scene as the chemist, turned cop, who was almost always around to help with wine work. Jerry had been volunteering 40-plus hours a week at several wineries, including Mark Ryan, Matthews, and Baer, assisting friends with harvest or in the tasting room. When Jerry and Jennifer opened the Guardian tasting room in November 2007, all 350 cases – a mix of Gun Metal, Syrah and Cabernet, were gone by the end of the day. When the 2005 vintage was released months later, it was gone within a few days. For harvest 2018, the Guardian team produced 16 different wines between the two labels, a total of just over 11,000 cases.

For a guy who grew up just outside San Francisco, agriculture played a big role in Jerry’s life. Every summer, Jerry and his three brothers piled into the family station wagon and drove to Kansas and Nebraska where they helped out on their uncles’ farms. So, when given a chance to drive a forklift while volunteering at a winery at the age of 23, Jerry jumped at the chance. It couldn’t be all that different from a tractor, could it? Jerry, a graduate of the University of Washington (a degree in organic chemistry) and a graduate of the police academy, soon began helping out at a number of Woodinville wineries. After about four years of volunteering, Jerry decided to start Guardian Cellars with one Bordeaux-style blend, a Cabernet and a Syrah. Though still a cop, Jerry remains lead winemaker.

Jerry still loves tractors

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