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Guardian Cellars

Guardian Cellars

Police officer Jerry Riener and wife Jennifer Sullivan own Guardian Cellars, a winery named after his career as a Seattle narcotics officer. When he's not dealing with a nearly naked woman in a hotel lobby or staking out a drug bust, he's driving a forklift, topping off barrels, and making beautiful wines.

Jerry's interest in winemaking started when he volunteered to help make wine at Mark Ryan in Woodinville, Washington. Owner and winemaker Mark McNeely, a guy with killer winemaking skills but not so much with the office work, hired Jerry to help out with the books. In return, Jerry got to make a few barrels of his own wine. Jerry named his label "Guardian" in honor of his day job, and produced an amazing couple of vintages of a very big red called Gun Metal, a hefty blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The Gun Metal is a massive wine, aged for at least a year more than most wines of its type. It appeals to those who enjoy the biggest, heartiest possible red wine.


Guardian Cellars Gun Metal Red 2012

One thing we’ve always loved about Gun Metal is its approachability; it is typically in full stride when released. This th...



$44.95 Regular

Guardian Cellars Chalk Line Red 2012

91 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and vibrant, with dense, ripe cherry and currant flavors, blanketed by crinkly tannins. ...



$24.95 Regular

Guardian Cellars Angel Sauvignon Blanc 2012

2012 vintage has scent and flavors of lemon zest, grapefruit, crisp yellow apple, chamomile and a hint of dried hay. 100%...



$21.95 Regular

Guardian Cellars The Rookie 2009

This 100% Red Mountain Cabernet features a nose of savory herbs, loamy earth, tarry roasted meats, beef jerky and black pe...



$43.95 Regular

Guardian Cellars The Alibi 2011

2008 Wine Advocate - 91 points - The 2008 The Alibi is a three vineyard blend from the Red Mountain AVA ...



$41.95 Regular

Guardian Cellars The Informant Syrah 2011

2008 Wine Advocate - 90 points - The 2008 Syrah Stillwater Creek Vineyard, aromas of smoke, meat, spice ...



$33.95 Regular

Guardian Cellars The Wanted 2013

2008 Wine Advocate - 91 points - The 2008 The Wanted is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Cabern...



$40.95 Regular

More About Guardian Cellars

Guardian Cellars owner Jerry Reiner

Over the last five years, as Guardian Cellars gained followers, Jerry expanded his production and in 2011 moved into his own winery space in the building that houses Mark Ryan. Jerry still has his day job. He recently left undercover work with a Narcotics Unit for a new job in law enforcement - and he's back to wearing a police uniform. Since he names his wines to reference his work (Gun Metal, Chalk Line, The Wanted, etc.) might his next wine be "Copper Cabernet" or perhaps "Smokey Syrah?

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