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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 thing hits right out of the gate with impressive intensity and heady aromas of ripe blueberries and mocha. Dense, suave, and sweet black fruit carries through a cool note of licorice, clove, and creamy oak. The tannins help the whole wine persist and and echo, from smell to taste and back. The prime rib we had for lunch paired perfectly. - Andy
2010 notes: Guardian's first wine, and its flagship. This is always among my favorite Washington wines and I highly recommend the 2010. It is drinking better than many of its peers, owing to greater time in barrel and bottle. - Marcus
From the winery: Our 2010 Gun Metal is dark and lush. Hailing from Conner Lee Vineyard, in Columbia Valley, this vintage is comprised of 55% Cabernet, 31% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged 20 months on 80% new French oak. While maintaining the traditional Gun Metal peppery roasted meat note, (think pastrami or beef jerky) this most recent vintage exudes black currant, fresh blackberries and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Get ready for tarragon, lavender and rosemary on the nose. This wine boasts an elegant, lifted, finish. Gun Metal is priced at $39 – 450 cases produced.
Guardian Cellars Gun Metal 2009 vintage is dark, rich, savory and, dare we say, meaty! Always hailing from Conner Lee Vineyard, this year's blend is comprised of 60% Cabernet, 36% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
You'll be greeted by blackberries, black cherry, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted meat on the nose. No wimpy mouth feel here! This vintage of Gun Metal is full of oaky elegance – it's beautifully integrated and full of structured tannins. This vintage spend 21 months on 80% new French oak and a year in bottle when released.
Only 425 cases produced.
7-11-2012 - 2009 vintage
Guardian Cellars Gun Metal Red - Wine Spectator 93 points: Elegant and beautifully focused, glowing with black currant and blackberry favors that show hints of black olive and licorice, persisting seamlessly with deft balance into the long, expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2021. - H.S.
2008 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2008 Gun Metal Conner Lee Vineyard is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. Enticing scents of herbs, spices, and black fruits are followed by a rich, concentrated, impeccably balanced blend that is likely to evolve for 2-3 years. It will provide peak drinking from 2013 to 2023. - Jay Miller
Wine Spectator 93 points - Elegant and beautifully focused, glowing with black currant and blackberry favors that show hints of black olive and licorice, persisting seamlessly with deft balance into the long, expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2021. - H.S.
Guardian Cellars Gun Metal is a huge red filled with black cherry, marionberry and plum. A hefty blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine pairs well with food and is delicious on its own. This vintage of Gun Metal was aged 20 months in 70% new French Oak.
An Avalon Wine Club Selection - 15% off for Wine Club Members
"Our Guardian Cellars Gun Metal is simply gorgeous. Our beloved Bordeaux blend from Connor Lee Vineyard is comprised of 50% Cabernet, 33% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc. It was a stellar year in the vineyards, and this vintage of Gun Metal will blow you away (you saw that one coming- come on). The wine was aged for 22 months in new French oak and spent over 14 months in bottle before release, creating a lush, rich, and balanced end result. Featured notes of blackberry and boysenberry, with hints of cocoa and violet. The tannins are silky and elegant, with brambly fruit and hints of tasty vanilla on the palate." - the winery 300 cases produced.
2006 Vintage Tasting Notes
A knockout featuring notes of black cherry, raspberry and plum. We used 48% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 11% Malbec in this vintage. The slight bit of Malbec is new for the 2006 and it lends to an aroma of spice, black tea and soy sauce (strange, but true). Gun Metal is comprised entirely of fruit from Conner Lee Vineyard. The wine spent 22 months in 80% new French oak and 13 months in bottle at release. - the winery
2004 Vintage Tasting Notes
Wow! The 2004 Guardian Cellars Gun Metal Red has an intense nose, redolent of cedar, black cherry, persimmon, and red currant introduces this big Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Flavors of black cherry and black currant mingle with a unique jammy note of marionberry and plum. Silky tannins flavored with white pepper and cedar finish the wine. Aged for 30 months in 60% new oak, the lengthy time in barrel shows in the complexity and smooth finish. 58 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 percent Merlot and 12 percent Cabernet Franc, all sourced from Conner Lee Vineyard.
2003 Vintage Tasting Notes
Opaque wine, huge bouquet of alpine strawberries (!!), toasted espresso, mocha/cocoa, cinnamon, smoke, and licorice, yet a bit more sophisticated and polished than the other red blends from this highly regarded "garagiste". Flavors are of black cherries, blackberries, black currant, coffee, licorice, and herbs. A solidly structured wine with a mouth-filling, lengthy finish. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc from Conner Lee Vineyard
A Gun Metal Red was a September 2005 Avalon Wine Big Reds Club Selection, this wine was a hit with Club Members. Sold out, info here for reference only. Sorry.
Seattle Times said: "Also in his fourth vintage, winemaker Mark Ryan McNeilly has added two new red blends to his lineup. The 2003 Gun Metal Red is lush but not jammy, showing classic herbal-cabernet notes along with bacon and smoke, cedar and plum. There is also a wonderful new 2003 Bad Lands Red blended from Red Mountain syrah and petit verdot. The benchmark Long Haul and Dead Horse reds will be released later this fall. These are clearly the best wines yet from an important new winery. Beautiful packaging also." Paul Gregutt, 10-6-05