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Praise for Forgeron Cellars

Critics, journalists & oenophiles alike have praised Forgeron Cellars, our wines & our style. From reviews of specific releases with tasting notes to in-depth articles on our winemaking, it's all good reading. Click on a broad category below to view press articles & accolades.

Forgeron Cellars

FullPullWines.com praises Marie-Eve's 2011 GSM & Winemaking Style as a Washington "Tour de France"

"...her burgeoning mastery of the Rhone Valley...Ultimately, much of any winemaker’s success comes down to vineyard sourcing, & Marie-Eve has done well here..."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, August 27, 2014

Impulse Wine Offer & Review - Forgeron & BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnays

"...wines which aspire to be elegant, graceful, and full of character. My favorite of their lineup every year is the Chard, and always has been since first tasting it back in 2008."

Yashar Shayan, ImpulseWine.com, July 29, 2014

WA Wine Report finds Marie-Eve's Wines Display Deft, Feminine Touch

"The latest wines from Marie-Eve...include some fascinating wrinkles, but still displays her deft, feminine touch..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

International Wine Review lauds Marie's wines of "Balance, Elegance, & Refinement"

"Her winemaking is French in orientation aimed at producing wines of balance, elegance & refinement…Among our favorite producers of Chardonnay..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating"Friday's Find"

Forgeron's BlackSmith line a "Real Find" by NW Wine Anthem

"...reliable expressions of some of Washington's greatest vineyards...a real opportunity to offer wines...under $20...give you a real sense of Washington in sum."

Clive Pursehouse, NWWineAnthem.com, August 23 2013

Rating"Very, Very Good"

Forgeron a "Washington Winery to Choose"

"Forgeron Cellarstoo few know about these wines. They are very, very good."

Doug Frost, Kansas City Star, August 10 2013

Forgeron Cellars a "Must-Stop" in downtown WW

"...generous Thursday-Monday open tasting hours..."

Allison Williams, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, September 2013

Rating"Outstanding"

Wine Advocate declares Forgeron Wines "Outstanding"

"...The wines are outstanding across the board & show great textures, integrated acidity..."

The Wine Advocate, June 2013

RatingImpressive

Forgeron Cellars continues to Impress Bellingham Herald

"Forgeron Cellars continues to impress me with its broad range of well-made wines."

Dan Radil, The Bellingham Herald, May 14, 2013

Wines NorthWest deems Marie-Eve's 2011 Chardonnay "Versatile"

"Aromas of crisp apple & pear mingle with notes of orange blossom & earthy mineral."

Chuck Hill, WinesNW.com, March 15 2013

Sean Sullivan pairs 2010 Lt Harvest Riesling with Theo Chocolate for Q13 News

"...For me, the 2010 Forgeron Cellars Late Harvest Riesling ($19, West Seattle Cellars*) - a dessert-style white wine - worked beautifully with the chocolate covered caramels..."

Sean P. Sullivan, WA Wine Report for Q13 Fox News

Washington Wine Report's December 31, 2012 "Fresh Sheet" Focuses on Forgeron

"The current releases from Forgeron Cellars include what winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla says is, "Hands down the best Chardonnay I've made so far." I would agree... Meanwhile Forgeron's 2010 Late Harvest Riesling comes at a quality level seldom seen at this price & is a perfect way to offset the cold months ahead. Stock up."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012

"Hedonista" Reviews Woodinville Tasting Room Grand Opening

Self-proclaimed "Hedonista" Jacqueline Pruner extolls the virtues of Forgeron's food-friendly wines in her Pacific Northwest-centric, online lifestyle blogazine, Heed the Hedonist.

"There's Something About Marie-Eve" says AAA Writer Rob Bhatt

"One of her defining traits is an ability to tame Washington's robust grapes into wines of multi-dimensional character. 'It's a lot about patience & just being willing to listen and cater what we do to what the wine wants to be...' "

Rob Bhatt, AAA Journey, May/June 2012

Washington White Wines & Women Winemakers: Marie-Eve Forges On

"It's much easier to make decisions when you really know where you're supposed to go. So after 10 years, with some really good years & some more challenging years, I think it's nice to be able to look back & to say consistently, we have done very well. "

Zibby Wilder, Seattle Weekly's "Meet Your Maker", March 7, 2012

Full Pull Finds Marie-Eve "First Lady" of French Walla Walla Winemakers

"She seems to be at the peak of her powers, retaining a visceral, infectious passion for the work. And even as the wines have continued to improve, Forgeron's prices have held steady. A few years of that, & they now represent some of the strongest values coming out of Washington."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, March 5 2012

Blogger Ben Simons Finds Forgeron, Walla Walla Steeped in History & Charm

"There is a romance to the image of the skilled artisan blacksmith wielding his hammer to create something that has utility. The name [Forgeron Cellars] was purposely chosen to call attention to the artisanal nature of the winemaking process."

Rating"Really Good Stuff"

Wild 4 Washington Wine discovers Forgeron Cellars' Outstanding Wines

"It was easy to find Forgeron Cellars...we happily agreed to taste their entire line-up of BlackSmith & Forgeron wines. What a treat..."

William Pollard, Jr., Wild 4 Washington Wine, February 2012

Sean P. Sullivan Extolls Virtues of Forgeron's Compelling Wines at a Value

" ...year after year French-born winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla keeps crafting compelling, well-priced wines using fruit from some of Washington's best vineyards."

 Sean P. Sullivan, Walla Walla Valley Report 2011, Part III

Washington Women Winemakers Earn Elite Status, Says Table Talk Radio

"There’s another elite group of winemakers that continually grabs our attention vintage after vintage, & that’s the talented women of Washington wine."

Jamie Peha, Table Talk Radio, January 18 2012

Marie-Eve Weighs In on 2011 Harvest with Bellingham Herald's Dan Radil

"Despite the bizarre weather, the consensus among winemakers seems to be optimistic about this strange yet potentially wonderful vintage...Marie-Eve Gilla says to expect some very Euro-centric wines. 'White wines will likely be especially lush ... with the gentle temperatures allowing for the nuanced flavors to come through.' "

Dan Radil, The Bellingham Herald, January 3, 2012

Consistency, experience & talent define Marie-Eve Gilla's niche in Washington Wine

"Among the most consistent, experienced & talented of this group is one of the nicest people in Washington wine, Marie-Eve Gilla."

Clive Pursehouse, NW Wine Anthem, August 29 2011

'Forgeron Cellars Wines Prove Unforgettable' Says Bellingham Writer

"Her winemaking style...strikes a balance between the classic reserved qualities of France's Burgundy region...& the varied growing regions of more intensely flavored grapes in Eastern Washington..."

Dan Radil, Bellingham Herald, August 2011

Coeur d'Alene Reviewer Extolls Balance, Complexity in Forgeron's Wines

"...wine has that oft-sought, but seldom achieved, balance of flavors & layers."

Sholeh Patrick, Coeur D'Alene Press, August 2011

Vertical Cabernet Tasting with Paul Gregutt Reveals Focus & Consistency

"What shone through was the classic, well-defined, consistent winemaking style, one that allowed for vintage expression & yet kept a tight focus on wines...All the wines were drinking soundly & none were even close to going over the hill."

Paul Gregutt, Unfined & Unfiltered, May 2011

Marie-Eve Gilla's Entrepreneurial, Free Spirit Inspires Writer Rob Bhatt on his Blog

"The words themselves seem to echo the type of sentiments that you might hear from many of the free-spirited entrepreneurs that make up Washington’s wine industry, but Gilla’s native Burgundian accent give them a unique lilt—just one of her distinguishing features..."

Jay Miller Honors Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla with High Praises

"Part-owner/winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla appears to be on top of her game."

Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, November 2009

Honorable Mention from Washington Tasting Room Magazine

Love Boushey Vineyards fruit?? You won't want to miss our 2009 Ambiance, & our 100% Boushey Syrah from 2007!

Kudos from Full Pull Wines

"There is much to love about Forgeron Cellars..."

Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, January 2011

The Oregon Wine Blog: We're on the Air for Washington Wine

"Marie-Eve marries her Old World education in Dijon with the fruit & potential of Washington wine in a way that gives her wine personality, elegance, & in many cases, grace."

 Clive Pursehouse, The Oregon Wine Blog, November 2010 

Women Tasting Wine at Jackalope Grill

Chef Tim made some fabulous pairing dishes for Forgeron's Wines.  We are all very jealous Anne was the only one who got to attend the dinner for Forgeron.

It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere! Definitely @ Forgeron Cellars

"One of our favorite wines from Forgeron Cellars is the 2003 Vinfinity, an elegant, layered wine that is a beauty."

Margaret Sinclair Savell, Write for Wine, April 2010

Judging Wine's age-worthiness a tricky business

"But Washington merlots, which I have long believed are the best in the country on a price-to-quality basis, turn out to be bona fide agers as well. Merlots from...Forgeron...have proven or anticipated life spans of at least a decade, & likely longer."

 Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, August 2010

An Evening with Forgeron Cellars

"Thoughtful, elegant, fantastic, & fabulous, each wine conveys a focused expression of Washington's terroir."

Walla Walla Washington Vineyard Tours

It is titled Vineyard Tours, but the article covers a good amount of any entertainment winery related.

Interview with Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Cellars

Chicago Pinot 2.0 interviews Marie-Eve about marketing & her recent trip to Chicago.

Forgeron Cellars, a Wine Bloggers Conference highlight!

"...spicy apple and tropical notes co-mingling with a tangy fresh acidity and a nice finish of fruit and lingering minerality."

Winery’s sensory class teaches how to taste

"The whole idea is to show that everybody's threshold is different to different substances..." Marie-Eve Gilla, Winemaker

One Rich Wine Guy: Forgeron Cellars at Wildhorse

"Chardonnay is MarieEve's flagship wine. She is truly a virtuoso with this grape. The 2007 is what I believe to be one of her best ever."

Rich Breshears, One Rich Wine Guy, January 30th 2010

The Winos - Washington Wine & Charity, Forgeron Cellars

"Why do you think wine & charity go so well together?" Our first winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla from Forgeron Cellars, took time from her very busy life to share her thoughts.

Sunset Wine Awards 2009 - Walla Walla Valley "Best Up-&-Coming Wine Region"

"We love Forgeron Cellars.

Sara Schneider, Sunset Magazine, November 2009

About the Winery & Winemaker

"The petite, soft-spoken French ex-pat is a winemaking force to be reckoned with."

Richard Kinssies, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 2007

Seattle Times Wine Advisor

Paul Gregutt pays small tribute to Marie-Eve's past winemaking experience.

Washington Wine Report: Forgeron Cellars

"...Gilla is one of the best winemakers in Walla Walla Valley...Forgeron Cellars 2005 Zinfandel also came in 2nd in our 2008 Reader Survey."

Sean P. Sullivan, WA Wine Report, July 2009

Touring and Tasting Magazine Reviews Forgeron

"Contracting with vineyards strategically located across the Yakima, Columbia, & Walla Walla Valleys, Forgeron Cellars focuses on producing true varietal wines."

Forgeron Tasting Room Review

"Your wines were delicious, your staff hysterical & knowledgeable..."

Europe's Own Land Of The Free

"Gilla came from the University of Dijon to America in 1991, to become what she could not as a young Frenchwoman – a winemaker."

 Decanter Magazine, May 2007

Is Walla Walla "the next Napa Valley"?

"...winemakers Caleb Foster, Chuck Reininger, Brett Isenhower & Marie-Eve Gilla have become the talk of the wine community..."

 Tan Vinh, Seattle Times, August 2007

Vintage Walla Walla, 2009

Marie-Eve makes the Wine Peep's weekend one to remember.

Women of Washington Wine: Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Cellars

"Realizing the incredible potential of the wine industry in the Pacific Northwest, she stayed, helped found Forgeron Cellars."

RatingBest Small Town

Sunset Magazine: Best Small Towns for Foodies

One of the few wineries mentioned within the article, Forgeron Cellars is a "can't miss" winery in Walla Walla.

Highlighting Female Winemakers of Washington - Marie-Eve Gilla

"As it is, her name has been espoused by those who compare Walla Walla to the next Napa!"

 Washington Wine, December 2008

Women Winemakers of Walla Walla

Marie-Eve Gilla says "My '06 Chardonnay represents the limitless opportunities to develop a unique style for white wines here in Washington state. The style is a cross between Burgundy & New World, full & ripe with a nice mineral nuance."

 Braiden Rex-Johnson, Seattle Times, November 9, 2008

Doing it the French way in Walla Walla

"With little fanfare, she has been developing vineyard sources, fine-tuning her winemaking & making excellent Euro-styled wines."

 Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, March 2008

Warm, Welcoming Walla Walla Valley

"You are just as likely to find [Marie-Eve] tromping through the vineyards as you are to find her sampling the barrels. The hard work shows in the bottle."

 Randy Buckner, wineloverspage.com, 2005

I tasted my way through Walla Walla

"...Forgeron Cellars, one of the strongest of the new wineries...where Chardonnay is the star attraction..."

Robert Mayfield, Statesman Journal, August 2007

Marie-Eve finds few "Rules" for Winemaking in Northwest

"...[Marie-Eve] worked my way up from the bottom..." leading to winemaking positions at Hogue, Covery Run, Gordon Brothers, & Forgeron Cellars. "Such progress would have never happened in France."

The French Touch - Some very nice Tipples among the Wheatfields

"...although [Marie-Eve] is pleased with many of the wines she has made so far, especially a red blend called “Vinfinity”, she prefers to look 5 or 10 years ahead..."

 The Economist Magazine, May 2006

Atlantic City Wine Director shares Favorite Washington Wines

"Beautiful aromatics with syrah-like fruit along with some currants. Flavors are more berries & some bell peppers."

 Bob Woehler, WineSquire.Com, December 2005

"Marie-Eve at ease..."

"Marie-Eve's work requires her to tap into all of her individual resources -- sensitivity, scientific acuity, artistry, ingenuity & business sense."

 Suzi Beerman, Seattle Woman Magazine, October 2005

Rating20 Best New Wineries in the World

Forgeron makes Food & Wine Magazine's "Global A-List"

"...one of the 20 Best New Wineries in the World."

 Food & Wine Magazine, October 2004

 

Rating"Simply Sensational"

Seattle Times deems Marie-Eve's Wines "Simply Sensational"

Marie-Eve Gilla's wines are "...simply sensational; limited production, sophisticated winemaking, very fair prices."

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times "Wine Adviser", October 28 2003

ANVIL

RatingGold ~ Grand Award of Excellence

2009 ANVIL Red Blend awarded GOLD @ 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

Rating"Excellent"

WA Wine Report deems 2009 ANVIL "Very Pretty, Elegant, Excellent"

"Draws you into the glass...A very pretty wine, a lot of elegance..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating90 Points

Wine Spectator reviews 2009 ANVIL Red Blend

"Grippy tannins...ripe currant & black tea flavors...focused finish."

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 31, 2013

Rating19.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey is "Highly Impressed" by 2009 ANVIL

"...an approachable, fruit-driven, yet well-structured wine that will age well for several years."

Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, August 2013

Rating93+ Points

Wine Advocate lauds 2009 ANVIL Red "a knockout blend"

"...a classy effort...Full-bodied, polished & supple..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2013

Rating19.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2008 ANVIL Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon

"I first tasted this 100% Cabernet at Forgeron's Holiday Barrel Tasting a year ago and found it so impressive that I bought some futures. It has lived up to its promise."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, December 2012

Rating94-97 Points

Wine Advocate Rates 2008 ANVIL Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 94-97 Points

"One of the finest Cabernets I have tasted from Washington..."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

 

BlackSmith Wines

Impulse Wine Offer & Review - BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnay

"...added value factor...fantastic, everyday drinking Chardonnay."

Yashar Shayan, ImpulseWine.com, July 29, 2014

Rating1st Place!

BlackSmith 2011 Merlot 1st Place Winner - "$20 & Under Merlots"

"Amazing quality in an approachable and affordable red..."

Seattle Magazine, 9th Annual "Best Washington Wine Awards", Summer 2014

RatingFinalist*

BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnay Finalist - "Chardonnays $15 or Less"*

9th Annual "Best Washington Wine Awards"

Seattle Magazine, Summer 2014

Rating"Tough to Beat"

Full Offer & Review - BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnay

"...lovely Chardonnay...For a balanced weeknight white, this is tough to beat."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, January 24, 2014

Rating"A Lovely Choice"

Full Pull Offer & Review - BlackSmith 2011 Red Wine

"...rock-solid vineyard sources...an odd blend, but it hangs together well...warming, generous character...a lovely choice as a house wine in the bleak mid-winter."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, January 24, 2014

Rating#9 / 10

BlackSmith Syrah a Food & Wine "Top 10 Winter Wine" Under $20

Although this New York-based reviewer is right about BlackSmith Syrah being a great game-day wine, we say it is a perfect pairing with chili & a Seahawks Superbowl win!

Rating"Friday's Find"

BlackSmith 2011 Red Blend a NW Wine Anthem "Friday Find"

"…a great, young, easy drinking food wine…ready to be drunk right now…a real sense of Washington in sum…”

Clive Pursehouse, NWWineAnthem.com, August 23 2013

Rating18/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2011 BlackSmith Red Blend

"...an intriguing nose of raspberry, cherry, plum, crushed roses, bayberry & spiced incense..."

Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, August 2013

Rating90 points "Editor's Choice"

Wine Enthusiast Rates BlackSmith 2011 Chardonnay 90 Points "Editor's Choice"

"...pretty fruit flavors of tangy grapefruit & sweet melon."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

Rating18.5/20 points

Rand Sealey Reviews BlackSmith 2010 Syrah

"...The flavors are well focused, with the dark fruits intermixed with licorice, cocoa & earthy minerals..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2012

Rating17.5+/20 points

Rand Sealey Reviews BlackSmith 2010 Merlot

"...notes of licorice, chocolate, coffee bean & earth..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2012

Rating18/20 points

Rand Sealey Reviews BlackSmith 2011 Chardonnay

 "... offers an attractive nose of apple, peach & citrus with scents of apple blossoms & vanilla bean..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2012

Rating3rd place

2009 BlackSmith Syrah Takes 3rd @ 11th Annual Sexy Syrah

This year's judges picks truly reflect "la crème de la crème" for the 11th annual Sexy Syrah at Salty's.

Rating"Excellent" "Best Buy"

Wine Press Northwest Rates 2009 BlackSmith Syrah a "Best Buy"

"...aromas of blackberries & chocolate, followed by flavors of boysenberries, black pepper & mocha."

Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2012

RatingHighly Recommended

Wild 4 Washington Wine Raves about 2009 BlackSmith Syrah

"Everything good about Washington Syrah can be found in a bottle of 2009 BlackSmith Syrah. Quote me on that."

William Pollard Jr., Wild 4 Washington Wine, February 2012

RatingNo. 1 of "10 under $20"

BlackSmith Syrah Tops Wild 4 Washington Wine's "Top 10 Under $20" List

"...wonderful example of Washington Syrah."

William Pollard Jr., Wild 4 Washington Wine, March 2012

Full Pull Reviews BlackSmith 2009 Syrah

"...an awfully good representation of pan-Washington Syrah...The silkiness of the mouthfeel is what is especially unexpected at this sub-$20 tariff."

 Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, March 5, 2012

Full Pull Reviews BlackSmith 2010 Chardonnay

"...Balanced, vibrant, & lovely, this is a clever bottle of Chardonnay."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, March 5, 2012

Rating18/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2009 BlackSmith Syrah

"...chock-full of thick dark fruits that are marked by notes of licorice, chocolate & earthy minerals.."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, March 2012

Rating18/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2010 BlackSmith Chardonnay

"...notes of grape skin, stony minerals, mandarin orange rind & butternut...shows fine fruit acid balance on the back & finish..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, March 2012

Rating"Excellent"

2010 BlackSmith Chardonnay Outstanding Value, says Washington Wine Report

"An aromatic offering of Chardonnay with toasty spices, almond butter, whiffs of tropical fruit, & tangerine... An outstanding value at $15."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, January 2012

Rating"Excellent"

2009 Blacksmith Syrah an "Excellent" Value says Washington Wine Report

"The palate is soft & gauzy with dark fruit flavors. Lingers on the finish. A huge value at $15."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, January 2012

Pacific Northwest Wines reviews 2008 BlackSmith Merlot

"...offers excellent quality & plenty of the character expected from more expensive bottlings...A good buy for your holiday entertaining."

Chuck Hill, Pacific Northwest Wines, November 2011

Rating89 Points "Best Buy"

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2008 BlackSmith Syrah

"...far more depth & subtlety than many wines twice as expensive."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

Rating87 Points "Best Buy"

Wine Enthusiast Praises 2009 BlackSmith Pinot Noir As Solid Value

"The berry flavors have a creamy wrap, a suggestion of vanilla, a lick of cinnamon. All good."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

RatingGood

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2008 BlackSmith Merlot

" A moderately aromatic wine with spice, cedar, & red currant. The palate is broad with soft tannins & silky fruit flavors."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, January 2012

RatingDouble Gold

2008 BlackSmith Syrah Earns Double Gold @ Seattle Wine Awards

 BlackSmith Syrah, Double Gold Award - Seattle Wine Awards, 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon

RatingSilver Medal

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon takes Silver @ Great NW Wine Invitational 2014

The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition is the only judging in the U.S. in which the wines are nominated by the judges.

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Lauds 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...rich aromas...the flavors are plush & generous, yet focused..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, November 2014

Rating90 Points

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon deemed "Outstanding" by Wine Advocate

"Loaded with fruit...superb balance & excellent finish..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

Rating89 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews Forgeron's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...a deep, brilliant ruby color & a rich, smoky nose of blackberries, cherries, currants, purple lilac & incense...dark fruit flavors...notes of black cocoa, licorice, French roast..."

Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, November 2013

Rating"Good/Excellent"

WA Wine Report Reviews 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Aromatically appealing with barrel spices, sweet herbs, earth, & cocoa..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating"Excellent"

Wine Press Northwest deems 2009 Cabernet "Excellent"

"...aromas of cocoa powder, cola, vanilla bean & cherry..."

 Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2013

Rating92 Points "Cellar Selection"

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon a "Cellar Selection" for Wine Enthusiast

"...offers generous plum and black cherry flavors that are cloaked in mocha..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 31 2012

Rating91 Points

Stephen Tanzer Reviews 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...Seductive perfume of dark raspberry & dark chocolate..."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November/December 2012

Rating18.5+/20 points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...Purplish ruby colored, it offers an unmistakable Cabernet nose of blackberry, cherry, cassis, tobacco leaf, crushed roses, sandalwood & rubbed sage..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2012

Rating91 points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Deftly balanced to show its pure blackberry & plum fruit...91 Points"

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012

Rating91 Points, 79/100

Seattle Met rates 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon in 100 Best Washington Wines

"It's delicious on its own, even better when paired with food."

Full Pull Wines Reviews 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

"I was easily seduced by the Cabernet aromatics: a laser beam of purity, all black currant & violet...This is rocky Cab, a grownup, fairly austere palate, more about graphite & savories than outright cassis fruit."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, March 5th, 2012

Rating* (Excellent)

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Very pretty, appealing aromas of spice, dark cherry, & chocolate. The palate is loaded with silky fruit flavors & grainy tannins."

Sean P. Sullivan

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews Forgeron's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

"The mouth-filling flavors are true to variety...notes of squeezed berries, baking spices, fine fruit acids & satiny, chewy tannins."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2011

RatingBronze Medal

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Medals at the Cabernet Classic in Seattle

Forgeron Cellars earned 3rd place -- & a Bronze Medal -- at the 2011 Cabernet Classic to benefit Rotary First Harvest Food Bank.

Rating90 Points

The Wine Advocate Reviews 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Notes of cedar, spice box, violets, black cherry cola, cassis, & black currant..."

Dr. Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, August 2011

Rating91 points "Editor's Choice"

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon well received by Wine Enthusiast

"Smooth, fruity, flavorful, soft and balanced, it finishes with lightly grainy tannins that are as supple as leather."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011

Rating2nd Place

2006 Cabernet takes 2nd Place at 2nd Annual Cabernet Classic in Seattle

Forgeron Cellars is proud to announce that we tied for Second Place in the 100% Cabernet Category with our heavenly 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rating91 Points- "Cellar Selection"

Wine Enthusiast Review - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

'"Dried herbs & sweet grain highlights add complexity, & the mix of vineyards (Pepper Bridge, Klipsun, & Alder Ridge) brings the best characteristics of 3 different AVAs into play."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2010

Full Pull Reviews 2004 Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon

"...layers of flavors that unfolded over the palate from attack to midpalate to finish; there was black fruit, blue fruit, minerals, coffee, earth, smoke, tropical fruits; & the mouthfeel was liquid silk..."

Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, January 2010

Rating2nd Place

2004 Champoux Cab places at Ray's Boathouse 23rd Annual Retrospective of NW Wines Competition

Forgeron Cellars' 2004 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon placed 2nd.

Rating#1 Wine of the Year

'04 Champoux Cab WA Wine Report's '09 "Wine of the Year"

"...a wine that literally brought all conversation to a stop. From one of Washington's finest vineyards & one of its finest winemakers.'

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, July 16, 2009

Washington Wine Report: 2009 Reader Survey Wine of the Year

"Although not surprised, we were excited to have Forgeron Cellars 2004 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon make it to the finals for Wine of the Year."

RatingQPR 4 out of 5

2009 Cabernet Classic: The Recap

2005 Forgeron Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30, QPR: 4

2004 Forgeron Cellars Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $46, QPR: 5

RatingQPR 5 out of 5

Recapping 2009 Cabernet Classic

2004 Forgeron Cellars Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills - QPR: 5

2005 Forgeron Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley - QPR: 4

Kori Voorhees, WinePeeps.com, November 2009

Rating94 Points

2004 Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon awarded Wine Advocate Score of 94

"...Elegantly-styled, layered, complex, & savory, it will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring & drink well through 2024."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, November 2009

Rating"Outstanding"

2004 Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon one of the "Fab Cabs of the Pacific Northwest"

"...It opens with complex aromas of minerals, pencil shavings, blackberries & pie cherries, followed by elegant flavors of blackberries, red-toned fruit & hints of chocolate..."

Andy Perdue, Wine Press NW, September 2009

RatingSilver Medal

NorthWest Wine Summit awards 2003 Pepper Bridge Cab a Silver

2003 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Medal Winner.

2004 Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Weekend"

"It is a wine so good one loses all discretion upon first sip. A superb, breathtaking effort by winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, May 2009

Rating97 Points

Just Wine Points: Score 97 for 2003 Cabernet "Top Wines of 2008"

Thirteen wines are featured, each of exceptional quality & value.

Rating92 Points #43 of 100

Seattle Times Top 100 WA Wines 2008 - 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon #43

The fruit mixes ripe berries & moves smoothly into flavors of earth, smoke, tobacco & graphite." 

Paul Gregutt, "Top 100 Washington Wines" Seattle Times, December 2008

 

Rating91 Points

The Tasting Panel reviews 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...good balance...”

The Tasting Panel Magazine, August 2008

Rating92 Points

Wine Enthusiast rates 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon 92 Points

"...beautifully integrated, with the tannins substantial but polished..."

 Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, August 1, 2008

RatingSilver Medal

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon earns Silver in San Francisco

San Francisco International Wine Competition, June 15th, 2008

Rating97 Points

Wine X Magazine awards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon 97 Points

Justwinepoints, Wine X Magazine, February 2008

RatingGold Medal

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon earns Gold

The Dallas Morning News 23rd Annual Wine Competition, 2008

Rating90 Points

WineLoversPage.com scores 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points

"Full in the mouth with bright acidity, the bold flavors mirror the nose. Break out that Porterhouse!"

 wineloverspage.com, Bucko's New Releases, November 2005

Wine Squire Reviews 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...you just want to drink it again & again."

 Shawn Dore,  www.winesquire.com

Rating"Simply Sensational"

Seattle Times Highly Recommends 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Dark & juicy, this is a powerful, polished wine..."

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times "Wine Adviser", October 28 2003

Rating"Highly Recommended"

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon "Highly Recommended"

"...big, complex, mouth-watering..."

AvalonWine.com, May 2003

Chardonnay

RatingSilver Medal

2012 Chardonnay takes Silver @ Great NW Wines Invitational Wine Competition 2014

The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition is the only judging in the United States in which the wines are nominated by the judges.

Impulse Wine Offer & Review - Forgeron 2012 Chardonnay

"...white wines which aspire to be elegant, graceful, and full of character. My favorite of their lineup every year is the Chard...since first tasting it back in 2008."

Yashar Shayan, ImpulseWine.com, July 29, 2014

Rating87 Points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Chardonnay

"Fresh and tangy...lime-accented pineapple and spice flavors...light and refreshing..."

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, July 2014

Rating89 Points

2012 Chardonnay deemed "Classy" by Wine Advocate

"Clean, classy and well made..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

Rating91 Points

2012 Chardonnay awarded 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast

"...full-bodied...fine acidity..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

RatingDouble Gold ~ Grand Award of Excellence

2012 Chardonnay Takes DOUBLE GOLD @ 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

Rating"Excellent"

WA Wine Report deems 2012 Chardonnay "Excellent"

"Forgeron Cellars commitment to its Chardonnay is evident..."

Sean P Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, April 30, 2014

Rating"Glorious, Consistently Outstanding"

Full Pull Re-Offer "Glorious" 2011 Chardonnay

"...consistently outstanding... mouthwatering... our resident Burgundian-Washingtonian at the peak of her creative powers."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, January 24 2014

Rating19/20 Points

Rand Sealey declares 2012 Chardonnay "Delicious"

"...a delicious Chardonnay. Brilliant gold-colored...a lovely wine..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, January 2014

Rating91 Points

Int'l Wine Review calls 2011 Chardonnay "Beautifully Balanced, Elegant"

"A beautifully balanced, elegant wine with well-integrated oak, energetic acidity, & Burgundian finesse...Among our favorite producers of Chardonnay..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating#4

Forgeron #4 Chardonnay in "Washington's Best 2013"

"...Marie-Eve Gilla exudes passion about chardonnay, & it shows..."

Sean P Sullivan, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, September 2013

Rating"Top 5 Wine Picks of Summer"

2011 Chardonnay a Top 5 Summer "Wine Pick" - 425Magazine.com

"Forgeron Cellars, 2011 Chardonnay, — $27. French-born winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla forges a Burgundian beauty — poised, polished, pleasantly light — the perfect wine for seafood, chicken, or pasta at your next patio party."

L.M. Archer, FWS, 425Magazine.com, July/August 2013

RatingSilver Medal

Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition awards Silver to 2011 Chardonnay

A new wine competition specifically for wineries located within the Walla Walla Valley.

Great Northwest Wines, June 2013

Rating"Consistently Outstanding"

Full Pull Wines finds 2011 Chardonnay "Consistently Outstanding"

"...deftly-balanced...our resident Burgundian-Washingtonian at the peak of her creative powers."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, June 10 2013

Rating87 Points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2011 Chardonnay

"Fresh & tangy..."

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, June 15 2013

RatingSilver Medal

2011 Chardonnay Awarded Silver Medal by Central WA Wine Competition

Forgeron Cellars 2011 Columbia Valley Chardonnay takes Silver @ the 1st Annual "Art of Wine" Competition.

RatingWine of the Week

Wines NorthWest reviews 2011 Chardonnay

"The palate offers flavors of pear & citrus with notes of vanilla & toasty oak leading to a crisp finish of bright acidity."

Chuck Hill, WinesNW.com, March 15 2013

Rating92 Points "Editor's Choice"

Wine Enthusiast Rates 2011 Chardonnay 92 Points, "Editor's Choice"

"...excellent concentration & impeccable balance, plus a long, satisfying finish."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, April 2013

RatingBEST Chardonnay

"Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine" rates Forgeron Chardonnay "Best of WW 2012"

"...In my opinion, Forgeron Chardonnay is the benchmark of Chardonnay in Washington State..."

Catie McIntyre Walker, Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine, January 2013

Rating"Excellent/ Exceptional"

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2011 Chardonnay

"Gilla has a clear passion for Chardonnay & is continually searching for better fruit sources. '...I want to make the best Chardonnay in Washington State...' she says."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012

Rating"One Of The Best"

Winefoot.com says 2011 Chardonnay "Arguably One of the Best"

"It's classy, elegant..."

Duane Pemberton, "2012 Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting - Post Report", Winefoot.com, December 11 2012

Rating91 Points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2010 Chardonnay

"...bright, lively...Offers style & finesse...91 Points"

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012

Rating89 Points

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2011 Chardonnay

"...Intensely flavored and smooth..."

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Issue 165, November/December 2012

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2011 Chardonnay

"...a beautiful Chardonnay from a cooler than normal vintage. Brilliant gold colored, it offers lovely aromas of apple, pear, peach, vanilla, apple blossoms..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2012

Rating91 Points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2010 "Vigneron Select" Chardonnay

"... juicy with apple, pear & melon flavors...91 Points"

-Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012

RatingDelightful & Recommended

2010 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select" Proves "Irresistible," says Wild 4 Washington Wine

"A floral quality with vanilla was noticeable on the nose, it was fuller in the mouth, with stone fruit, bright on the tongue, creamy on the  edges..."

William Pollard Jr., Wild 4 Washington Wine

Rating4/5 "Excellent"

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2009 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select"

"An appealing, expressive wine with peach, pear, and melon flavors accented by silky oak spices..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, December 2011

The Wine Advocate Reviews 2009 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select"

"...a creamy-textured, spicy, nicely-proportioned Chardonnay with a firm acid structure."

 Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

Rating91 points "Editor's Choice"

2009 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select" Scores High with Wine Enthusiast

"A luscious cascade of apples, pears, honeydew melon and sweet pineapple..." 

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011

Rating90 points

Seattle Met Recognizes 2009 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select" as "Top 20" Washington White Wines

"... includes 2% orange muscat to lift the aromatics."

2009 Chardonnay Demonstrates Consistency & Quality

"...the full-bodied elements of a Burgundian style...the bright fruit elements continue through the palate with tropical fruits & zesty acidity..."

Clive Pursehouse, NW Wine Anthem, August 29 2011

2009 Chardonnay Perfectly Fuses Old and New World Styles

"Warm, tropical fruits of mango and pineapple are balanced by the crisper, brighter acidity of pear, green melon and citrus..."

Dan Radil, Bellingham Herald, August 16, 2011

Rating"Top 5 Chardonnays"

Seattle Met debunks "White Lies" about Washington Chardonnays, Praises Forgeron

"The fruit comes from vineyards across the state, helping to create a complexity rarely seen at this price point."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, July 2011

Rating91 Points

2008 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select" scores with Wine Enthusiast

"Complex & nuanced... this could be cellared for another 5 or 6 years."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

 

Rating18.5/20 Points

18.5/20 points- 2009 Chardonnay earns high praise from Rand Sealey of Review of Washington Wines

".. this brilliant gold-colored wine offers lovely aromas of pear, peach, apple blossoms & acacia flower..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, April 2011

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey - Review of Washington Wines on 2008 Chardonnay

"..brilliant gold color with attractive aromas of pear, peach, apple blossoms, acacia flowers & subtle smoke..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, January 2011

The Oregon Wine Blog on Forgeron's 2008 Chardonnay

"...crisp & bright & even a bit floral but it really fills the mouth well with a great finish."

 Clive Pursehouse, The Oregon Wine Blog, Nov 2010

2008 Chardonnay wins over "Table Talk" for Holiday Meal Pairings

"..I'm telling ya, this is one of the best Washington Chardonnays I've had.."

Yashar Shayan, Table Talk, October 2010 

Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine

"Assertive apple & peach aromas lead to a mouthful of dense & creamy flavors."

Catie McIntyre Walker, Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine, Sept 07, 2010

2007 Chardonnay at The Kitsap Wine Festival

"...a good balance between the crispness, or acidity of the wine, & its barrel flavors...a food-friendly wine."

Brynn Grimley, Cheers to You, August 16 2010

2007 Chardonnay one of "100 Best Washington Wines"

"Crisp & clean on the palate with bright, slightly citric acidity."

 Sean P Sullivan, Seattle Met Magazine, September 2010

Pike & Western Wine Shop Reviews 2007 Chardonnay

"This is a deliciously rich, gluttonous bottle of wine..."

Michael Teer, Pike & Western, August 2010

Rating90 Points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2007 Chardonnay

"Bright & refreshing...pear, peach & citrus flavors...90 Points!"

 -Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, June 2010

2007 Chardonnay: "Drink [it] Now & Often!!"

"Drink now & often! A very good wine & at a moderate price point. Pairs wonderfully & easily with many food items..."

Bill Eyer, San Diego Examiner, December 6 2009

Rating92 Points

Cuvee Corner Wine Blog names 2007 Chardonnay a "Washington Highlight!"

"...notes of spicy apple & tropical notes co-mingling with a tangy fresh acidity & a nice finish of fruit & a lingering minerality...Drink now & often! A very good wine & at a moderate price point. "

 Bill Eyer, Cuvee Corner Wine Blog, August 2009

RatingBronze Medal

2007 Chardonnay takes Bronze @ Renaud Society Blind Wine Competition

2007 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley - Bronze Medal

The Renaud Society, a society of medical professionals with an interest in better health & a passion for wine, were the proud sponsors of this event.

More Versatile Chardonnays

"...gentle on the pocketbook...meticulously crafted...can stand alone or serve as a great accompaniment to rich fish or chicken from the grill.

Chuck Hill, Wines Northwest, May 2009

RatingBEST Chardonnay

2006 Chardonnay Named "Best Chardonnay" by Washington Wine Awards

"A wine with a soft spiciness & great balance..."

 Victoria Lahti, "Washington Wine Awards" Seattle Magazine, April 2009

Rating92 Points

Wine Enthusiast Rates 2006 Chardonnay 92 Points

"...solidly anchored in citrus, pear & peach...Lovely balance & fullness throughout."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, August 2008

RatingSilver Medal

San Francisco Wine International Competition

Silver Medal - 2006 Forgeron Cellars Chardonnay

Seattle Times: 2006 Chardonnay "Best Yet"

"...solidly anchored in citrus, pear, and peach."

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, March 2008

Rating2 Stars

San Francisco Chronicle Reviews 2006 Chardonnay

"...a gentle nose...flavorful palate...a nice food wine."

Lynne Char Bennett, San Francisco Chronicle, March 2008

 

Rating97 Points

Wine X Magazine awards 2006 Chardonnay 97 Points

Justwinepoints, Wine X Magazine, March 2008

Northwest Palate Review: 2004 Chardonnay

"Clean, toasty aroma also offers citrus & apple highlights…flavors of toast & apple fruit, complemented by a bright citrus note..."

 Northwest Palate, November / December 2005

Rating90 Points

Wine Enthusiast Rates 2005 Chardonnay 90 Points

"...ripe, full, with a mix of citrus & green apple flavors, fresh, crisp & penetrating...

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2007

 

Rating90 Points

The Wine Advocate Rates 2005 Chardonnay 90 Points

"Supple-textured, it has layers of ripe fruit, crisp acidity, and excellent balance."

 The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller, August 2007

Seattle Times Review: 2005 Chardonnay

"...Fresh, ripe citrus & green apple flavors...crisp & penetrating...a well-made Washington take on a good village Burgundy."

 Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, June 6 2007

RatingGold Medal

National Women's Wine Competition Gold Medalist

Gold Medal winner National Women’s Wine Competition, March 2007

Seattle Times Reviews 2004 Chardonnay

"The Washington wine industry is beginning to speak with a French accent..."

Paul Gregutt, The Seattle Times, February 19, 2006

Rating89 Points

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2005 Chardonnay

“...Supple and spicy in the mouth..."

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Fall 2006

Rating"Wonderful"

Wines Northwest Reviews 2004 Chardonnay

“Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla has a wonderful touch with Chardonnay."

Chuck Hill, www.winesnw.com, July 2006

Rating90 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2004 Chardonnay

“Nice citrus & apple flavors...fresh, crisp & penetrating...”

 Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2006

Food & Wine Magazine Reviews 2004 Chardonnay

“Finely-honed Chardonnay, this combines fine minerals with smooth oak & hefty baked apple & tropical fruit flavors”

 Jamal Rayyis, Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2006

Wine Press Northwest Reviews 2004 Chardonnay

“Lemon, pear & pineapple greet the palate, backed by wisps of mineral, spice & toast...”

Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Winter 2005/2006

Rating89/91 Points

2001 Chardonnay a "Gold Beauty"

"...a boatload of aromas...Full in the mouth...lovely..."

Dr Randy Buckner, Wine Lovers Page, May 23, 2003

Rating88 Points

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2001 Chardonnay

"...Bright peach and citrus flavors...nicely textured wine..."

Stephen Tanzer, Int'l Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2002

Façon Blanc / Ambiance

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Finds 2013 Façon Blanc a "Terrific Value"

"...a white of considerable finesse as well as depth, giving it a plus +..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, August 2014

Rating89 Points

Wine Advocate calls 2012 Ambiance "Impressive"

"...layered... impressive... nicely balanced..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

RatingGold ~ Grand Award of Excellence

2013 Façon Blanc takes GOLD @ 2014 Seattle Wine Awards

Rating"Good"

WA Wine Report Reviews 2012 Ambiance

"...medium-bodied, fresh & fruit-filled with tart flavors..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating87 Points

Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Ambiance

"Fresh...with spicy pear and pineapple flavors..."

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 2013

Rating91 Points "Editors Choice"

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2012 Ambiance

"...opens up gracefully, with vivid flavors of candied orange peel, honeydew melon & apricot jam..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

Rating91 Points

Int'l Wine Review awards 2012 Ambiance 91 Points

"Sumptuous...floral & spicy with exotic overtones..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey finds 2012 Ambiance "Brilliant" & Bright"

"...a brilliant gold color...bright & juicy, with a creamy texture...lightly spiced..."

Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, August 2013

RatingSilver Medal

Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition awards Silver to 2012 Ambiance

A new wine competition specifically for wineries located within the Walla Walla Valley.

Rating89 points

David Schildknecht of "The Wine Advocate" reviews 2011 Ambiance

"...delightfully scented with white peach, acacia, honeysuckle, pineapple, & mango..."

David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, December 2012

Rating92 Points "Editor's Choice"

2011 Ambiance an "Editor's Choice" for Wine Enthusiast

"Thoroughly delicious...It's complex & distinctive."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

Rating89 Points

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2011 Ambiance

"...Good extract and density to the flavors of lemon drop, minerals and acacia blossom..."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 165, November/December 2012

Rating18.5/20 Points, "Best Buy"

Rand Sealey Reviews 2011 Ambiance

" ... a rich nose of pear, peach & apricot, with scents of orange blossom, honeysuckle & jasmine...a creamy texture that is counterpointed by pineapple & grapefruit juices... Excellent value. "

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, September 2012  

Rating+ (Good)

Washington Wine Report on 2009 Ambiance

"Light in color. Pleasing notes of spice & apple, toast, & floral notes. Crisp & tart on the palate..."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, December 2011

Rating"Wine of the Week"

Table Talk Radio Reviews 2010 Ambiance

"...an exotic blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Orange Muscat, with layers of citrus, melon and spice flavors."

Jamie Peha, Table Talk Radio, January 18 2012

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2010 Ambiance

" ...a lovely, aromatic "Rhone-style" white. It displays a brilliant gold color and an exotic nose of pear, peach, muskmelon, acacia flowers, honeysuckle and orange blossoms...The sheer delight of this wine gets it a plus. "

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, January 2012  

Rating89 Points

Wine Enthusiast reviews 2009 Ambiance

"...it’s vividly framed by fresh acidity & citrus rind."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011  

2009 Ambiance Wows Bellingham Writer

"I was absolutely floored by this blend...honeydew melon & brioche up front gracefully melt into a rich, viscous mouthful of ripe peach...Exceptional!"

Dan Radil, Bellingham Herald, August 2011  

Rating18+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews Forgeron's 2009 Ambiance

"...white fruit compote flavors...touches of mandarin orange peel, minerals & grape skin...a squeeze of citrus on the finish...excellent value."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, March 2011  

Façon Rouge / Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre

New Full Pull Offer Praises 2011 GSM

"...success comes down to vineyard sourcing, & Marie-Eve has done well here...a balancing richness that belies the cooler 2011 vintage..."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, August 27, 2014

Rating91 Points

Wine Advocate calls 2011 GSM "Excellent"

"...full-bodied, textured, rich...already delicious..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

Rating93 Points "Cellar Selection"

Wine Enthusiast deems 2011 GSM a 93-point "Cellar Selection"

"...dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla & spice..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

Rating"Excellent/ Exceptional"

WA Wine Report deems 2011 GSM "Excellent/Exceptional"

"...aromatically appealing, complex...

Sean P Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, April 30, 2014

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2011 GSM

"...Gigondas-inspired...enticing...well-saturated fruit flavors...chewy & textured..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, January 2014

Late Harvest & Dessert

RatingRecommended - Excellent

2010 Lt Harvest Riesling a Holiday Dinner Recommendation

"...delicious...incredibly aromatic...Drink up!"

Sean P Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, November 26 2013

Rating4/5 Stars (Excellent)

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2010 Late Harvest Riesling

"...Forgeron's 2010 Late Harvest Riesling comes at a quality level seldom seen at this price & is a perfect way to offset the cold months ahead. Stock up."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012

Rating90 Points

The Wine Advocate's David Schildknecht reviews 2010 Late Harvest Riesling

"...one those rare Rieslings outside Germany to demonstrate a remarkable ability to cancel out the effects of residual sugar..."

David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, December 2012

Full Pull Offer & Review for 2010 Late Harvest Riesling

"Honey & caramel notes ramp up the complexity..."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, December 8 2012

Rating"Excellent"

Wine Press Northwest Reviews 2010 Dionysus Late Harvest Riesling

"...beautiful aromas of tangerines, apricots & yellow grapefruit, followed by pleasing flavors of pineapples, honey & apple pie."

 Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Summer 2012

Rating#18 out of 100 Top Wines

Top 100 Washington Wines 2010 #18 - Forgeron Late Harvest Semillon

Forgeron's 2008 Late Harvest Semillon #18 out of 100 Top Washington Wines 2010!!

Rating90 Points

Wine Enthusiast Review - 2008 Orange Muscat

"...It's reminiscent of Benedictine & Brandy - orange liqueur with some alcohol power. Nice focus & balance..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Online, November 2010

Rating94 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2008 Late Harvest Semillon

"Dense yet retaining its acid-driven structure, it's a rich, seemingly endless dive into a vat of sweet nectar."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Online, November 2010 

Rating94 points

2008 Late Harvest Semillon a "Standout Washington Wine"

"...A thick, honeyed wine, loaded with flavors of dried apricots, peaches & papaya. A rich, seemingly endless dive into a vat of sweet nectar." 

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times - Wine Advisor, September 18th, 2010

Seattle Weekly Reviews 2005 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer

"...A wine that could get you drunk on aromatics alone..."

Maggie Dutton, Seattle Weekly, November 27 2007

RatingGold Medal

2005 Late Harvest Gerwurztraminer takes Gold

Washington Wines Festival @ Yakima Country Fair, July 14 2007

Rouge de Production Limitée

Stems & Legs Reviews 2007 Sagemoor Barbera

"...nice bouquet of blackberry, black pepper, dark cherry, blueberry... nice balance of acidity & combination of berry fruit on the palate..."

Alex Eagleton, StemsAndLegs.com, August 30, 2014

Rating92 Points "Editor's Choice"

2011 StoneTree Primitivo a Wine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice"

"Complex...ripe...a lingering, spice-filled finish." 92 Points

Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast, September 2014

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Lauds 2011 Boushey Sangiovese "Elegant"

"...enticing aromas of strawberry, cherry, plum, dried roses, tobacco, rosemary & smoldering incense."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, July 2014

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Finds 2011 Barbera "Deep & Penetrating"

"...an Italian Piedmont red with a French flair."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, July 2014

Rating18.5+/20 Points

2011 StoneTree Primitivo "Generous but Focused"

"...deep rub color & rich aromas... Bright fruit acids..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, April 2014

RatingExcellent

Write for Wine lauds 2009 Barbera "Excellent"

Barbera, a newer grape in Washington State, somehow tastes both rich & light-bodied, with low tannins, high acidity & juicy flavors.

Margot Sinclair Savell, WriteforWine.com, February 9 2014

Rating"Good"

WA Wine Report Reviews 2010 Boushey Sangiovese

"...aromatically appealing...with cranberries, dark raspberries, & chocolate..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating88 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2010 Boushey Sangiovese

"...soft, plummy entry spreads lushly across the palate, with flavors of ripe raspberries & strawberries..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

Rating90 Points

I-WineReview.com gives 2010 Boushey Sangiovese 90 Points

"...deep ruby color & very fresh cranberry & cherry fruit quite typical of the grape..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating91 Points "Very Good"

Int'l Wine Review lauds 2011 Barbera a "Very Good" 91 Points

"...delicious black berry & dark cherry aromas with a hint of violets..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating"Excellent"

Wine Press NW deems luscious 2010 Boushey Sangiovese "Excellent"

"...luscious...flavors of black pepper, cherry, & milk chocolate."

Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2013

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey declares 2009 Cabernet Franc "a Tasty Wine"

"...this is a tasty wine...roasted berries & nuts, mocha, spiced cherries, crème de cassis, vanilla..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, June 2013

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey finds 2009 Sagemoor Barbera a Gallic-Style Italian Varietal

"...comes on like an Italian varietal with a French accent...bright & vibrant..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, June 2013

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey reviews 2009 StoneTree Petite Sirah

"...the dark fruits are thick & saturated, imbued with notes of black licorice, espresso & Wahluke scorched earth...saturation from beginning to end gives this a plus."

 Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, April 2013

Rating88 points

Stephen Tanzer Reviews 2009 Sagemoor Barbera

"...Juicy acidity enlivens the silky, red fruit-driven palate..."

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Issue 165 - November/December 2012

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2008 Barbera

"Deep ruby colored, this wine shows intriguing aromas of boysenberry, cherry, cigar smoke, mulberry, brambles and cracked pepper."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, July 2012

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2008 Cabernet Franc

" ...a rich, sensuous Cab Franc. It displays a deep ruby-garnet color and rich aromas of blackberry, cherry, cassis, cigar box, rosebuds, eucalyptus and cracked peppercorn."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, July 2012

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2009 Primitivo

"The palate brims with ripe, spicy dark fruit flavors, intermixed with black licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, and Wahluke scorched earth...A grinding of pepper and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) on the savory moderate tannin finish completes this heady wine."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, July 2012

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2007 Petit Verdot

"Deep purple colored, it emits a rich, spicy nose of blackberry, marionberry, black cherry, cassis and gunflint, with intriguing scents of wild roses, hibiscus and sandalwood... For its seductive exoticism, this get a plus."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, January 2012  

Rating88 points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2007 Barbera

"It’s well-built, the fruit nicely matched to the French oak..."

-Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey - Review of Washington Wines on 2007 Primitivo

"...brilliant ruby color and rich, spicy aromas of raspberry, blackberry, fig and smoky earth. The flavors are medium-heavy weight, oozing with macerated semi-dried berries..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, January 2011

Rating92 Points

Wine Enthusiast Review - 2007 Primitivo

"Dark and musky, lightly earthy and soft, it's a luscious bottle which blankets the tongue with rustic (in a good way) black fruits and exotic spices. Rare and wonderful."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Online, November 2010

Blanc de Production Limitée

RatingWine of the Week, "Outstanding"

2009 Walldette Wins "Wine of the Week" with Wine Press Northwest

" ... [A] stunning white wine with stirring aromas of starfruit, butterscotch, toffee, anise and a whisper of campfire smoke."

Wine Press Northwest

Rating88 Points

Walldette NV - Wine Enthusiast Review

"...crisp green apple & pineapple fruit flavor lightly kissed with butterscotch from the barrel aging."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2010 

Rating88 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2009 Marsanne

"...a fine example of pure Washington Marsanne & a wine that should improve over the next few years."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2010

2009 Marsanne Reviewed on WineCow.com

"...nose of almonds, bush herbs, lemon-melon, and from 53 degrees, a pleasant peach liqueur and yellow melon."

 WAwineman, WineCow.com, November 2010

The Oregon Wine Blog Reviews 2009 Marsanne

"The floral elements & the bright fruit flavors had us both muttering compliments between tastes that included "absolutely beautiful" & "fantastic.""

Clive Pursehouse, The Oregon Wine Blog, We're on the Air for Washington Wine, Nov 2010 

Rating"Wine of the Week"

Paul Gregutt's "Wine of the Week" - Walldette

"The snappy fruit reaches from green apple into light tropical...a lick of butterscotch in the refreshing finish."

 Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times - Wine Advisor August 2010

Seattlemag.com Review: 2008 Roussanne

Marie-Eve Gilla's spicy Roussanne is a very elegant food wine.

Seattlemag.com, August 16, 2008

RatingBest WA White Blends 2008

Seattle Magazine says 2007 Roussanne "Shines"

"...lively...an elegant food wine..."

Seattle Magazine, July 2008

Rating91 Scores

Wine & Spirits rates 2006 Roussanne 91 Points

"...the flavors are fresh & direct...Rich but poised..."

Wine & Spirits, February 2008

Merlot

RatingBest Red - Gold Medal

2011 Boushey Merlot wins "Best Red" @ Great NW Wine Invitational 2014

The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition is the only judging in the U.S. in which the wines are nominated by the judges.

Rating90 Points

Wine Advocate calls 2011 Boushey Merlot "Terrific"

"...impressive aromas & flavors...full-bodied...a terrific finish..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

Rating92 Points "Cellar Selection"

Wine Enthusiast awards 2011 Boushey Merlot 92 Points, a "Cellar Selection"

"Merlot has long been a particular strength at Forgeron."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

Rating"Excellent"

An "Excellent" 2011 Boushey Merlot says WA Wine Report

"...aromatically expressive...medium-bodied...a mocha-filled finish..."

Sean P Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, April 30, 2014

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey finds 2011 Boushey Merlot "Classic"

"...a classic nose of black cherry, plum & cassis...scents of black roses, mulberries, damp stone & black violets."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, February 2014

Rating"Don't Miss Out"

Full Pull says "don't miss out" on 2010 Merlot

"...appetizing...gets the pots bubbling & the mouth watering...far from your fat-&-fruity, dullard Merlot..."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, November 1 2013

Rating"Excellent"

WA Wine Report finds 2010 Merlot "Captivating, Excellent"

"A captivating wine with red currant, cocoa, barrel spices, & a kiss of licorice... velvety..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating93 Points "Editors Choice"

2010 Merlot rated 93 Points "Editor's Choice" by Wine Enthusiast

"...In a Forgeron portfolio... Merlot is usually the best of show...Tight, tart & perfectly proportioned..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

Rating88 Points

Wine Spectator reviews 2010 Merlot

"Fresh & vibrant, featuring...a layer of fine tannins as the finish lingers."

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2013

Paul Gregutt finds Forgeron Merlots "Absolutely Improve with Age"

Take a wine of a certain age, open it, & taste it over a 2-day period. Not many can pass that test as this [2003 Merlot] did..."

Paul Gregutt, Unfined & Unfiltered - PaulGregutt.com, July 14 2013

Rating90 Points

Wine Advocate Reviews 2010 Merlot

"...a deep, rich bouquet of smoked plums, leafy herbs, charred wood & anise seed ...it dishes out plenty of pleasure..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2013

RatingSilver Medal

2010 Merlot Awarded Silver Medal by Central WA Wine Competition

Forgeron Cellars 2010 Columbia Valley Merlot takes Silver @ the 1st Annual "Art of Wine" Competition.

Rating18.5+/20 Points

Rand Sealey calls 2010 Merlot "Aromatic, Flavorful, Fine"

"As an aromatic, flavorful "old/new world" Merlot, this gets a plus."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, June 2013 

RatingSilver Medal

2010 Merlot Awarded Silver Medal by Sunset Magazine 2013 International Wine Competition

Rating"Wine of the Week"

Wicked Cellars selects 2009 Merlot "Wine of the Week" May 5-11, 2013

"...the score from Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast - 93 points! The highest score given to a Merlot in his report on NorthWest Wines for 2012."

Rating4/5 Stars (Excellent)

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2009 Merlot

"The mouthfeel is luxurious & rich with ripe fruit flavors & fine grained tannins..."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012

Rating93 Points "Cellar Selection"

Wine Enthusiast rates 2009 Merlot a "Cellar Selection"

"Licorice, smoke and deep cassis flavors all contribute to an intense, seductive wine..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 31 2012

Full Pull Wines Calls 2009 Merlot "A Merlot for Adults"

"...Marie-Eve Gilla is a Merlot trainer extraordinaire.. she has a clear affinity for this Bordelaise varietal..."

Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, November 2012

Rating88 Points

Stephen Tanzer Reviews 2007 Klipsun Merlot

"Good bright medium red.  Red fruits, smoke and menthol on the nose..."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 165, November/December 2012

Rating#52 / 100

Seattle Times rates 2009 Merlot #52 in Top 100 of 2012

The Seattle Times' 7th Annual Wine Adviser Top 100 list focuses exclusively on  Oregon & Washington wines.

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2009 Merlot

"The true-to-variety flavors are generous and mouth filling, yet focused, underlain with notes of Swiss chocolate, licorice, French roast and variegated minerals."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, September 2012   

Full Pull Wines Reviews 2008 Merlot

"...there’s some nice, dusty tannins on the back end, offering a touch of grip & a sense of seriousness."

Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, March 2012

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2008 Merlot

"The true to variety flavors are redolent of dark roasted fruits, cocoa powder, licorice, cola and coffee bean."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, January 2012   

Rating91+ Points

The Wine Advocate Awards 2007 Klipsun Merlot 91+ Points

"...a medium to full-bodied, structured, potentially complex Merlot with savory flavors, ripe tannins, & a lengthy finish."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

Rating90+ Points

The Wine Advocate Rates 2008 Merlot 90+ Points

"Notes of balsam wood, Asian spices, violets, cassis, & black currant compose the bouquet of this structured, medium-bodied, elegant Merlot."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

Rating90 Points

2006 Merlot Reviewed by Wine Enthusiast

"...black fruits, dark toast, smoke & a vein of roasted espresso running through the finish."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011

Rating91 Points

Wine Enthusiast reviews 2004 Klipsun Merlot

"Dark, dense & lush with rock, cracked pepper, Bing cherries, streaks of spice & mocha..."

-Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 2009

2004 Klipsun Merlot Full Pull Review

"...experience the purity of black-cherry fruit & the hints of mineral, tar, & tobacco..."

Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, January 2011

2005 Merlot Review from Full Pull Wines

"...a wonderful example of what Washington can do with Merlot ...The purity & clarity are noteworthy..."

 Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, November 2010

Rating91 Points

Wine Enthusiast Review - 2005 Merlot

'The style is deep, dark, laced with graphite, and definitely built for long term cellaring.'

Wine Enthusiast, November 2010, Paul Gregutt 

Rating#75/100

2004 Klipsun Merlot makes Paul Gregutt's "Top 100 Wines" 2009

Forgeron Cellars Klipsun Merlot found its home at #75 of Paul Gregutt's Top 100 Wines.

RatingBronze Medal

2004 Klipsun Merlot takes Bronze @ Renaud Society Blind Wine Competition

2004 Merlot Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain - Bronze Medal

The Renaud Society, a society of medical professionals with an interest in better health & a passion for wine, were the proud sponsors of this event.

Rating92 Points

Wine Advocate awards 2004 Klipsun Merlot 92 Points

"Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it exhibits a smooth texture, excellent depth & grip, plenty of savory fruit, & some incipient complexity."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, November 2009

Rating90 Points

The Wine Advocate rates 2004 Boushey Merlot 90 Points

"...a plush texture, good depth, & spicy red and black fruits...a long, pure finish..."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, August 2007

Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine™

"It was dense, with concentrated dark berries & more dark cocoa & spice to follow, while all along leaving a silky mouth feel."

 Catie McIntyre Walker, "North vs. South" Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine™, March 2009

Rating90 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2003 Merlot

"...Dense & beautifully concentrated...opens with round plum, cassis & black cherry fruit..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2008

RatingBronze Medal

2004 Boushey Merlot takes Bronze @ National Women's Wine Competition

2004 Boushey Vineyard Merlot - Bronze Medal

 National Women’s Wine Competition, March 2007

Northwest Palate Reviews 2002 Merlot

“The juicy berry-filled finish would well complement a juicy pan-seared pepper steak...”

 Northwest Palate Magazine, January/February 2006

RatingOutstanding

Tri Cities Herald Reviews 2002 Merlot

"Incredibly, the palate mirrors the aromatics, focusing on the cherries with a finesse that carries through to a rich & delicious finish..."

 Tri-City Herald, December 5, 2006

Rating2006 Top 100 WA Wine

2004 Boushey Merlot makes Seattle Times "Top 100 Washington Wines"

2004 Boushey Vineyard Merlot: #67 / 100

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, December 2006

RatingOutstanding

Wine Press NorthWest declares 2002 Merlot "Outstanding"

"...plums, pomegranates, maraschino cherry & cigar tobacco...a bit of smoky bacon fat..."

 Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2006

Rating3 Stars "Best Value"

Decanter Magazine Rates 2002 Merlot "Best Value"

"The climate aids the stunning quality of Walla Walla Merlot & they’re gaining a reputation for their cellar-worthiness & incredible acidity & balance."

 Decanter Magazine, January 2006

Seattle Times finds 2001 Merlot "Sexy"

"Beautifully aged, drinking perfectly...supple..."

 Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, March 30 2005

Food & Wine Magazine Reviews 2001 Merlot

"...an exceptionally smooth mingling of black cherry, vanilla & cocoa flavors.”

 Food and Wine Magazine, October 2004

Rating89+/89+ Points

Wine Lovers Page reviews 2001 Merlot

"...well-balanced...lively acidity...firm tannins..."

Dr Randy Buckner, Wine Lovers Page, May 23, 2003

Syrah

Rating19/20 Points

Rand Sealey Praises, Rates 2011 Les Collines Syrah 19/20 Points

"Deep ruby-colored... suave, yet vigorous... bright fruit acids."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, November 2014

Rating19/20 Points

Rand Sealey Finds 2010 Boushey Syrah "Classic"

"...well-structured classic Syrah... flavors are deep & well-saturated..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, April 2014

Rating19/20 Points

Rand Sealey finds 2010 Les Collines Syrah "Impressive"

"...an impressive rendition of Les Collines Syrah... sensuous... intense..."

J. Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines, January 2014

Rating"Excellent"

WA Wine Report finds 2010 Boushey Syrah "A Textbook Example, Excellent"

"...aromatically appealing with cocoa, mineral, blue & black fruit, black pepper, smoked meat...silky..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating"Excellent"

WA Wine Report deems 2010 Les Collines Syrah "Aromatically Distinct, Excellent"

"Very aromatically distinct...with herbs, citrus peel, dry chocolate, & crushed violets..".

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013

Rating92 Points "Editors Choice"

2010 Les Collines Syrah a Wine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice"

"...a fascinating wine sure to provide an evening’s pleasure...with excellent concentration & length..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

Rating90 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2010 Boushey Syrah

"...a core of pomegranate & cassis. Threads of licorice, coffee grounds & liquid smoke..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

Rating91 Points

I-WineReview.com rates 2010 Les Collines Syrah 91 Points

"...earthy aromas of black fruit & tapenade...densely concentrated fruit with ripe flavors..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating90 Points

90 Points for 2010 Boushey Syrah from Int'l Wine Review

"...aromas of dark berries, spice, & chocolate...red & black fruit with earth notes, excellent balance & a long finish."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

RatingGold Medal

2010 Les Collines Syrah takes Gold @ 1st Annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

A new wine competition specifically for wineries located within the Walla Walla Valley.

Great Northwest Wines, June 2013

Rating92 Points

Wine Advocate Applauds 2010 Les Collines Syrah

"...richness & depth on the palate with beautiful ripeness, a layered texture & a focused finish...supple & already delicious..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2013

Rating89 Points

Wine Advocate Reviews 2010 Boushey Syrah

"...a pretty, complex bouquet of black fruits, black olive, charred beef...notable freshness & a clean finish..."

The Wine Advocate, June 2013

Rating2nd Place

2010 Les Collines Syrah places 2ND at 12th Annual Sexy Syrah @ Salty's 2013

Rating19/20 Points

Review of Washington Wines Praises 2009 Syrah

"...The ripe dark fruits are thick & mouth-caressing...Delivers a lot of flavor for the price."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, February 2013

Rating4/5 Stars (Excellent)

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2009 Syrah

"A very delicious, understated wine."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012 

Rating"Excellent"

Wine Press Northwest Reviews 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah

"This delicious Syrah opens with aromas of blackberries, black tea & mint chocolate..."

Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2012

Rating* (Excellent)

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2007 Syrah

"Mineral, light smoke, chocolate, spice, blueberry, and light earth notes. The palate is rich and opulent with a dense core of fruit and a velvety texture."

Sean P Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, December 20, 2011

Rating19/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2008 Les Collines Syrah

"Deep ruby colored, it offers an intense nose of raspberries, blackberries, black currants, dried roses, lavender & smoldering incense."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2011

Rating91 points

The Wine Advocate Reviews 2008 Syrah with 91 Points

"The flavors are ripe & succulent, the wine's balance impeccable."

Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

Rating93 Points

The Wine Advocate Dubs 2008 Les Collines Syrah "Gripping, Concentrated"

"..displays outstanding grip, mouth-coating flavors & superb length." 93 Points

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

2008 Les Collines Syrah beautifully showcases WW Valley

"Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla consistently produces lovely, balanced wine..."

John Vitale,Tasting Room Magazine, Fall 2011

Rating"Highly Recommended"

NW Wine Anthem calls 2008 Les Collines Syrah a "Stunner"

"...a stunner...a finish that can be measured in minutes not seconds. This wine is really dynamite & highly recommended."

Clive Pursehouse, NWWineAnthem.com, August 23, 2011

2008 Les Collines Syrah Woos with Intense Flavors

"...compact, intense flavors of dark berry, cassis, bittersweet cocoa & a hint of black pepper."

Dan Radil, The Bellingham Herald, August 16th, 2011

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey - Reviews Forgeron's 2007 Syrah

"The dark fruit flavors are well saturated, with undertones of scorched earth, minerals, dark chocolate & licorice."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, March 2011  

100 Best Washington Wines - 2005 Syrah

"...at $30 it's a high-value way to see what makes Boushey bottles so distinctive. Nose is marked by light berries, pepper, & game along with a healthy dose of chocolate & earth."

Sean P Sullivan, Seattle Met Magazine, September 2010

RatingGold Medal

2004 Boushey Syrah gets a "Sexy Syrah" Gold at Salty's

Our 2004 Boushey Syrah earned a Gold Medal in the "100% Syrah" category.

2005 Columbia Valley Syrah

"...The wine’s color of dark violet-ruby is a clue to the upcoming rich aromas & flavors."

Chuck Hill, March 2010

Valentine's Day Tips from the WW Union Bulletin

"Syrah can complement hearty stews, or grilled & braised meats, & is delicious paired with chocolate..."

Catie McIntyre Walker, WW Union-Bulletin, February 10, 2010

Rating 9-9.5/10

Vinography recognizes 2004 Boushey Syrah @ Taste Washington! 2009

RatingBronze Medal - #3 of 51

2004 Boushey Syrah takes Bronze @ 8th Annual "Sexy Syrah"

"...The 2004 Boushey Syrah does a wonderful job of showing what this vineyard can do with Syrah..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report

Rating2007 Top 100 WA Wines

Seattle Times Review: 2003 Syrah

Paul Gregutt’s "Top 100 Washington State Wines For 2007"

Wines Northwest Review: 2003 Syrah

"Marie-Eve Gilla worked her magic with Syrah...& created a wine that shows power with restraint & finishes with impeccable structure."

Chuck Hill, www.winesnw.com, June 2007

Rating91 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2003 Syrah

"...just the right mix of citrus, pepper, smoke, spice, acid, toast & tannin."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2007

Rating91 Points

Wine Enthusiast Review: 2003 Syrah

"...just the right mix of citrus, pepper, smoke, spice, acid, toast & tannin..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2007

Rating"Pick of the Week"

2003 Syrah: Seattle Post-Intelligencer's "Wine of the Week"

"...deep, rich aromas & flavors...a great wine for the hearty fare we begin craving this time of year."

Richard Kinssies, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 2007

Seattle Times Reviews 2003 Syrah

"Fragrant & loaded with spice...a lovely mix of citrus, pepper, smoke, spice, acid, toast & tannin..."

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, June 6, 2007

Rating"Excellent"

Washington CEO Magazine Reviews 2003 Syrah

"Best of Washington Wines 2007"

 Washington CEO Magazine, March 2007

Wine Lover loves 2002 Syrah

"This is a lush, fruity wine with soft tannins. Nice meaty aromas & flavors are augmented by blackberries & blueberries, finishing seamlessly."

Randy Buckner, "2006 Spring Releases" wineloverspage.com, June 2006

RatingSilver Medal

2002 Syrah earns Silver from Dallas Morning News

2002 Columbia Valley Syrah takes Silver Medal

Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, January 2006

Rating92 Points "Excellent"

Wine Review Online Reviews 2002 Syrah

"This extremely impressive wine packs a real punch, with very deep flavors based on dark fruit notes..."

 Michael Franz, winereviewonline.com, October 25 2005

Santé Magazine Reviews 2002 Syrah

"...aromas of rich red & black fruit, toasty oak, vanilla & coconut..."

 Santé Magazine, October 2005

San Francisco Chronicle Reviews 2002 Syrah

“Tasty nose with smoky meat, earth & mineral notes: blackberry, plum, licorice, dried herb & spice flavors. Finishes with sweet vanilla oak & firm acidity.”

San Francisco Chronicle, December 2004

Rating91 points

2001 Syrah delivers the goods, says Wine Enthusiast

"...quintessential Washington Syrah...delivers, in spades, everything you want..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2004

Rating"Simply Sensational"

Seattle Times Raves about 2001 Syrah

"Here is everything you want in syrah..."

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times "Wine Adviser", October 28 2003

Rating"Exceptional"

Northwest Palate finds 2001 Syrah "Exceptional"

"Deep aromas... Lush, mouth-filling flavors... Long, opulent finish..."

Northwest Palate magazine, July/August 2003

RatingSilver Medal

Silver Medal for 2001 Syrah

2003 L.A. County Fair Wine Awards

Rating91/91 Points

2001 Syrah "Terrific" & "Lovely"

"...terrific structure, balance, & depth..."

Dr Randy Buckner, Wine Lovers Page, May 23, 2003

Vinfinity Reserve

Rating"Excellent"

Washington Wine Report Reviews 2007 Vinfinity

"Appealing aromas of mocha, cherry, & spice. The palate is tart, tight, & flavorful with firm tannins & elegant fruit flavors."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, January 2012

Rating90 points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2007 Vinfinity Reserve

"A true Bordeaux-style blend very dark in color, aroma, & flavor, with black cherry  & cassis fruit dominating."

-Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011

Rating93 Points

The Wine Advocate awards 2007 Vinfinity 93 Points

"Medium-bodied, elegant and intensely flavored, it conceals enough fine-grained tannin to merit another 5-6 years of cellaring."

Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011

Rating91 Points - #93 of 100

2007 Vinfinity among top 100 Washington Wines

"The palate is loaded with red fruit flavors & grippy, chalky tannins."

Sean Sullivan, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, September 2011

Rating19/20 Points

2007 Vinfinity earns high marks with Rand Sealey

"...a mouth-encompassing palate that is mixed with notes of black licorice, dark chocolate, French roast & mocha."

 Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, June 2011

Local Walla Walla Columnist Reviews 2002 Vinfinity

"...a wonderful plushy red wine laden with millions of chocolate ribbons dripping in spice and berries – definitely a wine to watch for!"

 *Judith Henderson, “Pride on the Eastern Side”

Northwest Palate Reviews 2002 Vinfinity

"...a spicy, toasty nose, a palate bursting with black cherry fruit, & a lingering, balanced finish."

 Northwest Palate, May/June 2007

RatingRecommended

Wine Press Northwest Review: 2002 Vinfinity

“This blend of Cab, Merlot and Syrah offers dusty cherries and strawberry-rhubarb notes. Try with duck confit or Beef Bourguignon.”

Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2007

Rating96 Points

Atlanta Wine School rates 2001 Vinfinity 96 Points

"Perfect elegance, grace & power. Brava!!!"

 Jane Garvey, Atlanta Wine School, September 2006

RatingSilver Medal

2006 Northwest Wine Summit awards 2002 Vinfinity Silver Medal

Northwest Wine Summit, Summer 2006

RatingRecommended

Wine Press Northwest Reviews 2001 Vinfinity

“Intense nose of blackberries, cassis & notes of licorice..."

Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2006

Walldeaux Smithie

RatingTop 10 under $20

Walldeaux Smithie Tops Wild 4 Washington Wine's "Top 10 Under $20" List

"Best food wine out there..."

William Pollard Jr., Wild 4 Washington Wine, 2012

RatingRecommended

Wild 4 Washington Wine "Wild" for Walldeaux Smithie

"...a superior, reasonably-priced red wine. Marie-Eve has successfully crafted an homage to Walla Walla & Bordeaux."

William Pollard Jr, Wild 4 Washington Wine, March 2012

Chuck Hill Wine Review of the Walldeaux Smithie

"...complex character on both nose & palate with cherry & floral perfume leading to flavors of earthy plum & cranberry."

 Chuck Hill, www.WinesNW.com, October 2010

Wino Magazine Online Reviews Walldeaux Smithie

"...Yum, juicy, thick, tasty, value..."

Dave Bender, Wino Magazine Online, May 2010

RatingBest Bordeaux-Style Red Blend

Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend by Washington Wine Awards April 2009

"An excellent value, this is full of plum & deep cherry flavors & shows fresh acidity...against a backbone of soft tannins."

 Victoria Lahti, "Washington Wine Awards" Seattle Magazine, April 2009

Seattle Metropolitan Reviews NV Waldeaux Smithie

"This beauty shows what good winemakers can do when they have the flexibility to blend many grape varieties from distinct vintages into one bottle."

Wine Press Northwest Reviews NV Anvil Red Table Wine

"3 vintages make this blend...rich & creamy on the palate with bittersweet chocolate in the finish."

 Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2007

Rating"Outstanding"

Wine Press NW rates NV Anvil Red Table Wine "Outstanding"

"...Marie-Eve Gilla makes this wine for special occasions with friends, then prices it for everyday drinking..."

 Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Summer 2006

Zinfandel

Rating91 Points

2011 Zinfandel awarded 91 Points by Wine Advocate

"...loads of spice...full-bodied, rich, voluptuous..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

Rating89 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2011 Zinfandel

"...good focus...medium depth...sleek & moderate..."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

Rating"Excellent"

2011 Zinfandel is "Excellent" says WA Wine Report

"No winery consistently does [Zinfandel & Primitivo] better in the Northwest..."

Sean P Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, April 30, 2014

Rating18.5/20 Points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2011 Zinfandel

"...full-bodied red fruit flaovrs are ripe & vivid..."

J Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, April 2014

Rating89 Points

I-WineReview.com gives 2010 Zindandel 89 Points

"Ripe, strong black berry & cherry...hints of anise, raspberry liqueur & peppery flavors..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Rating89 Points

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2010 Zinfandel

"Zinfandel has been a Forgeron specialty for the past decade."

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 31 2012

Washington Tasting Room Profiles 2010 Zinfandel

"Firm & structured, vibrant..."

Washington Tasting Room, Winter 2012/2013

Rating18.5/20 points

Rand Sealey Reviews 2010 Zinfandel

"...The dark fruits lift up on the back, with notes of macerated berries, orange peel, hazelnut and burnt charcoal..."

Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, November 2012

Rating19/20 points

Rand Sealy Reviews 2007 Zinfandel

"...deep garnet color & a spicy, peppery nose of blackberry, cherry, dried orange peel & cassis, with whiffs of spiced incense & burnt brambles."

Rand Sealy, Review of Washington Wines, November 2011

2007 Zinfandel "Dark, Brooding, Complex"

"...dark & brooding...a long lasting finish. Lots of complexity..."

Clive Pursehouse, NW Wine Anthem, August 29 2011

2007 Zinfandel Stuns Bellingham Writer with Style & Elegance

"...dense and concentrated, with notes of blackberry and black cherry, along with a whisper of spice and dark chocolate."

Dan Radil, The Bellingham Herald, August 16, 2011

Rating92 points

November 2010 Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2006 Zinfandel

"A candidate for the best Zinfandel in Washington..."

 Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, November 2010

The Oregon Wine Blog is a Fan of Forgeron Zinfandel

"I have said it on Twitter & I'll say it again here: her Zinfandel is 1 of my top 2 wine discoveries of 2010."

Clive Pursehouse, The Oregon Wine Blog, November 2010

2006 Zinfandel Review by Chuck Hill of WineNorthwest.com

"...lip-smacking black cherry, blackberry, plummy, ripe fig, raisiny contributions. Full tilt wines require full tilt foods..."

Chuck Hill, WinesNorthwest.com, September 2010

The Spokesman Review: Washington Zins make a Splash

"For the first time it's made as a pure varietal & the mix of vineyard sources, from the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, & Walla Walla Valley AVAs, shows just how much interest there now is in growing the grape..

Paul Gregutt, The Spokesman Review, August 2009

RatingWine of the Week

2005 Zin makes Wines Northwest's "Wine of the Week"

"...Aromas of blackberry, anise, baking spice & pepper. Flavors of ripe cherry & toasty oak frame the palate & make for a lip-smacking time..."

Chuck Hill, Wines Northwest, August 2009

Spring Release Weekend 2009

"...perhaps the best Zinfandel being made in the state..."

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, June 30 2009

Zinfandels with Zing!

Some of the best zinfandels I have tasted recently came — rather surprisingly...from Washington.

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, June 2009

RatingOutstanding

Wine Press NW Reviews 2005 Zinfandel as "Outstanding"

"...She has been producing Zin for Forgeron since 2002, & this is her finest effort to date..."

 Andy Perdue, "Little Italy" Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2008

Esquin Wine Merchants Reviews 2005 Zinfandel

"One look at this amazing dark plum color in your glass & you will know this is going to be exquisite..."

 Jeff Fournier, Esquin Wine Merchants, May 2008

RatingWine of the Week

Wines Northwest Reviews 2004 Zinfandel

...classic synthesis of varietals with jammy blackberry & pepper (Zinfandel) melding with anise & blueberry (Syrah)...”

 Chuck Hill, Wines Northwest "Wines of the Week", January 2007

Dallas Morning News Review: 2002 Zinfandel

Dallas Morning News, March 2005

Rating"Simply Sensational"

Seattle Times deems 2001 Zinfandel "Delicious"

"...delicious...fills the mouth..."

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times "Wine Adviser", October 28 2003

RatingSilver medal

Silver Medal for 2001 Zinfandel

2003 Washington State Wine Competition

Rating89/89 Points

2001 Zinfandel a "fun wine to drink"

"...lingers on and on."

Dr Randy Buckner, Wine Lovers Page, May 23, 2003