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Accolades for Cabernet Sauvignon

'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

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon "Highly Recommended"

"...big, complex, mouth-watering...", May 2003

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon earns Gold

The Dallas Morning News 23rd Annual Wine Competition, 2008

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon earns Silver in San Francisco

San Francisco International Wine Competition, June 15th, 2008

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

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

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

2004 Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon a "Fab Cab of the Pacific Northwest"

"...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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon deemed "Outstanding" by Wine Advocate

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

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

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.

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon review from Wine Advocate

"The 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is also outstanding..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2015

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Takes Silver @ 31st Annual TexSom Int'l Wine Competition

*Formerly Dallas Morning News International Wine Competition

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

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,, March 5th, 2012

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

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

NorthWest Wine Summit awards 2003 Pepper Bridge Cab a Silver

2003 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Medal Winner.

Rand Sealey Lauds 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

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

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

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

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,, November 2009

Black Label
Seattle Met rates 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon in 100 Best Washington Wines

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

Seattle Times Highly Recommends 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

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


Stephen Tanzer Reviews 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

The Tasting Panel reviews 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

"...good balance...”

The Tasting Panel Magazine, August 2008

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

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

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

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."

Wine Enthusiast rates 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon 92 Points

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

 Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, August 1, 2008

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

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Press Northwest deems 2009 Cabernet "Excellent"

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

 Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2013

Wine Spectator Reviews 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012

Wine Squire Reviews 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

" just want to drink it again & again."

 Shawn Dore,

Wine X Magazine awards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon 97 Points

Justwinepoints, Wine X Magazine, February 2008 scores 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points

"Full in the mouth with bright acidity, the bold flavors mirror the nose. Break out that Porterhouse!", Bucko's New Releases, November 2005