Accolades for Chardonnay
"Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine" rates Forgeron Chardonnay "Best of Walla Walla 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
18.5/20 points- Forgeron's 2009 Chardonnay earns high praise from Rand Sealy 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
National Women's Wine Competition Gold Medalist
Gold Medal winner National Women’s Wine Competition, March 2007
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
Pike & Western Wine Shop Reviews 2007 Chardonnay
"This is a deliciously rich, gluttonous bottle of wine..."
Michael Teer, Pike & Western, August 2010
Rand Sealey - Review of Washington Wines on Forgeron's 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
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
San Francisco Wine International Competition
Silver Medal - 2006 Forgeron Cellars Chardonnay
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
Seattle Met Recognizes 2009 Chardonnay "Vigneron Select" as "Top 20" Washington White Wines
"... includes 2% orange muscat to lift the aromatics."
Seattle Times Review: 2005 Chardonnay
Fresh, ripe citrus & green apple flavors are crisp & penetrating. It is a well-made Washington take on a good village Burgundy.
Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, June 6, 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
Stephen Tanzer reviews 2005 Chardonnay
“...Supple and spicy in the mouth..."
Stephen Tanzer reviews 2011 Chardonnay
"...Intensely flavored and smooth..."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Issue 165, November/December 2012
The Forgeron Cellars 2007 Chardonnay, no Château two by four!
"Drink now & often! A very good wine & at a moderate price point. Pairs wonderfully & easily with many food items..."
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
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
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
Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine
"Assertive apple and peach aromas lead to a mouthful of dense and creamy flavors."
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
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
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
Wine Enthusiast Rates 2006 Chardonnay 92 Points
"The fruit is solidly anchored in citrus, pear & peach. Lovely balance & fullness throughout." 92 Points
Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, August 2008
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
Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2004 Chardonnay
“Nice citrus & apple flavors wrap into a wine that is fresh, crisp & penetrating...”
Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 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
Wine Spectator Reviews 2007 Chardonnay
"Bright & refreshing...pear, peach & citrus flavors...90 Points!"
-Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, June 2010
Wine Spectator Reviews 2010 "Vigneron Select" Chardonnay
"... juicy with apple, pear and melon flavors...91 Points"
-Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012
Wine Spectator Reviews 2010 Chardonnay
"Offers style & finesse...91 Points"
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012
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
Wines Northwest Reviews 2004 Chardonnay
“Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla has a wonderful touch with Chardonnay."
Chuck Hill, www.winesnw.com, July 2006
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