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Accolades for 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

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

2001 Chardonnay a "Gold Beauty"

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

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

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.

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

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 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

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

2011 Chardonnay a Top 5 Summer "Wine Pick" -

"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,, July/August 2013

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.

2012 Chardonnay awarded 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast

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

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

2012 Chardonnay deemed "Classy" by Wine Advocate

"Clean, classy and well made..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

2012 Chardonnay Takes DOUBLE GOLD @ 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
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.

2013 Chardonnay review from Wine Advocate

"...the 2013 Colombia Valley Chardonnay, which incorporates 4% Roussanne, has classic Chardonnay flair..."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2015

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

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

Full Pull Re-Offer "Glorious" 2011 Chardonnay

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

Paul Zitarelli,, January 24 2014

Full Pull Wines finds 2011 Chardonnay "Consistently Outstanding"

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

Paul Zitarelli,, June 10 2013

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,, July 29, 2014

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

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 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 declares 2012 Chardonnay "Delicious"

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

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

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 Chronicle Reviews 2006 Chardonnay

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

Lynne Char Bennett, San Francisco Chronicle, March 2008


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...crisp & penetrating...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

Seattle Times: 2006 Chardonnay "Best Yet"

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

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, March 2008

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2001 Chardonnay

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

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

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2005 Chardonnay

“...Supple and spicy in the mouth..."

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Fall 2006

Stephen Tanzer reviews 2011 Chardonnay

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

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

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

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

WA Wine Report deems 2012 Chardonnay "Excellent"

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

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

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

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

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

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...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 & melon flavors...91 Points"

-Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012

Wine Spectator Reviews 2010 Chardonnay

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

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2012

Wine Spectator Reviews 2011 Chardonnay

"Fresh & tangy..."

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, June 15 2013

Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Chardonnay

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

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, July 2014

Wine X Magazine awards 2006 Chardonnay 97 Points

Justwinepoints, Wine X Magazine, March 2008 says 2011 Chardonnay "Arguably One of the Best"

"It's classy, elegant..."

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

Wines Northwest Reviews 2004 Chardonnay

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

Chuck Hill,, 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,, March 15 2013