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Accolades for Merlot

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

2004 Boushey Vineyard Merlot: #67 / 100

Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, December 2006

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

2004 Boushey Vineyard Merlot - Bronze Medal

 National Women’s Wine Competition, March 2007

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

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.

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.

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

2006 Merlot Reviewed by Wine Enthusiast

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

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011

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.

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

2011 Boushey Merlot named #67/100 Top Wines of 2014 by Great NW Wine

Fragrant dark fruits...intense, delicious flavors of blueberry compote & tart black cherry with pretty spice highlights...Nicely balanced with a lingering finish. This earned "Best Red Wine" of the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Andy Perdue, Great Northwest Wine, December 27, 2014

2011 Boushey Merlot wins "Best Red" GOLD Medal @ 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 Merlot review from Wine Advocate

"Sweet black cherries, dried spices, cedar wood and wild herbs all give way to a medium to full-bodied, rounded, ripe and seamlessly textured red that will impress for upward of a decade."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2015

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

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

Food & Wine Magazine Reviews 2001 Merlot

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

 Food and Wine Magazine, October 2004

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,, November 1 2013

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

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,, March 2012

Mark Takagi selects 2011 Boushey Merlot for his "Christmas Dream Case"

9 Pacific Northwest wine experts list their “Dream Christmas Case” of wine for 2014.

Andy Perdue,, December 19, 2014

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

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 -, July 14 2013

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 

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

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   

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   

Seattle Times finds 2001 Merlot "Sexy"

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

 Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, March 30 2005

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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

Wine Advocate calls 2011 Boushey Merlot "Terrific"

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

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #213, June 2014

Wine Advocate Reviews 2010 Merlot

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

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2013

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

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

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

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 

Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2003 Merlot

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

Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2008

Wine Lovers Page reviews 2001 Merlot

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

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

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

Wine Spectator reviews 2010 Merlot

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

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2013