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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,, August 23 2013

FRIDAY'S FIND - August 23, 2013

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find". By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are at or under $20. We might also mean, "Hey, you really need to go find this", & it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending, we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine & try to help you track it down here in the Northwest...

...with wine, one should expect to pay for attention & care. Whether that's the fruit that's sourced from well tended vineyards, a craft-made, small lot production of wine is about attention & care. From the vineyard management practices to the hands on approach of a winemaker. There are examples of soundly made massive quantities of wine. Many of them however, are made to a certain formula. Real wine is not about formula, but rather expressing itself in the most proper sense, its terroir. To retain that signature terroir & produce wines at a value aimed price-point will land you right on the Anthem's Friday Find.

Marie-Eve Gilla is probably one of the nicest winemakers in Washington. Her signature wines, Forgeron Cellars, (French for blacksmith by the way) are reliable expressions of some of Washington's greatest vineyards. Stonetree, Boushey, & Les Collines. For Forgeron, the BlackSmith line is a real opportunity to offer wines at an under $20 price point that while blended, are going to give you a real sense of Washington in sum. The 2011 Red Blend is just such an example, & it's drinking excellent for $16 & sometimes far less on sale. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Petit Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Cab Franc. Quite the kitchen sink. It's also from some of those aforementioned vineyards, Boushey, Stonetree, Alder Ridge, Hightower Estate on Red Mountain, etc. 

The result is a great, young, easy drinking food wine. With this summer weather we're having throw it in the fridge for 15 minutes & pair it up with a freshly grilled burger. A mix of bright & ripe fruit & vanilla oak aromas lead you to a palate of raspberry, cherry & hints of cranberry. So lively & young & ready to be drunk right now. You can find the BlackSmith wines at Bin41 in West Seattle & Wine World in Seattle.

Clive Pursehouse,, August 23 2013