Accolades for Chardonnay
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
Hello friends…Tasting Washington whites lately has been a fascinating exercise, because what’s on the market is combination of cool-vintage (2011) wines with an extra year of bottle age, & warm-vintage (2012) wines that are as youthful as can be. There are successes & failures in both camps. Of course, we taste the failures so you don’t have to. Here are…successes:
Marie-Eve Gilla (Forgeron’s winemaker) studied at the University of Dijon & worked at several Burgundian wineries before landing in Washington. To say that she has a comfort level with Chardonnay would be a gross understatement. Her Forgeron Chardonnays are consistently outstanding, always going toe-to-toe with the best Chardonnays produced in Washington, & always offered at tariffs well below those other stalwarts. Her aptitude with Chardonnay has really been on display during these 2 cooler (2010 & 2011) vintages, & this 2011 has been extremely well-received:
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan) ****/***** (Excellent/Exceptional).”
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): 92 Points
Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): 18.5/20 Points
That’s plenty...so I won’t add much, except to say that this is a deftly-balanced mix of fruit (green papaya & plantain & nectarine) & bread & earth, all on a mouthwatering frame that perfectly captures the vibrant potential of the cooler vintage. It’s our resident Burgundian-Washingtonian at the peak of her creative powers.
Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, June 10 2013Tweet