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Impulse Wine Offer & Review - BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnay

"...added value factor...fantastic, everyday drinking Chardonnay."

Yashar Shayan,, July 29, 2014

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BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnay

Fellow wine lovers, we can all use a little bit of luck, and while Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla could be said to have plenty of it, it’s more than just luck which makes her wines outstanding. 

Forgeron is the French for Blacksmith, and they named the winery so because it is operated out of the former site of an old blacksmith shop in Walla Walla. When they acquired the property they found within it hundreds of horseshoes, which they promptly buried in the foundation to bring them good luck. 

Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla, Paris born, has a Masters in Enology from the University of Dijon, in Burgundy – where better to learn the ins and outs of Chardonnay. She’s been making wine in the Northwest since 1991, and at Forgeron her aim has always been, “blending an Old World perspective with the pioneering spirit of Walla Walla.” 

Today, it’s us who are the lucky ones...

BlackSmith 2012 Chardonnay $13.99 (Regularly $20)

Great at its original $20, made even better at 30% off, the BlackSmith wines are the little brother to their main Forgeron label (below), bringing similar quality in winemaking with added value factor with this fantastic, everyday drinking Chardonnay. 

This is a blend of vineyards including Kestrel and Weinbau Vineyards, and is 94% Chardonnay with just a small 6% hint of Roussanne, which adds extra depth and hint of stone fruit. Compared to the Forgeron Chardonnay, it’s a bit lighter and more austere, with just 11% new French oak, the rest being neutral. The nose has tropical hints of pineapple and fresh citrus, the palate is light and crisp with lemon, just a kiss of oak, and hints of apricot and cantaloupe melon. Only 443 cases were made. 

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State 
Vineyards: Kestrel, Lonesome Springs, Four Lakes Vineyard, Weinbau 
Grapes: 94% Chardonnay 6% Roussanne 
Aging: 100% French Burgundian Oak, 11% new, 89% neutral 
Drinkability: Now – 2016 
Body: Medium/Light 
Alcohol: 14.2% by volume 
Press: Listed in Seattle Magazine’s August 2014 issue as one of the top value Chardonnay 
Food Pairings: Tilapia, Clams 
Production: 443 cases