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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

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Forgeron Cellars 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…

Forgeron Cellars 2012 Chardonnay $27.99 (Normally $35)

Their main label, Forgeron, includes a selection of well-made red and white wines which aspire to be elegant, graceful, and full of character. My favorite of their lineup every year is the Chard, and always has been since first tasting it back in 2008. 

Made extra complex by blending grapes from sites of varied climate, with warmer sights like The Benches Vineyard of the Horse Heaven Hills contributing riper tropical fruit flavors, while cooler sights such as Underwood Mountain Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge offer balancing acidity and minerality. Made with Washington fruit, honed by Marie-Eve’s French sensibilities, using 100% French Burgundian Oak barrel, 32% of which is new, and 68% used, giving it elegance and complexity, not unlike a White Burgundy. 

The nose is alive with notes of white peaches, freshly baked croissants, and hints of vanilla bean. The palate is medium-bodied, with rich texture and custard creaminess. It shows flavors of crunchy yellow apples, toasty grilled bread, bosque pears, and hint of butterscotch and toasted hazelnuts. 

Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast Magazine gives it 91 points, and Sean Sullivan of the Washington Wine Report gives it 4 out of 5 stars, a rating of “Excellent”, and calls it, “An aromatically alluring wine with pear, toasty spices, peach, and touches of tropical fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, rich and ripe but avoids going over the top, maintaining well balanced acidity with an open finish.” 

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State 
Vineyard: Crawford, Kestrel, Upland, The Benches, Weinbau, Conner Lee, Underwood Mountain, Lonesome Springs 
Grape: 95% Chardonnay 5% Roussanne 
Aging: 100% French Burgundian Oak, 32% new 68% used 
Drinkability: Now-2018 
Body: Medium 
Alcohol: 14.1% by volume 
Drink This if you Like: White Burgundy, Meursault 
Press: 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast 
“Excellent” from Washington Wine Report 
Food Pairings: Halibut, Salmon, Grilled Chicken 
Production: 1014 cases