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Accolades for Forgeron Cellars

International Wine Review lauds Marie's wines of "Balance, Elegance, & Refinement"

"Her winemaking is French in orientation aimed at producing wines of balance, elegance & refinement…Among our favorite producers of Chardonnay..."

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013

Report #38: The Wines of Washington State

In 1970 Washington had just 1/2 a dozen commercial wineries; today it has almost 800 with 13 different AVAs. Washington is widely recognized for producing flavorful, superbly structured wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Syrah, & it's the country's largest producer of Riesling. We traveled there to get to know the state's famous vineyards, meet its talented winemakers, & taste over 500 wines. Read our report to learn why Washington wines are already so good & why they just keep getting better...

Although Riesling receives much of the critical acclaim, Washington actually produces more Chardonnay...Chardonnay is grown almost everywhere & is typically made in a judiciously oacked & fresh, almost steely style...Among our favorite producers of Chardonnay are:...Forgeron...

"Marie-Eve Gilla is winemaker at this Walla Walla winery established in 2001. Born in France & married to Gilles Nicault of Long Shadows, Marie-Eve has been making wine in Washington State since the early 1990s. Her winemaking is French in orientation aimed at producing wines of balance, elegance & refinement…the vineyard-designates all stood out.”

2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($27)

"A beautifully balanced, elegant wine with well-integrated oak, energetic acidity, & Burgundian finesse. Notes of fresh orchard fruit, lees, & a hint of floral orange citrus show on the nose & palate, the latter contributed by a dash of Orange Muscat. About half the fruit comes from the Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Aged 8 months in 32% new oak with frequent battonage. 91 Points"

2012 Ambiance, Columbia Valley ($25)

"Sumptuous, floral nose of honeydew, ripe peach, & honeysuckle spice, with the addition of sweet, pure white peach on a refined, creamy palate. The overall sensation is floral & spicy with exotic overtones. A blend of 38% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, 23% Marsanne, & 16% Grenache Blanc matured on neutral oak. 91 Points"

2010 Les Collines Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, ($30) - Release November 2013

"This vineyard-designated Syrah Les Collines displays an opaque purple color & has earthy aromas of black fruit & tapenade. It has densely concentrated fruit on the palate with ripe flavors & hints of new oak. Aged in 60% French oak & 40% Hungarian oak, it has soft, round tannins & a moderately fine finish. 91 Points"

2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley ($30) - Not yet released

"Only recently bottled the Barbera shows a black ruby color & delicious black berry & dark cherry aromas with a hint of violets. Although tight at the time of tasting, it is very stylish with bright sappy flavors, good extract, & a lot of alcohol on the finish. Very good. 91 Points"

2010 Boushey Syrah, Yakima Valley ($30)

"This Syrah exhibits aromas of dark berries, spice, & chocolate. On the palate it offers big flavors of red & black fruit with earth notes, excellent balance & a long finish. 90 Points"

2010 Boushey Sangiovese, Yakima Valley ($30) - Not yet released

"This Sangiovese from the Boushey Vineyards has a deep ruby color & very fresh cranberry & cherry fruit quite typical of the grape. Fresh & full of black cherry, leather, & herbal/mineral characteristics, although a bit tannic. 90 Points"

2010 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley ($30)

"Ripe, strong black berry & cherry are found on the nose. The palate is quite ripe with hints of anise, raspberry liqueur & peppery flavors. It is high in alcohol (14.8%) but fresh & not raisiny on the finish. 89 Points"

Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013