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Accolades for Zinfandel & Primitivo

The Spokesman Review: Washington Zins make a Splash

"For the first time it's made as a pure varietal & the mix of vineyard sources, from the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, & Walla Walla Valley AVAs, shows just how much interest there now is in growing the grape..

Paul Gregutt, The Spokesman Review, August 2009

Marie-Eve Gilla, who founded Forgeron Cellars in 2001, has been making zinfandel since her first vintage, especially surprising since she's a native of France, where no zinfandel exists. Last year, at a retrospective of her first six zin vintages, I asked her how she got started with the grape, and she confessed that "when we started with zinfandel the directors (of the winery) did not want us to do it; now they have a lot more faith in me. When I came in I was a younger woman, I wasn't from America; and it was hard for them. Now I have a lot more freedom to do what I want to do."

Forgeron's current zinfandel release is the 2005 ($30), with grapes from Alder Ridge, Clifton and Les Collines. For the first time it's made as a pure varietal and the mix of vineyard sources, from the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, and Walla Walla Valley AVAs, shows just how much interest there now is in growing the grape. The 2006, which I tasted out of the barrel, is even better.

 Paul Gregutt, The Spokesman Review, August 2009