Accolades for Forgeron Cellars
WA Wine Report finds Marie-Eve's Wines Display Deft, Feminine Touch
"The latest wines from Marie-Eve...include some fascinating wrinkles, but still displays her deft, feminine touch..."
Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013
The latest wines from winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla at Forgeron Cellars include some fascinating wrinkles. Typically Gilla has made a Columbia Valley designated Syrah that includes a significant portion from Boushey Vineyard. For the 2010 vintage, Gilla made instead 2 vineyard designated Syrahs – one from Boushey Vineyard & the other from Les Collines. “I liked them both,” Gilla said simply. The 2 wines provide textbook examples of the contrasts between these 2 top Syrah sites.
The current wines also include a new, reserve level-style wine from Forgeron. Named ANVIL, the wine is half Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, & the rest a whopping 20% Petit Verdot. For the fruit, Gilla sources from exceptional sites including Pepper Bridge, Dionysus, & Boushey.
“It’s the most masculine of the wines I make!” Gilla says. While true, the wine still displays her deft, feminine touch.
Forgeron Cellars Ambiance White Wine Columbia Valley 2012 $25
(Good) A moderately aromatic wine with apricot, honeysuckle, floral notes, ripe pear, & light oak spices. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh & fruit filled with tart flavors. 38% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, 23% Marsanne, & 16% Grenache Blanc. Francesca, Crawford, & Boushey vineyards. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.1% alcohol. 322 cases produced.
Forgeron Cellars Merlot Columbia Valley 2010 $30
(Excellent) A captivating wine with red currant, cocoa, barrel spices, & a kiss of licorice. The palate has a soft, velvety mouthfeel with chewy tannins light bitters on the finish (in a good way!). Give at least one year. 100% Merlot. Olsen, StoneTree, & Boushey vineyards. Aged in French (87%) & American oak (40% new). 14.2% alcohol. 338 cases produced.
Forgeron Cellars Sangiovese Boushey Vineyard 2010 $25
(Good) An aromatically appealing wine with cranberries, dark raspberries, & chocolate. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with tart, bright acids. 100% Sangiovese. Aged in French oak (50% new). 14.1% alcohol. 154 cases produced.
Forgeron Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010 $35
(Good/Excellent) Aromatically appealing with barrel spices, sweet herbs, earth, & cocoa. The palate is medium bodied, tart with grainy tannins. Needs some time to stretch its legs but a very pretty wine. 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec. Pepper Bridge, Dionysus, & StoneTree vineyards. Aged in French oak (41% new). 14.4% alcohol. 464 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
Forgeron Cellars Syrah Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley 2010 $30
(Excellent) An aromatically appealing wine with cocoa, mineral, blue & black fruit, black pepper, smoked meat, & some of the famous Boushey funk. The palate is subdued & silky, on the lighter side of medium bodied but with a lot of texture, barrel notes, & fresh, vibrant acidity that draws it out to a lingering finish. 100% Syrah. Aged in French oak (50% new). 14.1% alcohol. 148 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
Forgeron Cellars Syrah Les Collines Walla Walla Valley 2012 $46
(Excellent) Very aromatically distinct from the Boushey with herbs, citrus peel, dry chocolate, & crushed violets. The palate is medium bodied, very soft & velvety with blueberry flavors & tart acidity. Not for all comers but a very pretty wine. 100% Syrah. Aged in French (60%) & Hungarian oak (34% new). 14.5% alcohol. 100 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
Forgeron Cellars ANVIL Red Wine Columbia Valley 2009 $56
(Excellent) Draws you into the glass with complex notes of dusty chocolate, earth, herbs, cherry, vanilla, & kisses of licorice. A very pretty wine a lot of elegance but still with some heft to the fruit & tannins. Give some time to open up. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Pepper Bridge, Dionysus), 30% Merlot (Boushey), & 20% Petit Verdot (Dionysus). Aged in French oak (64% new). 14.3% alcohol. 239 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report "WW Valley Report 2013, Part I", October 28 2013Tweet