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Accolades for Forgeron Cellars

Washington Wine Report's December 31, 2012 "Fresh Sheet" Focuses on Forgeron

"The current releases from Forgeron Cellars include what winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla says is, "Hands down the best Chardonnay I've made so far." I would agree... Meanwhile Forgeron's 2010 Late Harvest Riesling comes at a quality level seldom seen at this price & is a perfect way to offset the cold months ahead. Stock up."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012

"The current releases from Forgeron Cellars include what winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla says is, "Hands down the best Chardonnay I've made so far." I would agree. This is a beautifully constructed wine, with a creamy texture that plays off the lively acidity of the vintage.

Gilla has a clear passion for Chardonnay & is continually searching for better fruit sources. "I know this is going to sound very naïve but I want to make the best Chardonnay in Washington State, so I am always trying different vineyards," she says.

Meanwhile Forgeron's 2010 Late Harvest Riesling comes at a quality level seldom seen at this price & is a perfect way to offset the cold months ahead. Stock up.

2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $27
4.5/5 Stars (Excellent/Exceptional) Lightly aromatic with citrus peel, candle wax, toast, spice & a light floral lift. The palate has a rounded texture with creamy, pure fruit flavors energized by a streak of lemony acidity that runs from start to lingering finish. A gorgeous, refined expression of Chardonnay. 94% Chardonnay, 6% Orange Muscat. Weinbau, Kestrel, & Crawford vineyards. Aged in French oak (32% new). 818 cases produced.

2009 Merlot, Columbia Valley $30
4/5 Stars (Excellent) A classically Washington Merlot with raspberry jam & mocha along with peppermint & barrel spices. The mouthfeel is luxurious & rich with ripe fruit flavors & fine grained tannins leading to a vanilla & mint-filled finish. A very pretty, expressive wine that shows a fascinating mixture of boldness & elegance. 94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. Boushey (50%), StoneTree (44%), & Weinbau vineyards. Aged in French & American oak (35% new). 185 cases produced.

2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley $30
4/5 Stars (Excellent) An aromatic wine with licorice & dark spices, iron, earth, & violets. The palate is soft & sultry with dark fruit flavors accented by spice & buffeted by smooth tannins. A very delicious, understated wine. 96% Syrah & 4% Petit Sirah. Boushey (48%), Les Collines (48%), & StoneTree vineyards. Aged in French oak (45% new). 238 cases produced.

2010 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley $19
4/5 Stars (Excellent) An incredibly aromatic wine with apricot, citrus, & pear syrup. The palate is full & rich, beautifully balanced with acidity & full of pear flavors. 100% Riesling. Dionysus Vineyard. Fermented & aged in stainless. 281 cases produced."

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012

Sean P. Sullivan's Washingtion Wine Report can be viewed here.