Vineyard Shot

Wine Making

Marie and Dick laughing in the vineyard

Boushey Vineyards

Dick Boushey produces some of the finest wine grapes in Washington & we proudly source from 3 of his vineyards.

 

Boushey’s 60-acre vineyard is located on the outskirts of Grandview & is highly allocated to more than 20 wineries. Because the Yakima Valley is cooler than Red Mountain to the East & Wahluke Slope to the North, Dick Boushey is able to let his grapes hang a few weeks longer, accumulating complex flavors without over-ripening. The "Home Place" Merlot block next to the Boushey’s home, planted in 1993, is grown exclusively for Forgeron Cellars where the soil is poor & rocky, providing concentrated grapes. The Forgeron Syrah & Merlot blocks were planted in 1997.

The elevation at the highest point of Boushey Vineyard (Birdhouse) is 1400 feet with soil consisting of silt loam, windblown loess & deposits from the Missoula floods, all on top of fractured basalt. Mild temperatures, layered soils & longer hanging times add great phenolic ripeness. The wines made from these grapes are well-balanced (lower alcohol, better acidity) & offer a very pure expression of fruit. The Road Block is at 1200 feet with roughly the same soil composition.

Marie-Eve comments: One of Forgeron's favorite vineyards, it produces very elegant fruit; the colder site allows lots & lots of cherry & black currant flavors.