Details at a Glance
Blend: 98% Chardonnay -- 2% Orange Muscat
Appelation: Columbia Valley
Bottled: June 4, 2010
Barrel Regime: 100% French Oak, 1/3 new & 2/3 used
Total Production: 484 cases
Prices: /bottle  $/case
We use multiple vineyards in our quest to produce our very unique, consistent, signature Chardonay. By sourcing from many terroirs--some cooler and some warmer-- we can consistently craft the complex, rich and full-bodied, but also deliciously crisp and refreshing, Chardonay we are so famous for.
37% Crawford Vineyard ~ Yakima Valley
33% Underwood Mountain ~ Columbia Gorge, North of Hood River
28% Olsen Vineyard ~ Yakima Valley
2% Weinbau Vineyard ~ Wahluke Slope, Close to Mattawa
Wow! This rich Chardonnay takes white peach and mango to the next level! Possessing a nose that kicks things off with clean, bright aromas of mineral and peach, it is balanced witht the pretty acids of pear, star fruit and melon flavors. Exceptional Burgundian winemaking techniques result in this exceptional wine --our 2009 Chardonnay is extraordinary, possessing complicated richness balanced perfectly by acidity and stony minerals. Bringing to mind a languid afternoon picnic, it's zesty tang is followed by elaborate layers of tropical fruits and pears. Smaller case production than previous vintages makes this sought after chardonnay even more precious!
Rich Salmon Risotto or scallops are a perfect compliment for our 2009 Chardonnay. As a more casual pairing, we reccomend roast chicken or 4-cheese Macaroni and Cheese.
Marie-Eve Gilla, Winemaker
"Complexity, power and consistency have been the hallmarks fo Forgeron Cellars Chardonnay for many years. Marie-Eve Gilla selects fruit from diverse Columbia Valley Vineyards and gives it the spa treatment in 100% French Oak, 1/3 new. Zesty aromas of stone fruits, pineapple, mineral and vanilla lead to a mouth-filling palate of creamy butter and toast with ripe tropical fruit flavors and a finish of citrus and vanilla." -Chuck Hill, Wine Review
"91 Points" -Paul Greggut, April 2011 Wine Enthusiast
"18.5/20 Points" -Rand Sealy, April 2011 Review of Washington WinesTweet