Details at a Glance
Blend: 25% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 16% Lemberger, 14% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache
Appelation: Columbia Valley
Vineyards: 29% Boushey Vineyard (Rattlesnake Hills), 21% Alder Ridge Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills), 21% Ash Hollow (Walla Walla), 17% Stone Tree Vineyard (Wahluke Slope), 8% Dionysus (Wahluke Slope) and 4% Les Collines (Walla Walla)
Bottled: April 2012
Acidity: 0.61g/ 100mL
Total Production: 544 cases
Prices: $18/bottle  $194.4/case
Walldeaux Smithie is bold and juicy with a firm structure. The full flavors and smooth tannins suggest a new-world wine while its focus and balance, dark fruit and spice flavors are definitely reminiscent of old world Bordeaux.
"Walldeaux is a non-vintage blend for more consistency and density. Blending vintages allows a full tasting experience with complex layers from the “mature” vintage (2009 & 2010), combining with fruity, youthful and juicy mouth filling flavors from the “younger” vintage (2011). I truly enjoy the fruit intensity of the uncomplicated "everyday French wines", usually a wine of the year aged a short time in stainless tanks or used barrels. These bright yet simple young flavors complete deliciously more polished, refined characteristics from the previous vintage."
Boushey: One of Forgeron’s favorite vineyards, it produces very elegant fruit as this colder site allows lots and lots of cherry and black currant flavors.
Alder Ridge: Alder Ridge fruit requires an iron hand in a velvet glove. The lower yields allow very deep flavors yet an intense structure that can become overwhelming if not handled with care.
Stonetree: One of our most consistent vineyards, Stonetreet yields red varietals showing great power and intense fruit flavors.
Crawford: It’s been great to watch the vines mature and yield richer, fuller fruit each new vintage. Crawford is fast becoming one of our favorite vineyards.
Marie-Eve Gilla - Winemaker