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PICNIC AND PÉTANQUE

July 20-21st, 2019

 

Join Forgeron Cellars for two full days of wine by the glass, picnic boxes, live entertainment, and of course, the ever popular lawn game pétanque to celebrate our 18th year of winemaking! 

Wines

The Forgeron winemaking philosophy remains unchanged since 2001 when our founding winemaker opened Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla. The principles learned in Burgundy, continue to apply. We uncover the best vineyard sites for our favorite varietals grown in the AVAs of the Columbia Valley, then gently guide the winemaking process to deliver wines that fully express the beauty, complexity, and age-worthiness the region has to offer.

Blacksmith Blanc
2018 Blacksmith Blanc
CRAWFORD VINEYARD
YAKIMA VALLEY
Façon Blanc
Façon Blanc
CRAWFORD VINEYARD
YAKIMA VALLEY
ANVIL Syrah
2016 ANVIL Syrah
BOUSHEY VINEYARD
YAKIMA VALLEY

Events

Our full production winery and tasting room is located right downtown Walla Walla, walking distance from historic Main Street's fine restaurants, shops, hotels, and tasting rooms. For those who can't make it to Walla Walla Wine Country, our Woodinville Tasting Room and Event Space offers convenient access to our wine club and tasting room only Société Selections.

Jul 19-21
Downtown Walla Walla
Walla Walla Wine Country
Jul 20-21
Woodinville Tasting Room
Woodinville Wine Country
Aug 10
Woodinville Tasting Room & Patio
Woodinville Wine Country

Our Story

We work to uncover the best vineyard sites for varietals grown in the AVAs of the Columbia Valley, then gently guide the winemaking process to deliver wines that express the beauty, complexity, and age-worthiness the region has to offer.
Cody Janett
WINEMAKER

Vineyards

Washington shares the long hours of sunlight and continental climate of many great wine growing regions of the world. Forgeron is proud to work with exceptional vineyard partners, from across Columbia Valley in Eastern Washington, who are focused on sustainability and align with our philosophy on pruning, use of technology, and harvesting technique.

Walla Walla Valley
5 Acres Sourced
Bridging both Washington and Oregon, the Walla Walla Valley AVA ranges from 400 to 2000 feet in elevation, and receives between seven and 22 inches of rainfall depending on the area of the valley. This area is a regional agricultural hub that abounds with crisp apples, juicy strawberries, tender asparagus, sumptuous sweet onions, and nearly 3,000 acres of prime vineyards.
Birch Creek Vineyard
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Francisca's Vineyard
Chardonnay, Viognier
Minnick Hills Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Seven Hills Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley
2 Acres Sourced
Encompassing nearly 11 million acres, Columbia Valley bridges the states of Washington and Oregon, and was established as an American Viticulture Area in 1981. Variety typicity and pure fruit aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of wine from the Columbia Valley. The relationship to the Missoula Floods, a series of cataclysmic events, defines the soil types of the vineyards in Washington. Most vineyards lie below the floodwaters with soils of loess—wind blown deposits of sand and silt—overlying gravel and slackwater sediment with basalt forming the bedrock. This provides a diversity of soil types that are well drained and ideal for viticulture. The Columbia Valley lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain range. The region has an arid and semi-arid, continental climate, receiving an average of 6–8 inches (15–20 cm) of precipitation annually. Irrigation is therefore required to grow vinifera grapes. This irrigation, along with consistently warm, dry temperatures during the growing season, provides growers with a large amount of control over grape development compared to many other regions of the world. This leads to minimal vintage variation and high-quality wines.
Dionysus Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Sagemoor Vineyard
Barbera
Red Mountain
Red Mountain
2 Acres Sourced
The smallest appellation in Washington State at 4,040 acres, Red Mountain is named after the reddish hue of cheatgrass in the spring. This is a hot AVA with 6 to 8 inches of average rainfall and the plantings are primarily red grapes. Red Mountain soil is made up of sandy loam and gravel with high alkalinity (high pH) and a rich calcium carbonate content. A lack of soil nutrients along with the high pH reduces the vigor of the vines, resulting in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. This, along with prevailing winds, leads to higher tannin levels in many of the wines compared to other regions.
Heart of the Hill Vineyard
Mourvèdre
Klipsun Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon
Horse Heaven Hills
Horse Heaven Hills
1 Acre Sourced
The Horse Heaven Hills is 570,000 acres (230,671 ha) in size, with elevations ranging from 200 feet (61 m) above sea level along the Columbia River to 1,800 feet (549 m) at the northern boundary. Pressure differentials cause significant winds in the Horse Heaven Hills. These winds reduce canopy size and toughen grape skins, as well as protect against mold and rot. The nearby Columbia River also has a moderating effect on temperatures, reducing the risk of early and late season frosts, which can be a problem in nearby areas. The area is among Washington’s warmer growing regions, allowing a wide variety of grapes to ripen successfully.
Alder Ridge Vineyard
Zinfandel
Wahluke Slope
Wahluke Slope
3 Acres Sourced
As one of the warmest regions in the state, the Wahluke Slope is known primarily for red grape varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Wahluke Slope wines tend to be ripe and full-bodied with pure varietal fruit flavors. The entire 81,000-acre appellation sits on a large alluvial fan, making the soils notably uniform over a large area. The topsoil is deep, wind-blown sand with a depth, on average, of more than 5 feet (150cm). This provides both ample drainage for vinifera vines and greater uniformity in plant vigor and ripening than seen in other areas of Washington.
StoneTree Vineyard
Malbec, Primitivo
Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley
7 Acres Sourced
The Yakima Valley is one of Washington’s cooler growing regions. For this reason, white grape plantings outnumber red grape plantings. Yakima Valley Chardonnays display a variety of aromas and flavors depending on the relative warmth of the vineyard site. Cooler sites are notable for fresh green apple and warmer sites for stone fruit and tropical fruit. While a cooler region compared to its peers, the Yakima Valley also includes the Red Mountain appellation, which is consistently one of Washington’s warmest growing regions. There is, therefore, considerable diversity across sites. The Yakima Valley wholly contains the sub-appellations Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain.
Boushey Vineyard
Marsanne, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc
Candy Mountain Vineyard
Merlot
Crawford Vineyard
Chardonnay, Roussanne
French Creek Vineyard
Chardonnay

Accolades

2017 Blacksmith Blanc, Columbia Valley - "This blend has a very fresh array of red berries and plums with a gently smoky edge to the palate, which then turns to a pure boysenberry, mulberry and raspberry finish. 37% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 26% Mourvedre. Drink now. Screw cap." - James Suckling
James Suckling
jamessuckling.com
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A handy array of fresh peaches and apricots leads to a smoothly juicy palate with a fresh and fleshy edge. The balance is good and some nice tannins smooth the finish out nice and even. 58% Viognier and 42% Roussanne. Drink now. Screw cap. - James Suckling
James Suckling
jamessuckling.com
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2018 Viognier, Franciscas Vineyard This single vineyard Viognier presents a truly dynamic and compelling example of the varietal. At the start you find lively aromas of citrus zest and tropical fruit that continue into the palate with alluring flavors of starfruit and orange marmalade. Each sip is greeted with a robust, well-balanced mouthfeel and a soft, smooth finish.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
www.winemag.com
90
2016 Façon Rouge Syrah, Columbia Valley Made from 100% Syrah, the 2016 Façon Rouge is a rich, ripe effort that gives up lots of smoked black fruits, asphalt, and licorice aromas, medium to full body, ripe, present tannins, and a good finish. It’s a big mouthful of smoky black fruit and best enjoyed over the coming 4-6 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
www.jebdunnuck.com
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2016 Syrah, Boushey Vineyard Coming from the Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley and brought up in 44% new French oak, the 2016 Syrah Anvil Boushey Vineyard reveals a vivid purple color to go with beautiful notes of blueberries, scorched earth, graphite, and ground pepper. With subtle background oak, medium to full body, and ripe tannins, it offers more purity and elegance than the Façon Rouge release, will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 7-8 years. -Jeb Dunnuck
Jeb Dunnuck
www.jebdunnuck.com
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2016 ANVIL Syrah, Boushey Vineyard The Boushey Vineyard, a highly regarded site for this variety, sits on fractured basalt, silt loam soils and windblown loess, with elevations up to 1400 feet. Aromas of black pepper, crushed lavender and boysenberry are striking. The luxurious, satin mouthfeel; is spiced with cinnamon cherries and ripe plum. Espresso, soy sauce and black pepper continues to energize with high-toned acidity, while licorice coats the tongue on the lengthy finish. - The Tasting Panel
The Tasting Panel Magazine
www.tastingpanelmag.com
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2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley Editor's Choice This Chardonnay displays explosive fruit flavors and concentration with a pleasing nose of elderberry, lemon meringue, and toasty hazelnut, pie crust, and vanilla. The beautiful aromas are complemented by a round palate full of juicy apricot and fuzzy white peach further enhanced by balanced acidity and notes of key lime and starfuit. - Wine Enthusiast Managine, September 2019 Issue
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
https://www.winemag.com
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