2015 Zinfandel
Horse Heaven Hills
This Zin offers a deep purplish ruby color an intense nose of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, rosebuds, tobacco, brambles, bacon and spiced incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with lush, ripe, yet focused black and red fruits that are infused with licorice, cocoa, dark roast coffee and Horse Heaven scorched earth. The back picks up pressed berries, roasted nuts, mocha and burnt charcoal, followed by a savory, spiced (nutmeg, clove) ripe tannin finish. (18.5/20)
Rand Sealey
Review of Washington Wines
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
This Cabernet offers a deep ruby color and attractive aromas of wild blackberry, cherry and plum, with scents of crushed roses, bayberry, sweet tobacco, cedar, sandalwood, olive and incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with notes of licorice, dark chocolate, French roast and earth. The back picks up macerated berries, roasted nuts, toffee, mocha and moderate oak (35% new), followed by a long, supple, yet structured, ripe tannin finish. (18.5/20)
Rand Sealey
Review of Washington Wines
2015 Façon Rouge
Columbia Valley
The red counterpart consists of 58% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre and 11% Grenache. It shows a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black currant, crushed roses, lavender, smoked meats, tobacco, white pepper and spiced incense. The medium full-bodied flavors are comprised of black and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured, with notes of pressed berries, toasted almonds, charcoal and a bit of toasty oak, followed by a ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
Rand Sealey
June 2018
Experience in Woodinville
My daughter and son-in-law invited us to taste at Forgeron in Woodinville last night, where they are club members. Our tasting included the 2014 Facon Blanc, which we purchased, 2014 Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot, the same year as Cab, and the ‘12 and ‘13 Anvil. I had received the ‘12 Anvil for my last birthday, unopened, so it was nice to taste. I was surprised by the consistency and distinctive excellence across the spectrum we sampled, not typical at most wineries. The staff was very busy last night but nevertheless found time to be personable, attentive, and make us feel welcome.
Experience in Walla Walla
Our group of 6 had a private tasting on a day the tasting room is closed. Marie came in just to accommodate our out-of-town guests. Following an informative tour we were royally treated to a lovely table setting complete with fruits, nuts, meats and French bread. Forgeron Anvil 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was the highlight. Thank you Marie-Eve for an outstanding and very personal event.
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