Cabernet Sauvignon
FORGERON CELLARS

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

WALLA WALLA VALLEY

The 2017 vintage was a difficult one to start, coming off one of the coldest winters in Eastern Washington’s history. Despite a late frost, our fruit survived. As spring turned into summer, Mother Nature delivered an ideal growing season, long enough for the fruit to fully ripen and short enough to ensure we could harvest before poor weather arrived.

$35 ($28.50)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.2 % by volume
  • Aged 24 Months
  • pH 3,86
  • TA 5.8
  • Barrel Program 35% new French oak, 65% neutral French oak
  • Harvested Date September 2017
  • Production 404 cases

In the vineyard

Walla Walla Valley is a slightly cooler AVA and grapes grown here are later to ripen, lending Old World character to the finished wines. The Cabernet varietal represented in this wine show the true nature of Walla Walla Valley. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with 70% Minnick Hills, and 30% Seven Hills, with each vineyard contributing to this wine’s awesome complexity. We are very fortunate to source grapes from these two outstanding Walla Walla Valley vineyards.

Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Minnick Hills Vineyard, Seven Hills Vineyard

In the cellar

In the glass

Deep ruby red.

Notes of graphite, bootstrap, sage, and dark red fruits exude from the glass.

Bright, fresh flavors of strawberry and raspberry dominate the palate, with tight, dry, and grippy tannins that are integrated nicely with fruit and oak, leading to a long finish.

Braised Pork Tenderloin or an Eggplant Lasagna.

Accolades

90
All Cabernet Sauvignon from the Seven Hills and Minnick Hills vineyards, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a ruby/plum color as well as attractive notes of jammy blackberries, red currants, graphite, dried earth, and cedarwood. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and with ripe yet certainly present tannins, it’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and drink well for a decade. You get a serious, age-worthy Cabernet for not much buck.
Jeb Dunnuck
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/?keyword=forgeron&rating_min=&rating_max=&price_min=&price_max=
90
The aromas bring plenty of appeal and complexity, with notes of tar, black cherry, anise and dried herb. Full-feeling cherry flavors follow, showing exquisite balance and length. Black-currant notes linger on the finish. Tart acids finish it off. It's a complete charmer. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2017-cabernet-sauvignon-walla-walla-valley-wa-cabernet-sauvignon/

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