Chardonnay
FORGERON CELLARS

2013 Chardonnay

COLUMBIA VALLEY

2013 Was much warmer than usual. Our challenge with the white varietals was to ensure we picked early, retaining grape freshness. We carefully waited for full flavor development while avoiding the bitter phenols caused by sunburn in a warm vintage.

$28 ($23.80)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.1% % by volume
  • Aged 9 months
  • pH 3.40
  • TA 0.73 g/100mL
  • Barrel Program 100% French oak: 34% new, 66% neutral
  • Bottled Date July 2014
  • Released Date March 2015
  • Production 1184 cases

In the vineyard

We use multiple vineyards to produce our signature Chardonnay. By sourcing from many terroirs - some cooler, some warmer - we consistently craft a Chardonnay displaying outstanding complexity, richness, and body while remaining deliciously crisp and refreshing.

 

Chardonnay from the Yakima Valley is slightly cooler, contributing nice acids and flavors. The Crawford Chardonnay is old vines (1988) and trained as a Pergola so the foliage shades the fruit hanging below. The French Creek, although it is a warm site, the older vines (planted 1981) are self-regulating and consistently produce beautiful fruit.Columbia Gorge AVA contributes freshness, minerality, pureness, even in a warm vintage. Weinbau Chardonnay brings fullness and complexity from the older vines, planted 1981, self-regulated with a big canopy, trained as a sprawl to protect from sunburn in this warm location. 

 

Chardonnay: 77% Yakima Valley (French Creek, Kestrel, Crawford, and Lonesome Springs); 17% Wahluke Slope (Weinbau); 12% Columbia Gorge (Underwood Mountain)

 

Roussanne: 100% Yakima Valley, Art Den Hoed Vineyard

 

Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

2013 Was much warmer than usual. Our challenge with the white varietals was to ensure we picked early, retaining grape freshness. We carefully waited for full flavor development while avoiding the bitter phenols caused by sunburn.

Varietal 96% CHARDONNAY, 4% ROUSSANNE

In the glass

Lush and full-bodied, with a balanced, vibrant palate; silky, round finish; and hints of minerality.

 

NOSE: bright aromas of lemon, white peach, and sweet caramelly oak

 

MOUTH: Bosc pear, juicy star fruit, and pineapple

 

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: scallops in light cream, oysters, salmon risotto, fettuccine alfredo

Accolades

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The 2013 Columbia Valley Chardonnay, which incorporates 4% Roussanne, has classic Chardonnay flair in its white peach, white flowers, toasted bread and citrus aromas and flavors. Juicy, fresh and lively, drink it over the coming 2-3 years. While Washington State continues to struggle with Chardonnay, this is a solid effort worth checking out.
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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