2014 Chardonnay


Named 'White Wine of the Year' at Seattle magazine's Washington Wine Awards.


Marie-Eve is super excited about this release. Calling it Burgundian might seem like a cliché but it is definitely a cooler style Chardonnay, extremely balanced with good typicity and aromas of white flowers, almond, pear, and apple are complemented by a discreet and harmonious toastiness from the French Oak.

$28 ($23.80)
  • Alcohol 13.8% % by volume
  • Aged 9 months
  • pH 3.45
  • TA 0.62 g/100mL
  • Barrel Program 100% French Oak: 35% new, 65% neutral
  • Bottled Date August 2015
  • Released Date February 2016
  • Production 1289 cases

In the vineyard

We were very diligent to pick the grapes earlier as 2014 was a very warm vintage. We source our Columbia Valley Chardonnay grapes from select sites, some warmer, some cooler, throughout Washington to impart different characteristics.


Our Gorge AVA grapes (Celilo, Underwood) provide freshness and minerality. The cooler Yakima Valley grapes (Crawford, French Creek) bring nice acids and flavor. The warmer Wahluke Slope (Weinbau) grapes impart fullness and complexity from the old vines (planted 1981). For 2014 we added a touch of Sauvignon Blanc (Dionysus) for its refreshing crispness in a warm vintage.


Chardonnay: 36% The Columbia Gorge AVA (Celilo Vineyard and Underwood Vineyard); 34% Yakima Valley (French Creek, Crawford vineyards); 25% Wahluke Slope (Weinbau Vineyard)


Sauvignon Blanc: 100% Columbia Valley, Dionysus Vineyard


Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

We did separate the hard press wines from the light press to minimize phenol extraction which causes bitterness and heaviness. 


In the glass

Lush and full-bodied, with tangy acidity.


NOSE: creamy peach, pear flower, banana, tropical fruits and lemon


MOUTH: Bosc pear, juicy star fruit, and pineapple


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



Before landing in Walla Walla, Marie-Eve Gilla studied at the University of Dijon and worked at several wineries in Burgundy (Chardonnay’s ancestral home). No surprise, then, that her Chardonnays for Forgeron Cellars consistently stand toe to toe with considerably pricier versions. This 2014 comes from six vineyards scattered across Washington, and it offers creamy peach and apricot fruit complemented by subtle, attractive notes of oak and earth.
Seattle Magazine's 12th Annual Washington Wine Awards
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