2016 Chardonnay


The 2016 growing season started fast and furious with an early bud break and we expected a repeat of 2015, the warmest vintage on record for WA State.  Thankfully, temperatures dropped in early June and through the rest of th esummer and we were able to begin harvesting in late August. 

$28 ($23.80)
  • Alcohol 13.6 % by volume
  • Aged 10 months
  • pH 3.62
  • TA 0.63 g/100ml
  • Barrel Program 100% French Burgundian Oak; 35% New, 65% Neutral for 10 months
  • Harvested Date September 2016
  • Barreled Date November 2016
  • Bottled Date August 2017
  • Released Date April 2019
  • Production 810 cases

In the vineyard

We sourced mainly from four distinct sites to achieve the balance we were after in this warm year. Crawford (Yakima Valley) has established old vines (1993) and yields balanced fruit with great stone fruit flavors. Birch Creek (Walla Walla Valley) contributes ripe pear flavors. Celilo (The Gorge) contributes minerality, citrus, green apple and bright acidity. Weinbau (Wahluke Slope) produces assertive Chardonnay with ripe peach and pear flavors. Underwood (Columbia Gorge) with volcanic soil and clay loam covered basalt boulders, this cooler climate site contributes beautiful aromatics and minerality. 


Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

Although harvest was early, the rhythm of incoming grapes was nicely spread out and we had ample time to ferment both whites (all our Yakima Valley Chardonnay was picked by the end of August) and reds, without feeling much of a crunch. Harvesting our whites earlier allowed us to retain freshness, lively flavors and acidity while we patiently waited for the reds to pack up flavors, complexity, and power through longer hang time.


As with all Forgeron wines, the different vineyard lots are kept separate until the final blend is determined. This allows us to see how the fruit from each site develops and how each will contribute aroma and flavors to the wine. 

In the glass

Influenced by a long growing season, the Chardonnay displays explosive fruit flavors and concentration. 


NOSE: NOtes of elderberry, lemon meringue, and toasty hazelnut, pie crust, and vanilla.  


MOUTH: juicy apricot, fuzzy white peach, notes of key lime and starfruit


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: grilled shrimp, avocado tuna tapas, creamy mustard tarragon chicken



The 2016 Forgeron Chardonnay received a Silver medal from the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.
2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival
2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley Orchard fruits, crushed rocks, caramelized citrus and hints of brioche all emerge from the 2016 Chardonnay. Layered, nicely textured, and balanced on the palate, it’s a rock-solid white from this estate that spent 10 months in 35% new Burgundian oak. - Jeb Dunnuck
Jeb Dunnuck
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
The 2016 Chardonnay gives up classic aromas of apple and spiced pear along with soft baking spices and silky vanilla tones on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is fresh and full, with flavors of oak and pears, revealing noes of freshly cut pineapple on the mid-palate. A refreshingly zesty flavor lingers on the clean finish. This is sure to deliver pleasure. It’s a classic expression that is keenly priced. 810 cases produced.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - Anthony Mueller


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