Chardonnay
FORGERON CELLARS

2015 Chardonnay

COLUMBIA VALLEY

We make this wine to show the potential of Chardonnay in Eastern WA. Layered with the full spectrum of Chardonnay flavors: mineral and flinty with ripe pear and peach, and hint of toast, one is reminded of the lovely white wines from Burgundy.

$28 ($23.80)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.1 % by volume
  • Aged 10 months
  • pH 3.52
  • TA 0.65 g/100ml
  • Barrel Program 100% French Oak; 35% New, 65% Neutral for 10 months
  • Barreled Date November 2015
  • Bottled Date July 2016
  • Released Date November 2017
  • Production 1223 cases

In the vineyard

2015 Was much warmer than normal for Washington State. Harvesting our whites earlier allowed us to retain freshness, lively flavors and acidity.


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.

 

Appellation Columbia Valley
Vineyard Birch Creek Vineyard, Crawford Vineyard

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. 

Varietal 100% CHARDONNAY

In the glass

Classic and refined style, combining juicy flavors and full body, balanced by fresh acidity and stone fruit notes.

 

NOSE: flinty, mineral, bright, creamy, white peach, anise, light toast

 

MOUTH: pear, crisp apple, vanilla, honeysuckle, light toast

 

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

 

Accolades

91
The value-priced 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley is 100% Chardonnay brought up in 35% new French oak. Apple blossom, white flowers, spice, and a hint of pineapple all emerge from the glass. It’s rich, textured, and balanced on the palate, with beautiful fruit.
Jeb Dunnuck
April 2018
91
Editor's Choice: This is a true pan-Washington Chardonnay, made from grapes from Yakima Valley, Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley and Wahluke Slope. Its clarified butter, lemon curd, white peach and spice aromas lead to a full-bodied, creamy palate, with plentiful lemony accents. It's richer in style than recent vintages, but the warm year no doubt contributed to that.
Sean Sullivan
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