Façon [FAH-son] is French for the style or way of doing something. Our Façon Blanc and Façon Rouge wines speak to our unique style at Forgeron: inspired by Marie-Eve’s French training and heritage, and decades of experience showcasting Washington terroir.
Façon Rouge pays tribute to the fragrant and dynamic fruit of Grenache-based wines of the Southern Rhône River Valley in France.
2014 Was dry and warmer than average resulting in the earliest harvest ever at Forgeron. This allowed for a wonderful, though compressed, harvest and resulted in an unusual sequence for ripening varietals. As the reds rapidly ripened, almost simultaneously, it took discipline to remain patient, but we held off harvest to ensure flavor development. We’re delighted with the result.
The warm, dry conditions of the Columbia Valley, are well suited to Rhône varietals. Our result is a rich and full Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend.
Marie-Eve co-fermented the Syrah (Boushey) with a little bit of Grenache (Boushey) as she likes the added flavors (notably the spice) from combining the grapes at fermentation. Marie is very passionate about finding the vineyards where Syrah and Mourvèdre (Boushey, Heart of the Hill) grow best.
A Southern Rhône-inspired Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, full-bodied, well balanced, generous, and silky.
NOSE: white pepper, marionberry, fresh herbs, smoked meat
MOUTH: pastry, spice, bergamot, boysenberry, brown sugar
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: penne pasta with arrabiata sauce, cioppino fish stew