Façon Rouge

2014 Façon Rouge


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.


$35 ($29.75)
  • Alcohol 14.5 % by volume
  • Aged 17 months
  • pH 3.86
  • TA 0.56
  • Barrel Program 17% new French oak (for spice), 83% neutral
  • Bottled Date March 2016
  • Released Date May 2017
  • Production 508 cases

In the vineyard

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.


Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

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.

Varietal 58% SYRAH, 26% MOURVÈDRE, 16% GRENACHE

In the glass

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



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