Façon Rouge
FORGERON CELLARS

2015 Façon Rouge

COLUMBIA VALLEY

Our GSM is generous and silky, we like its dark allure. We recommend enjoying it in winter when comfort from the gloomy weather is needed, but it is also a great addition to a summer BBQ as it is smooth, yet full bodied. We make this wine because we love how these grapes lend themselves to the dry and sunny conditions of Eastern Washington, they greatly benefit from our high temperatures and long sunny days. 

$35 ($29.75)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.5% % by volume
  • Aged 16 months
  • pH 3.92
  • TA 0.49
  • Barrel Program 16 months in 27% new French oak, 63% neutral oak
  • Harvested Date September 2015
  • Barreled Date October 2015
  • Bottled Date March 2017
  • Released Date May 2018
  • Production 302 cases
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In the vineyard

Our Syrah “Birdhouse” block from Boushey Vineyard is located on at the top of the hill at nearly 1400 feet in elevation. The fruit is deeply concentrated as the grapes get dehydrated from the intense winds.The low crop yield (2.5 tons per acre) and arid, sandy soils, produce grapes that are full and rich in flavor.

 

We typically harvest a tiny amount of Grenache early, so we can co-ferment it with the Syrah for added spice and flavors. We waited patiently for the remaining Boushey Grenache, until we had full, ripe flavors. In our earliest harvest yet (2015), the Grenache was the last fruit to come in at Forgeron (October 10).

 

Mourvèdre ripens late and cannot successfully be grown in many places. Heart of the Hill Vineyard, located in the center of Red Mountain, benefits from brutally dry conditions which perfectly match what the varietal needs.

Appellation Columbia Valley
Vineyard Boushey Vineyard, Heart of the Hill Vineyard

In the cellar

In 2015, we co-fermented the Syrah with a little bit of Grenache as we like the added flavors (notably the spice) from combining the grapes at fermentation. We aged the wine in mostly neutral French oak to preserve the fruit integrity, but also some new French oak for a bit of added spice.

Varietal 58% SYRAH, 31% MOURVÈDRE, 11% GRENACHE

In the glass

Generous, ripe and spicy fruit reminiscent of the wonderful lifestyle of Southern France.

 

NOSE: blueberry, lavender, smoked meat

 

MOUTH: plum, pomegranate, white pepper

 

PAIRING: grilled lamb with chimichurri, spaghetti Bolognese, wild game with huckleberry sauce

 

Accolades

The red counterpart consists of 58% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre and 11% Grenache. It shows a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black currant, crushed roses, lavender, smoked meats, tobacco, white pepper and spiced incense. The medium full-bodied flavors are comprised of black and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured, with notes of pressed berries, toasted almonds, charcoal and a bit of toasty oak, followed by a ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
Rand Sealey
June 2018

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