FORGERON CELLARS

2009 Merlot

COLUMBIA VALLEY

With only 185 cases produced, this 2009 Merlot has the strength of a gold-standard season. Harvest from a trio of vineyards (Boushey, Stonetree and Weinbau) produce a wine with a mouthfeel that is vibrant and exuberant with impressive dark fruit and texture. While perfectly enjoyable now (with 2-4 hours of decant time), this wine will be long lasting. We advise laying it down for another 3-5 years to enjoy the evolution!

$30 ($25.50)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.2% % by volume
  • Aged 6 months
  • pH 3.64
  • TA .66 g/100mL
  • Barrel Program 87% French oak (60% new, 40% neutral) and 13% American neutral oak
  • Bottled Date August 2012
  • Released Date March 2013
  • Production 338 cases

In the vineyard

After a very hot and dry 2009 Summer, September's even, warm temperatures helped balance the sugars with the acids and allow phenolic ripeness to occur. Colors in black grape varieties were deep, while tannins developed quickly.

 

Merlot: 39% Olsen Vineyard (Yakima Valley); 31% StoneTree Vineyard (Wahluke Slope); 30% Boushey Vineyard (Yakima Valley)

 

Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

There is little oak influence to mar the purity of the vintage and the stong material is the combination of the warmer Wahluke Slope (StoneTree and Weinbau Vineyards) bringing depth and power while the cooler Yakima (Boushey Vineyard) terroir imparts fresh and bright berry flavors.

Varietal 100% MERLOT

In the glass

The mouthfeel is vibrant and exuberant with impressive dark fruit and texture.

 

NOSE: raspberry, cherry, hint of mint

 

MOUTH: licorice, smoke, deep cassis, red fruit

 

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: marinated flank steak or grilled pork tenderloin

 

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