FORGERON CELLARS

2010 Merlot

COLUMBIA VALLEY

Our 2010 Merlot is a blend of three well-known vineyards (StoneTree, Olsen, and Boushey Vineyards) from unique settings throughout Washington. The 2010 Merlot possess a spicy nose of pomegranate with hints of light caramel and raspberry-filled chocolate. The palate is vibrant, ripe with cherries, juicy cassis, rich dark fruit and texture. With undertones of spice, herbs and cocoa this food-friendly wine would pair well with grilled veal chops or braised short-ribs.

$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), 13% American neutral oak
  • Bottled Date August 2012
  • Released Date March 2013
  • Production 338 cases

In the vineyard

The 2010 growing season featured the coolest temperatures in Washington since 1999. Naturally low yields, plus consistently warm weather from September to late October, produced perfect phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.

 

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

 

Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

Fruit from the warmer Wahluke Slope (StoneTree Vineyard) contributes impressive depth and power, while the cooler Yakima (Olsen and Boushey Vineyards) terroir conveys fresh, bright blueberry flavors. When making this Merlot, we focused on each vineyard's terroir to bring the fruit's classic characteristics into focus to create this delicious wine.

Varietal 100% MERLOT

In the glass

The palate is vibrant, ripe withh cherries, juicy cassis, rich dark fruit and texture.

 

NOSE: pomegranate, light caramel, raspberry-filled chocolate

 

MOUTH: cherries, juicy cassis, blueberry, undertones of spice, herbs, cocoa

 

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: grilled veal chops or braised short-ribs

 

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