FORGERON CELLARS

2012 Merlot

COLUMBIA VALLEY

Our 2012 Merlot is a beautiful "Old World" style reflection of the vintage. An inviting nose abounds with rich earth, black cherries, and hints of black pepper. The palate is lush and juicy, ripe with dark berries, spiced plums, and rich pomegranate. With pretty undertones of spice, northwest minerality and tobacco, this food-friendly wine has nice acid-to-tannin balance and a delightful mixed berry finish.

$30 ($25.50)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.3% % by volume
  • Aged 11 months
  • pH 3.85
  • TA .55 g/100mL
  • Barrel Program 100% French oak: 35% new, 65% neutral
  • Bottled Date March 2014
  • Released Date January 2015
  • Production 626 cases

In the vineyard

The 2012 Summer was warm with no prolonged, excessive heat events. The late Summer and early Fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October, allowing late varietals to thoroughly complete ripening.

 

Merlot: 52% Candy Mountain (Columbia Valley); 25% Birch Creek Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley); 23% Bacchus Vineyard (Columbia Valley)

 

Appellation Columbia Valley

In the cellar

We chose some of our best Merlot vineyards based on the fruit quality and the grower's respect for the land. The composition includes 52% Candy Mountain Vineyard (Columbia Valley), 25% Birch Creek Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley) and 23% Bacchus Vineyard (Columbia Valley).

Varietal 100% MERLOT

In the glass

Lush, juicy, and ripe with a hint of spice. A balanced, food-friendly wine.

 

NOSE: rich earth, black cherries, hints of black pepper

 

MOUTH: dark berries, spiced plums, rich pomegranate, undertones of spice, Northwest minerality, tobacco

 

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: red-wine braised lamb, grilled beef tenderloin or roasted duck breast

 

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