Since first taking a chance on Washington Zinfandel when we started the winery in 2001, this wine has come to be what we would consider a cult classic. With a dedicated, passionate fan-base that continually requests our Zinfandel and waits in anticipation for each new release, we are thrilled that Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla was so determined to persevere in making Zinfandel here in Washington where grape ripening can be problematic and growing requires expertise, patience, and a lot of heart. The fan-base will agree the 2013 Zinfandel release was well worth the wait!
2013 was a very warm growing season in Washington state. May and June saw large fluctuations from record high temperatures to downright cool. There was three times the average rainfall in June. Summer was consistently hot, but things took a sudden turn in mid-September and we had a near-perfect finish to the growing season with a big increase in flavors and overall concentration as the nights started getting cool.
Zinfandel clusters are big and ripen unevenly, and sometimes one side of the cluster is still green while the other side has turned deep red in color. This makes picking decisions difficult.
Because of the difficulty growing good Zinfandel, Forgeron Cellars is limited to only a few sites throughout Washington State, thus requiring we keep production to just a couple hundred cases a year. The 2013 warm growing season allowed Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla to produce Zinfandel, with grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills and Alder Ridge Vineyards, that is dark, deep, and sensuous, with big, soft tannins.
Dark, deep, and sensuous, with big, soft tannins.
NOSE: licorice, cloves, fresh mixed berries, toasty oak, red cherry, figs, rosebud, sea breeze, dark chocolate, chocolate mousse
MOUTH: allspice, cinnamon, cocoa, mixed fresh berries, pipe tobacco, dried fruits, sweetness, chocolate mousse
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: medium rare grilled steak with melted gorgonzola