2015 Zinfandel


Zinfandel shares many traits with Pinot Noir: its profile varies from bright strawberry fruit to deep, cloying, sugar-like; and the color of the wine can be light and almost brick-like but is not an indication of a lighter wine. Both varieties share a close association with the site where they are grown, and will do well only in very specific places, notably dry with good drainage.


In 2015, ripening was not an issue and the fruit was clean and fully developed. This Zinfandel is lush and savory with a long finish.

$35 ($29.75)
  • Alcohol 14.3 % by volume
  • Aged 18 months
  • pH 3.86
  • TA .57
  • Barrel Program 44% new American oak and 56% neutral French oak
  • Harvested Date September 2015
  • Barreled Date September 2005
  • Bottled Date May 2017
  • Released Date February 2018
  • Production 236 cases

In the vineyard

Forgeron has sourced Zinfandel grapes from Alder Ridge Vineyard, overlooking the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills, since 2001. Though the site is warm, its proximity to the river brings cool winds and ambient air circulation, cutting down on the likelihood of the grapes developing rot. Alder Ridge slopes face south and are composed of poor, sandy soil which allows excellent drainage making for low-yield, high-quality fruit.

Appellation Horse Heaven Hills
Vineyard Alder Ridge Vineyard

In the cellar

Zinfandel is a difficult wine to make; from assessing the best time to harvest, to completing fermentation and barrel aging. We’re not known to shy away from a good challenge though, and we embrace making Zinfandel here at Forgeron. We’re very careful and respectful of the fruit and typically do a short fermentation to preserve the spice and berry flavors, followed by 14-18 months aging in oak.

Varietal 100% ZINFANDEL

In the glass

Lush, velvety, silky and savory with a long finish.


NOSE: tobacco, candied fruit, bacon, dark roast coffee, licorice


MOUTH: caramel, clove, smoke, fig, mocha


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: smoked or grilled baby back ribs or chicken



This Zin offers a deep purplish ruby color an intense nose of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, rosebuds, tobacco, brambles, bacon and spiced incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with lush, ripe, yet focused black and red fruits that are infused with licorice, cocoa, dark roast coffee and Horse Heaven scorched earth. The back picks up pressed berries, roasted nuts, mocha and burnt charcoal, followed by a savory, spiced (nutmeg, clove) ripe tannin finish. (18.5/20)
Rand Sealey
Review of Washington Wines


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