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.
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.
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.
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