Earlier this Spring, we spent some time in Forgeron Cellars, a well-loved winery since we discovered them four years ago. Two days before I had a field trip through the winery; I was part of a carpool and didn’t bring my purse with me (what was I thinking). What an excuse, my partner in wine and I went back in to visit and make the purchases I had in mind.
He went through their tasting flight while I wondered a bit taking pictures. Sourcing grapes from well-known and established vineyards throughout the Washington AVA’s Forgeron Cellars barrel ferments all of their wines in primarily neutral barrels.
- 2013 Facon Blanc – 33% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 22% Viognier, & 15% Marsanne, is a full-bodied, well-balanced white with a lovely nose, ripe apricot and citrus flavors
- 2013 Chardonnay – 96% Chardonnay, 4% Roussanne with about 1/3 new oak, is citrus and caramelized fruit on the nose with apple, citrus and flint on the palate and a lovely acidic finish
- 2014 Sangiovese Rose’ – light and bright it is strawberries and red plums with a delightful acidic finish
- 2012 Barbera – a summer fruit salad (rainier cherries, raspberry with a hint of vanilla) and a mild spice finish
- 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – 90% Cab Sauv, 10% Petit Verdot, my perception of the sweet peppers made me wait for my partner in wine’s opinion: dark berries and vanilla with allspice for a berry tart tasting wine finishing smoother than he expected
- 2012 Facon Rouge (GSM) – 35% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, herbal, Cassis and blueberry with licorice and clove on the finish
- 2011 Syrah – about 1/3 new oak, floral (violets and lilac), anise and white pepper aromas lead beautifully in to the silky, rich pomegranate, blueberry and cedar flavors before the lingering, ever so slightly acidic finish
With 6,000 cases, they distribute their wines farther than most Walla Walla wineries including glass pours throughout the country’s finer restaurants. Look for them and let me know where you find them!