Forgeron Cellars 2007 Chardonnay, A Columbia Valley, WA highlight!
The Washington Wine Scene: Now as you can see this wine is from the Columbia Valley in Washington State, where they are making some truly wonderful wines and according to the Editors at WE, "Washington State wines made an impressive showing in our Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2009, with 11 spots on the list." This short statement from the editors at WE should be enough to convince you of the point I'm trying to make, that the Washington Wine Scene is indeed heating up!
About Forgeron Cellars: Wondering where is winery that made this yummy example of a well-balanced Chardonnay exactly? I will let Paul Gregutt of the Seattle Times explain, "It's tucked away on a quiet corner a few blocks from bustling downtown Walla Walla, WA is where you'll find Forgeron Cellars" which was founded in 2001 by a group of investors, mostly from the Walla Walla Valley, who have been involved in the wine industry since 1989.This new venture emphasizes their passion and dedication for a long-term commitment to a rapidly growing industry in the Walla Walla Valley. Where they have contracted with many vineyards strategically located across the Yakima, Columbia and Walla-Walla Valleys. According to their website, their focus is based upon reflecting the quality of grapes from the best sites, to reveal the full potential of Washington State. They also have been actively developing distinct vineyards in Walla Walla, illustrating their long-term commitment to the industry in this valley we are proud to call home.
About the winemaker: The reason this wine is much more Burgundian than your typical New World Chardonnay is because their winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla [part owner] is one of the growing number of French-born and trained winemakers who have made Washington state their home. According the Seattle Times writer Paula Gregutt, "With little fanfare, she has been developing vineyard sources, fine-tuning her winemaking and making excellent Euro-styled wines." Paula if this wine is an example of what you're talking about then I'm 100% agreement you and look forward to sampling more of the wonderful ranges of wines from this region.
First Swirl: In the glass the wine a straw colored core and pale yellow rim. Swirling about in my glass it reveals good structure and viscosity
First Sniff: From what I recall in my notes this wine had some enticing aromas of freshly sliced pears and other citrus notes effortlessly wafting up from the glass.
First Sip: I really enjoyed the mouth watering spicy apple and tropical notes, effortlessly co-mingling with a tangy fresh acidity and a nice finish of fruit and lingering minerality on the finish.
Alcohol and Price: The wine weighed in at 14% and is priced well for about $17.00 to $19.00 at a few online purveyors and can be found in the tasting room at $25.00. With a case production of a little over 700 hundred cases, this wonderful wine won't hang around too long.
Vineyards and Composition: Because they source fruit from many terroirs, some cool and some warmer sites, Forgeron Cellars is able to frequently produce a consistent crowd-pleasing style of Chardonnay and I believe the composition is 98% Chardonnay and 2% Lonesome Springs Orange Muscat [makes for an interesting blend] with a barrel treatment of 100% French oak.
Pairing Suggestions: Pairs wonderfully and easily with many food items, but it especially cries out for seafood pairing of sautéed scallops and clams or with a big hearty bowl of chowder and a piece of sourdough bread.
Other Voices: "You could spend a whole day touring any one of Walla Walla's wine areas. But the one that intrigued me was right in downtown Walla Walla itself...Then up another block to Forgeron Cellars, one of the strongest of the new wineries, and where chardonnay is the star attraction. I was even more impressed however with a striking roussanne..." Robert Mayfield, Statesman Journal Newspaper, August 2007 Walla Walla Spring Release Weekend 2008 The Wine Knows and Wine Enthusiast scored the 2006 a healthy 91 points and thinks the 2007 is right on track to be as good or even better than the rated and reviewed 06.
My Recommendation: This is a drink often wine, meaning it's as easy the wallet [or pocket-book] as it is on the palate. Ordering this by the case is a great choice and can really be considered as an everyday drinker, great value for very little money. Please make sure you get your hand on some today.
Cuvée Corner Wine Blog Score: Hey point seekers here's my score if your interested: This wine scored 92 points on the Cuvee Corner 100 point tasting scale Since this wines QPR [quality, price, ratio] score is through the roof.