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An Evening with Forgeron Cellars

May 21, 2010

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Forgeron, the French word for “blacksmith” an old artisan craft reflects the skilled artisan quality of each Forgeron Cellars wine.     

A classic old Seattle hotel, the Camlin,  was the perfect backdrop for a magical French influenced evening with Forgeron’s winemaker Marie-Eva Gilla.    Born in Paris and wielding an impressive resume’.  A masters degree from the University of Dijon in enology and viticulture and extensive winemaking experience with well renowned wineries, Argyle, Covey Run and Hogue.   Marie finally launched Forgeron Cellars in 2001.

The evening was a casual soiree as the winemaker poured her wine and shared her story about Forgeron Cellar(@ForgeronCellars) wines and her path to becoming a Washington winemaker.  Food was provided by Marie’s friends at Boulangerie Nantaise .   The admiring crowd that enjoyed the wine and conversation were coordinated by Write For Wines, Margaux Savelle;-) and included the acclaimed, @chatrbox, @seattlewinegal, @wawinereport, @NWTomLee, @WriteforWine, @Shona425, @Clivity, @Lisa_Dawson and…me @nwwineandre!

Thoughtful, elegant, fantastic,  and fabulous each wine conveys a focused expression of Washington’s terroir.  Wines poured included:

Chardonnay ~ Columbia Valley 2007

Using several vineyards and combining traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques with new world fruit, apple & peach aromas with fresh pear, citrus & mineral notes.

Walldette ~ Columbia Valley 2008

This wine brings a smile to my face.  The label is a tres fusion of the winemakers Walla Walla and French roots a great blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne and 6% Orange Muscat…

Merlot ~ Columbia Valley 2005

Multi vineyards sourced  to create this elegant full bodied wine with aromas of big ripe cherries and cocoa, notes of boysenberries, blackberries and currents.  A very sophisticated wine complex enough for an extended cellaring time.

Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Columbia Valley 2005

Rich, intense, black cherries, plums, dark chocolate and a hint of violets. Tres bien!

Syrah ~ Columbia Valley 2005

Distinct, true to form Syrah,  notes of berries, fresh tobacco leaves, white pepper and just enough smoke and earthiness.

Zinfandel ~ Columbia Valley 2006

97% Zinfandel and just a little bit of Cab. Franc this wine is distinct and lively with aromas of intense licorice, blackberries, cloves and white pepper.  A bit of spice but very smooth.

Walldeaux Smithie  ~ Columbia Valley

The l’armour apparent of Walldette.  With a very fun label, an attitude, full flavors and smooth tannins this is one of the best “table” wines around.  A Bordeaux Blend with an impressive price point.. $16. 

You can say at Forgeron Cellars the French have landed in Walla Walla.  A great combination of old world wine making techniques on new world grapes forging a new era in exquisite wines.  33 West Birch, Walla Walla, Washington 99362 ~ 509-522-9463 ~ www.forgeroncellars.com

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