2013 Forgeron Façon Rouge Rhône Red, Columbia Valley

2013 Forgeron Façon Rouge Rhône Red, Columbia Valley
2013 Forgeron Façon Rouge Rhône Red, Columbia Valley

COMPOSITION
48% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache
Columbia Valley AVA


VINTAGE NOTES
We co-fermented a bit of Grenache with Syrah then co-fermented Mourvèdre and Grenache together. We aged this wine 16 months in one-to-three year old French barrels. Neutral oak will not impart oak flavor, allowing the spice and fruit flavors of the wine to shine.


2013 was a very ripe year overall and the final blend ended up being 100% Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. However, most years we like to blend in some wine from warmer sites for a touch of added ripeness. Thus we refer to this as a Columbia Valley wine.


SENSORY NOTES
A Gigondas-inspired Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, ripe and full-bodied, yet spicy and supple.


NOSE: dark fruit and black olive with meat notes (from the Syrah) raspberry (Grenache), white chocolate, nuttiness and earthiness (Mourvèdre)


MOUTH: dark fruit and blueberry with a mineral note, and a smooth texture (Syrah and Grenache), pepper, depth and richness, concentrated red stone fruit finish (Mourvèdre)


PAIRING
duck confit, Moroccan spice, braised lamb


CELLAR NOTES
BARRELS: 100% neutral French oak for 16 months
pH: 3.86
TA: 0.56
ALCOHOL: 14.4%
BOTTLED: March 6, 2015
PRODUCTION: 508 Cases

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