2013 Forgeron Façon Rouge Rhône Red, Columbia Valley
91 Points - Wine Advocate, June 2016
“Another terrific wine from proprietress Marie-Eve Gilla is the 2013 Façon Rouge Red Rhone GSM, which is 48% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre and 25% Grenache, harvested all in October, that spent 16 months in one- to three-year-old barrels. Its healthy ruby/purple color is followed by lots of Syrah notes of olive, peppery herbs, dark fruits and some meatiness. These flow... to a medium to full-bodied, pure, impeccably made 2013 that has beautiful intensity and length. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years." - Jeb Dunnuck
48% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache
Columbia Valley AVA
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.
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)
duck confit, Moroccan spice, braised lamb
BARRELS: 100% neutral French oak for 16 months
BOTTLED: March 6, 2015
PRODUCTION: 508 Cases