Forgeron Merlot, Columbia Valley, 2002
Forgeron is the French word for blacksmith and this Walla Walla winery and tasting room was the former site of a blacksmith shop. Forgeron Cellars was founded in 2001 by a group of investors and they are lead by the French winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla.
This 2002 Merlot has a deep ruby color with a heady bouquet that evokes ripe red berries, dark chocolate and vanilla beans. This is a medium bodied wine that delivers a broad mouth feel of fruit with cherry, sweet plum and toast with black pepper. The tannins are gentle and the fruit driven profile is complimented by gentle acidity. The finish is long and smooth with hints of vanilla and spice. This is a nice wine from a solid Walla Walla producer. We picked up this wine while in Walla Walla, last summer, and it sold for about $22 at that time. We enjoyed this with some fresh steamed Washington State asparagus with poached egg, olive oil and Parmesan cheese!