Merlot has long been a particular strength at Forgeron. Up front in this new release is a thick vein of chocolate around rich black cherry fruit. The wine dips a bit in midpalate, then re-emerges in a finish with chewy tannins and citrusy acidity. The odds strongly favor more improvement with further bottle age; try after 2016.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.