Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Forgeron 2006 Merlot


Forgeron is the french word for blacksmith.  Fitting then that Forgeron Cellars is located on the former site of a blacksmith shop in Walla Walla.  This 2006 Merlot has 10% Petit Verdot and is sourced from Boushey (60%), Klipsun (30%) and Lonesome Springs (10%).  The nose emits dusty blackberry and some heat.  There is lots going on in the mouth on this one.  Smoke, cherries, spice, and oak up front; slight pause in the mid palate and then a gorgeous finish with anise, tobacco and balanced acid.  What a great wine this is!  Awesome with or without food.  Forgeron's website suggests pairing this wine with a hearty bean soup with sausage or a herb encrusted pork loin.  I completely concur, especially the soup with sausage.  In fact, I think this wine would be fabulous with a sausage pizza.

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