Generally south-facing, the vineyards range in elevation from 700 to 1400 ft. The elevation at the highest point of Boushey Vineyard (Birdhouse) is at 1400 feet with soil consisting of silt loam, windblown loess, and deposits from the Missoula floods, all on top of fractured basalt. Mild temperatures, layered soils and longer hanging times add great phenolic ripeness. The wines made from these grapes are well balanced (lower alcohol, better acidity) and offer a very pure expression of fruit.
Grenache, Syrah, Viognier
Grenache - Tri #15
Syrah - Phelts Clone
Viognier - Clone #1
WHY WE LOVE IT
Boushey is one of Washington State’s most famous vineyards for a good reason, Luanne and Dick have mastered the farming of their world-class site resulting in tremendous fruit, each and every year. We have worked with the Boushey’s since and consider ourselves fortunate to get the lots that we do. As they say, you cannot make great wine without great grapes, and Boushey always provides us with fantastic fruit.
OUR BOUSHEY VINEYARD WINES
TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 160
ACRES SOURCED: 4
POSITIONING: South facing
EXPOSURE: On the foothills of the Rattlesnake Mtns.
SOIL TYPE: Silt loam, windblown loess, flood deposits, fractured basalt
TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)
FARMED BY: Richard & Louanne Bushey
YEAR PLANTED: 1980
SUSTAINBILITY: Sustainably farmed,
Integrated Pest Management
This is one of the best Rhône variety vineyard sites in Washington State, and Boushey grapes have long been a pillar of Forgeron Cellars wines. The Grenache is fresh and bright, the Syrah is classic with depth and a bright profile, and we even get a little Viognier to add that extra touch to our Forgeron Cellars Syrah.
Cody Janett, Winemaker