FRENCH CREEK VINEYARD

Yakima Valley

French Creek Vineyard is a South-facing low-elevation plain. The lower elevation, combined with a consistent westerly wind through the Yakima Valley, cools the vines in the evening, allowing the fruit to maintain natural freshness and acidity. The soil is mostly silt loam with occasional spots of clay, caliche, basalt, and river rock. With such excellent drainage, the warm Eastern Washington summer sun, and light annual rainfall (6”- 8”), French Creek is one of our earliest ripening sites and we harvest to retain freshness, lively flavors and acidity to complement the power and richness imparted by old vines.

GRAPE STATS
WHY WE LOVE IT

VARIETALS SOURCED: Chardonnay

CLONES: Wente, Musque 809

ROOTSTOCK: Own rooted

VINEYARD STATS

One of Washington’s oldest Chardonnay vineyards, French Creek was planted in 1981 by Shad Hope and is managed by Damon LaLonde. This vineyard consists of Chardonnay (we source 1981 old vine, non-grafted Wente clone), Gewurztraminer, and Riesling grapes, and continues to be a highly sought-after Chardonnay site. Older vineyards have deep roots and self-regulate which provides consistency year after year and deeper, more complex flavors. 

TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 34 acres of Wente Clone

ACRES SOURCED: 1.5

POSITIONING: South facing

EXPOSURE: Lies at the edge of canyon

ELEVATION: 860'-900'

SOIL TYPE: Silt loam, septs of clay, caliche, basalt, and river rock

TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)

IRRIGATED: Yes

FARMED BY: Damon La Londe

YEAR PLANTED: 1981

SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainably farmed, no herbicides

OUR FRENCH CREEK VINEYARD WINES
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CHARDONNAY

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We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to source the Old Vine Wente clone Chardonnay from this world-class site, which has been a favorite at Forgeron Cellars for more than 15 years. It is deservingly the only white wine produced as part of the Anvil by Forgeron series, and is always one of the lots that I look forward to most each year.

Cody Janett, Winemaker