Forman Vineyards

7079633900 1501 Big Rock Rd
St. Helena, CA 94574
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I founded Forman Vineyard in 1983 to fulfill a dream of producing, as a sole proprietor, small quantities of classically made Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. After a 3 year search of the Napa Valley for the perfect location, I purchased, in 1978, the current winery/vineyard site which is perched on a ridge at the base of Howell Mountain overlooking the town of St. Helena. A remarkable site, it has produced some unusually elegant wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A philosophy of winemaking which follows more a traditional approach as opposed to technological appealed to me early in my career. I would say that a familiarity with European tradition has seriously influenced my style and hence the fashion with which I designed and built my winery. Grapes are gently handled from harvest through fermentation. Small stainless steel fermentors for red wines and new Burgundy barrels for white seem fitting for the need to pay close attention to detail during the winemaking Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Grenache

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Forman Chardonnay 2005

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    Wine review by Barberolo


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  • Forman Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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  • Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

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    Very black fruited on the nose with notes of currant and cherry that almost conceal a touch of brett and hints of mint, tea, and bean starch. In the mouth this is lean and crisp with lots of tannin and not a lot of fruit. There's a lot of espresso to be found on the palate and a pleasant, mineral tinged, crisp fruit skin element but the wine is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forman Cabernet 2003

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    More of a finesse Cabernet, like a Bordeaux. This Cab has a light palette for Napa, and goes better with foods that don't overpower. Very smooth and balanced. Due to the alcohol content, I would not hold for too long as it will probably become unblanced. Read More

    Wine review by Shawn Clifford


  • Forman Cabernet 2004

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    A bigger, more typical Napa-style Cab than the 2003, this Cab is tannic - but not harsh - with nice cellar aromas. Definitely a black fruit flavor profile. Read More

    Wine review by Shawn Clifford


  • Forman Cabernet 2004

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    Very good wine for the price. Very nice finish on the palate. Some fruit with a good balance of spice and a touch of earthiness. Need to let it open up. This is a great, small production winery with a very experienced and dedicated wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Billiken


  • Forman Cabernet 2004

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  • Forman Cabernet 2004

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