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Accolades for ANVIL

2012 ANVIL Malbec review from Wine Advocate

"This is a decidedly pedal-to-the-metal 2012 that won’t appeal to those craving delicate aromas and flavors, yet has tons of charm and is a joy to drink."

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2015

A brilliant Malbec, the 2012 Anvil (100% Malbec) offers lots of plum, black cherry, violets, creamy licorice and hints of vanilla to go with a full-bodied, fruit loaded, yet still balanced and classy profile, as well as a heady finish. This is a decidedly pedal-to-the-metal 2012 that won’t appeal to those craving delicate aromas and flavors, yet has tons of charm and is a joy to drink. Drink 2016-2024.

This was another fine set of releases from Forgeron Cellars’ Marie-Eve Gilla, who studied winemaking in Dijon and began her career working in Burgundy. Arriving in the US in 1991, she worked at Argyle, Covey Run, Hogue and Cordon Brothers before creating her own estate in Walla Walla in 2001. I found almost all of her 2012s and 2013s to be outstanding, and in most cases, they represent excellent values. Speaking on her 2013s, she said “2013 was such a warm year that we harvested much earlier than usual to retain brilliance, and the resulting white wines show that sooner was definitely better than later.” This shows in her Chardonnay, which was a variety that struggled in the heat of 2013. I wasn’t able to taste her 2013 reds from barrel, so will report on those releases next year. All of her 2012s were superb. 92 Points.

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, June 2015