"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ANVIL Dionysus Vineyard includes 10% Petit Verdot and was brought up in new French oak. Deep purple/plum-colored, with notes of smoked back fruits, sappy herbs, underbrush, and cedar, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, ripe, powerful texture, building tannins, and a great finish. Hide bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years or so."
-Jeb Dunnuck, April 2019
The 2016 Forgeron Chardonnay received a Silver medal from the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.
The 2017 Forgeron Blacksmith Rouge received a Silver medal from the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.
The 2018 Forgeron Blacksmith Blanc received a Silver medal from the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.
The 2015 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon is “Bold, ripe cab with a rich serving of sweetly spicy oak, framing the ripe plums and blackberries. Sustained vanilla through the finish. Drink over the next six years.”
- James Suckling
A handy array of fresh peaches and apricots leads to a smoothly juicy palate with a fresh and fleshy edge. The balance is good and some nice tannins smooth the finish out nice and even. 58% Viognier and 42% Roussanne. Drink now. Screw cap.
- James Suckling
2018 Viognier, Franciscas Vineyard
This single vineyard Viognier presents a truly dynamic and compelling example of the varietal. At the start you find lively aromas of citrus zest and tropical fruit that continue into the palate with alluring flavors of starfruit and orange marmalade. Each sip is greeted with a robust, well-balanced mouthfeel and a soft, smooth finish.
2016 Façon Rouge Syrah, Columbia Valley
Made from 100% Syrah, the 2016 Façon Rouge is a rich, ripe effort that gives up lots of smoked black fruits, asphalt, and licorice aromas, medium to full body, ripe, present tannins, and a good finish. It’s a big mouthful of smoky black fruit and best enjoyed over the coming 4-6 years.
2015 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
Full-bodied, smooth, and balanced, you will find this Cabernet is genuine and age-worthy, a result of patience and restraint used in the vineyard and our winemaking process. In the glass you are greeted by scents of cola, clove, and black currant. The full mouthfeel is extracted, rich, and framed by thick tannins and elegant layers of blackberry, chocolate, spice, and ripe cherry. A must serve with a big, juicy steak or a burger with blue cheese.
2016 Syrah, Boushey Vineyard
Coming from the Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley and brought up in 44% new French oak, the 2016 Syrah Anvil Boushey Vineyard reveals a vivid purple color to go with beautiful notes of blueberries, scorched earth, graphite, and ground pepper. With subtle background oak, medium to full body, and ripe tannins, it offers more purity and elegance than the Façon Rouge release, will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 7-8 years. -Jeb Dunnuck
2016 ANVIL Syrah, Boushey Vineyard
The Boushey Vineyard, a highly regarded site for this variety, sits on fractured basalt, silt loam soils and windblown loess, with elevations up to 1400 feet. Aromas of black pepper, crushed lavender and boysenberry are striking. The luxurious, satin mouthfeel; is spiced with cinnamon cherries and ripe plum. Espresso, soy sauce and black pepper continues to energize with high-toned acidity, while licorice coats the tongue on the lengthy finish. - The Tasting Panel
This Chardonnay displays explosive fruit flavors and concentration with a pleasing nose of elderberry, lemon meringue, and toasty hazelnut, pie crust, and vanilla. The beautiful aromas are complemented by a round palate full of juicy apricot and fuzzy white peach further enhanced by balanced acidity and notes of key lime and starfuit.
- Wine Enthusiast Managine, September 2019 Issue
Orchard fruits, crushed rocks, caramelized citrus and hints of brioche all emerge from the 2016 Chardonnay. Layered, nicely textured, and balanced on the palate, it’s a rock-solid white from this estate that spent 10 months in 35% new Burgundian oak.
- Jeb Dunnuck