2017 'Imaginarium' Red Blend
Columbia Valley
Gold Medal - Forgeron Cellars 2017 'Imaginarium' Red Blend
Bellingham Wine Awards
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2017 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
Gold Medal - Forgeron Cellars 2017 Chardonnay
Bellingham Wine Awards
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2016 ANVIL Syrah
Yakima Valley
95
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
The Tasting Panel Magazine
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2016 ANVIL Syrah
Yakima Valley
94
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
Jeb Dunnuck
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2018 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
94
This is an old-vine Wente clone block planted in chalky, stony soil. Aged for 17 months in French oak, it offers a perfume of lemon blossom, melon and Italian herbs. An unctuousness persists on the palate, with unique notes of lychee, cinnamon, oregano and blue flowers. Granny Smith apple forges its way through an orange-caramel coated finish.
The Tasting Panel Magazine & The SOMM Journal
https://www.tastingpanelmag.com/
2016 ANVIL Syrah
Yakima Valley
94
Haunting aromas and flavors go so deep for this high elevation, 18-month French oak-aged Syrah. An inky well of tar, bacon fat, tobacco and red fruit are mirrored on nose and palate. Graphite lines the mouth, with a dot of black pepper. Tannins are pronounced and texturally rich with a slight chalkiness – salinity licks the tongue on the finish. This is what we love about this varietal, and in its second vintage, it keeps us wanting more.
The Tasting Panel Magazine & The SOMM Journal
https://www.tastingpanelmag.com/
2017 ANVIL Proprietary Blend
Walla Walla Valley
93
2017 ANVIL Minnick Hills Proprietary Blend - Tobacco, damp earth, truffle, and assorted chocolaty black fruits emerge from the 2017 Proprietary Blend Minnick Hills Vineyard, and it’s medium to full-bodied, has a round, silky texture, solid underlying structure, and an exceptional finish. It’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years in cold cellars. The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Malbec, and 16% Merlot, all from a site in Walla Walla, that spent 16 months in 20% new French oak.
Jeb Dunnuck
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2017 ANVIL Proprietary Blend
Walla Walla Valley
92
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. Seeing just 40% new oak, the focused aromas of dark raspberry, plum and black currant are followed by ripe fruit flavors that bring texture. It's beautiful now but will benefit from some time in the cellar. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2017-anvil-proprietary-blend-red-walla-walla-valley-wa-bordeaux-style-red-blend/
2017 ANVIL Syrah
Yakima Valley
91+
All Syrah from the Boushey Vineyard, aged in one-third new French oak, the 2017 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Birdhouse Block has a ripe, opulent bouquet of cassis, toasted spice, licorice, ground pepper, and graphite. This medium to full-bodied effort has loads of pure fruit, some chewy yet ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate oomph, and a great finish. Give it a year or two and it should evolve nicely for 7-8 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
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2017 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
91
The 2017 Chardonnay is a rocking value. Classic Chardonnay notes of ripe apple, white flowers, and spice all emerge from the glass and it’s medium-bodied, has terrific purity, and a clean, classy finish. Brought up in 39% new French oak, with the balance in neutral barrels, drink it over the coming 2-3 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
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2018 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
91
The aromas are generous but subtle, with notes of pear, yellow apple, toast and clarified butter. Full-feeling richly textured flavors follow. A long finish caps it off. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2018-anvil-french-creek-vineyard-old-wente-clone-chardonnay-yakima-valley-chardonnay/
2016 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley
91
Coming from a block in this esteemed vineyard planted in 1988, aromas of baking spice, chocolate, anise, dark cherry and fig are followed by supple, rich, creamy-feeling dark-cherry and spice flavors. Quite ripe in style, it has an immediate yum factor. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2016-anvil-dionysus-vineyard-block-11-cabernet-sauvignon-columbia-valley-wa/
2018 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
90
The 2018 Chardonnay French Creek Vineyard Old Wente Block sports a vivid gold color as well as a medium-bodied, balanced, lively style backed up with notes of Meyer lemons, white flowers, and chalky minerality. It has a kiss of background oak and is a balanced, impeccably made Chardonnay. It too should drink nicely for 2-3 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
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2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
90
All Cabernet Sauvignon from the Seven Hills and Minnick Hills vineyards, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a ruby/plum color as well as attractive notes of jammy blackberries, red currants, graphite, dried earth, and cedarwood. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and with ripe yet certainly present tannins, it’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and drink well for a decade. You get a serious, age-worthy Cabernet for not much buck.
Jeb Dunnuck
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/?keyword=forgeron&rating_min=&rating_max=&price_min=&price_max=
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
90
The aromas bring plenty of appeal and complexity, with notes of tar, black cherry, anise and dried herb. Full-feeling cherry flavors follow, showing exquisite balance and length. Black-currant notes linger on the finish. Tart acids finish it off. It's a complete charmer. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2017-cabernet-sauvignon-walla-walla-valley-wa-cabernet-sauvignon/
2019 Viognier
Walla Walla Valley
90
The aromas are bright, with notes of pear, flower and peach. Medium-plus bodied, quite pure-seeming melon and stone-fruit flavors follow. It brings a lot of appeal and spot-on balance. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2019-viognier-walla-walla-valley-wa-viognier/
2017 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
90
Aromas of mango, honey and beeswax are followed by rounded but sleek lemony flavors. It has the pleasing acidity of the vintage. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Wine Enthusiast
https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/forgeron-2017-chardonnay-columbia-valley-wa/
2016 ANVIL Syrah
Yakima Valley
88
With dark red fruits and a wet stone minerality, the 2016 Syrah Anvil Boushey Vineyard wafts with classic black peppercorns spices. Full-bodied, the flavors become shy and quietly subtle, before showing a mineral essence across the mid-palate. Lingering with a rocky, mineral tension, the Syrah becomes almost ethereal on the finish. 201 cases produced.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - Anthony Mueller
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Experience in Woodinville
My daughter and son-in-law invited us to taste at Forgeron in Woodinville last night, where they are club members. Our tasting included the 2014 Facon Blanc, which we purchased, 2014 Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot, the same year as Cab, and the ‘12 and ‘13 Anvil. I had received the ‘12 Anvil for my last birthday, unopened, so it was nice to taste. I was surprised by the consistency and distinctive excellence across the spectrum we sampled, not typical at most wineries. The staff was very busy last night but nevertheless found time to be personable, attentive, and make us feel welcome.
Steven
Experience in Walla Walla
Our group of 6 had a private tasting on a day the tasting room is closed. Marie came in just to accommodate our out-of-town guests. Following an informative tour we were royally treated to a lovely table setting complete with fruits, nuts, meats and French bread. Forgeron Anvil 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was the highlight. Thank you Marie-Eve for an outstanding and very personal event.
Dee
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