2018 Blacksmith Blanc
Yakima Valley
The 2018 Forgeron Blacksmith Blanc received a Silver medal from the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.
2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival
https://www.whatcombeerandwinefoundation.org/wine-awards-and-judging
2017 Blacksmith Rouge
Yakima Valley
The 2017 Forgeron Blacksmith Rouge received a Silver medal from the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.
2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival
https://www.whatcombeerandwinefoundation.org/wine-awards-and-judging
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
www.tastingpanelmag.com
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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2015 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley
93+
"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
Jeb Dunnuck
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2017 Anvil by Forgeron, Minnick Hills Vineyard, '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
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/?keyword=forgeron&rating_min=&rating_max=&price_min=&price_max=
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
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/?keyword=forgeron&rating_min=&rating_max=&price_min=&price_max=
2018 Blacksmith Blanc
Yakima Valley
91
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
James Suckling
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2017 Blacksmith Rouge
Yakima Valley
91
2017 Blacksmith Blanc, Columbia Valley - "This blend has a very fresh array of red berries and plums with a gently smoky edge to the palate, which then turns to a pure boysenberry, mulberry and raspberry finish. 37% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 26% Mourvedre. Drink now. Screw cap." - James Suckling
James Suckling
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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
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/?keyword=forgeron&rating_min=&rating_max=&price_min=&price_max=
2015 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley
90+
2015 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon - Coming from the Dionysus vineyard, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Anvil is blended with 11% Petit Verdot and begins with a nose of dark, juicy red and black fruits, with a thoughtful use of oak and notions of baked earth and wilted flowers. Full-bodied, the wine is compact and complex yet shy at the moment. A growing and persistent tannic expression that builds in the mouth over the long, juicy finish. 205 cases produced. I am curious to see the 2016 bottling. I fear the 2015 vintage may have taken its toll on this wine.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - Anthony Mueller
https://www.robertparker.com/search/wines?q=forgeron%20cellars
2017 Blacksmith Rouge
Yakima Valley
90
2017 BlackSmith Rouge GSM - "Plump and fruit-forward, with appealing black cherry and smoked spice flavors the linger on a bright finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023. 877 cases made." — TF
Wine Spectator
https://www.winespectator.com/wine/detail/source/sitesearch/note_id/1237007
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
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/?keyword=forgeron&rating_min=&rating_max=&price_min=&price_max=
2017 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
90
From the French Creek vineyard, the 2017 Chardonnay Anvil opens with aromas of apples, pears with hints of oak and lemon bars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is softly floral, with a balanced structure and energizing acidity that frames the flavors of lemon yogurt and apple purée across the mid-palate. It ends with a long and thoughtful finish. The wine is a success, and it has me daydreaming of oven-roasted chicken. Only 110 cases were made.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - Anthony Mueller
https://www.robertparker.com/search/wines?q=forgeron%20cellars
2018 Blacksmith Blanc
Yakima Valley
89
A blend of 58% Viognier and 42% Roussanne, the 2018 BlackSmith Blanc is framed by bright fragrance and floral expressions with notions of peach skin, apple peel and citrus custard with a mineral tension to the nose. Full-bodied, the palate is generous, clean and correct, showcasing flavors of stone fruits and waxy flowers, with a dusty lemony finish. The wine lingers long with persistence and focus. 754 cases produced. This shows an excellent value for the price. I am pleasantly surprised. Yum!
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - Anthony Mueller
https://www.robertparker.com/search/wines?q=forgeron%20cellars
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
https://www.robertparker.com/search/wines?q=forgeron%20cellars
2017 Blacksmith Rouge
Yakima Valley
88
The 2017 BlackSmith Rouge is a blend of 37% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 26% Mourvédre that’s wafts from the glass with aromas of dusty cherry and cracked black pepper, with hints of wild strawberry. Medium to full-bodied, the wine turns tarter in the mouth as the red fruit components mingle with distinct black pepper flavors across the mid-palate. Expressions of dusty cherry and strawberry linger in the mouth along with a whisper of spiced orange peel on the mineral-tinged finish. 877 cases were created. It’s quite a lovely wine.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - Anthony Mueller
https://www.robertparker.com/search/wines?q=forgeron%20cellars
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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