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 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
The 2016 Forgeron Chardonnay 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 Imaginarium Red Wine by Forgeron Cellars
Columbia Valley
Forgeron's 2016 IMAGINARIUM Red Blend received a Gold medal at 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
2015 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
94
The top Chardonnay is the 2015 ANVIL Chardonnay French Creek Vineyard, 100% Chardonnay that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak. Lighter gold-colored with rocking notes of sautéed citrus and stone fruits, brioche, honeysuckle, and white flowers, this beauty is concentrated, supple, and pure, with terrific elegance and purity. It's incredibly classy, has a touch of oak to integrate, yet should keep for 7-8 years, probably longer.
Jeb Dunnuck
JebDunnuck.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
www.jebdunnuck.com
2014 Façon Rouge
Columbia Valley
92
The 2014 Facon Rouge checks in as a blend of 58% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre, and 16% Grenache brought up in mostly neutral barrels. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by lots of ripe black cherry and darker berry fruits, damp earth, and underbrush aromatics. With a rich, full-bodied style, beautiful purity and fine tannin, it’s a terrific wine from Marie-Eve Gilla. It should keep for 7-8 years, if not longer.
Jeb Dunnuck
April 2018
2015 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
92
Sourced from one of the state's top Chardonnay sites, this wine was aged longer in barrel (16 months vs. 10), with a greater percentage of new oak (50% vs 35%) than the winery's Columbia Valley bottling. Its toast, cardamom, peach and clarified butter aromas are followed by full-bodied, creamy stone fruit flavors with plentiful spice accents. It's a delicious expression of the variety from a warm vintage.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
2014 Façon Rouge
Columbia Valley
91
Editor's Choice: This blend of 58% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre and 16% Grenache hails from Boushey and Heart of the Hill vineyards. Subdued out of the gate, it offers raspberry, white pepper, herb, cherry pit and marionberry aromas as it opens. The flavors are graceful, pretty and balanced.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
2016 Façon Rouge
Walla Walla Valley
91
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.
Jeb Dunnuck
www.jebdunnuck.com
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
jamessuckling.com
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
jamessuckling.com
2016 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
90
2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 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
Jeb Dunnuck
https://jebdunnuck.com/wines/693693/
2016 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
90
2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley Editor's Choice 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
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
https://www.winemag.com
2018 Viognier
Walla Walla Valley
90
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.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
www.winemag.com
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
This Cabernet offers a deep ruby color and attractive aromas of wild blackberry, cherry and plum, with scents of crushed roses, bayberry, sweet tobacco, cedar, sandalwood, olive and incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with notes of licorice, dark chocolate, French roast and earth. The back picks up macerated berries, roasted nuts, toffee, mocha and moderate oak (35% new), followed by a long, supple, yet structured, ripe tannin finish. (18.5/20)
Rand Sealey
Review of Washington Wines
2015 Zinfandel
Horse Heaven Hills
This Zin offers a deep purplish ruby color an intense nose of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, rosebuds, tobacco, brambles, bacon and spiced incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with lush, ripe, yet focused black and red fruits that are infused with licorice, cocoa, dark roast coffee and Horse Heaven scorched earth. The back picks up pressed berries, roasted nuts, mocha and burnt charcoal, followed by a savory, spiced (nutmeg, clove) ripe tannin finish. (18.5/20)
Rand Sealey
Review of Washington Wines
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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