2013 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley
94
An impeccably balanced beauty based on 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot from vines planted in 1988, the 2013 Anvil gives up notes of black currants, scorched earth and coffee beans. Rich, full-bodied, impressively concentrated and with killer purity, count me as a fan, and it will drink well for 10-15 years (2017 - 2033).
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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
2014 ANVIL Merlot
Walla Walla Valley
92
The 100% Merlot 2014 ANVIL tv1erlot Minnick Hills Vineyard spent a full 30 months in new French oak. Deep purple in color with a big, unctuous bouquet of blackcurrcnts, graphite, and chocolate, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, rounded, sweet tannin, a big mid-palate, and a great finish. Ripe, sexy, and ready to go, drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
April 2018
2013 Merlot
Columbia Valley
91
This combines Merlot from Minnick Hills and Birch Creek vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley and Candy Mountain in the larger Columbia Valley with smaller amounts of Malbec from StoneTree and Petit Verdot from Dionysus. It's generous in aroma, with plentiful coffee, raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, flower and graphite notes. The palate displays a lot of elegance, with tart acidity providing support. It's a very pretty expression of the variety that should show especially well at the dinner table.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
2013 Mourvèdre
Red Mountain
90
Coming from Red Mountain fruit, the 2013 Mourvedre offers classic, earthy, leathery and spicy characteristics to go with ripe red and black fruits, medium-bodied richness, good acidity and firm tannin. In short, it's a classic, well made Mourvèdre to drink over the coming 7-8 years (drink 2017 - 2025).
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2015 Primitivo
Wahluke Slope
This ancient clonal Zinfandel shows a deep ruby color and an intoxicating nose of blackberry, black currant, plum, bayberry, tobacco, violets, cracked pepper and spiced incense. The dark fruit flavors are thick and bold, yet restrained, with notes of licorice, dark cocoa, espresso and Wahluke scorched earth. On the back, a creamy, opulent texture emerges, with sensations of pressed berries, grilled nut meats, kirsch and cassis liqueurs, orange peel and burnt charcoal, followed by a warm (14.4% alcohol) but not hot, lingering spiced ripe tannin finish. (19/20)
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
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
2014 ANVIL Merlot
Walla Walla Valley
Deep ruby colored, this Merlot possesses am intriguing nose of raspberry, blackberry, Bing cherry, crushed roses, mulberry, tobacco and incense. The medium bodied flavors mirror the aromatics with generous, fleshy, yet focused, dark fruits that are endowed with licorice, Swiss chocolate, French roast and silty minerals. The back reveals sensations of macerated berries, roasted nuts, framboise and kirsch liqueurs, integrated oak (100% new French) and graphite, followed by a lingering, ripe slightly grainy tannin finish. As a fine rendition of Walla Walla Valley Merlot, this gets a plus. 19+/20 points
Rand Sealey
http://www.reviewofwashingtonwines.com/
2016 Façon Blanc
Columbia Valley
This blend of 60% Viognier, 27% Roussanne and 13% Grenache Blanc displays a brilliant lemon-gold color and attractive aromas of pear, white peach, pineapple, grapefruit, honeysuckle, lemon verbena and white incense. The flavors, as well, are appealing with notes of peach stone, pear skin and saline minerals. On the back, a creamy texture emerges, counterpointed by bracing fruit acids, along with poire and pêche liqueurs, hazelnut and grapefruit zest, followed by a refreshingly crisp finish. 18.5/20
Rand Sealey
June 2018
2015 Façon Rouge
Columbia Valley
The red counterpart consists of 58% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre and 11% Grenache. It shows a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black currant, crushed roses, lavender, smoked meats, tobacco, white pepper and spiced incense. The medium full-bodied flavors are comprised of black and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured, with notes of pressed berries, toasted almonds, charcoal and a bit of toasty oak, followed by a ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
Rand Sealey
June 2018
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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