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
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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
2015 Façon Blanc
Columbia Valley
92
Forgeron always makes a quality white and the 2015 Façon Blanc is no exception. Buttered citrus, white flowers, brioche, and spice notes all emerge from this rich, medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, juicy white that has richness and freshness. This vintage is 39% Roussanne, 34% Viognier, and 27% Grenache Blanc. Aged 4 months in 100% neutral French oak.
Jeb Dunnuck
April 2018
2015 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
91
The value-priced 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley is 100% Chardonnay brought up in 35% new French oak. Apple blossom, white flowers, spice, and a hint of pineapple all emerge from the glass. It’s rich, textured, and balanced on the palate, with beautiful fruit.
Jeb Dunnuck
April 2018
2015 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
91
Editor's Choice: This is a true pan-Washington Chardonnay, made from grapes from Yakima Valley, Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley and Wahluke Slope. Its clarified butter, lemon curd, white peach and spice aromas lead to a full-bodied, creamy palate, with plentiful lemony accents. It's richer in style than recent vintages, but the warm year no doubt contributed to that.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
2013 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
90
The 2013 Columbia Valley Chardonnay, which incorporates 4% Roussanne, has classic Chardonnay flair in its white peach, white flowers, toasted bread and citrus aromas and flavors. Juicy, fresh and lively, drink it over the coming 2-3 years. While Washington State continues to struggle with Chardonnay, this is a solid effort worth checking out.
Jeb Dunnuck
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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
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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
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2013 ANVIL Chardonnay
Yakima Valley
90
Clean, balanced, medium-bodied effort that gives up classic citrus, buttered apple, leafy herbs and kiss of oak. Harvested early in September and aged in new and once used French oak, drink this classy, impeccably made Chardonnay over the coming 2-4 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2015 Façon Blanc
Columbia Valley
90
This blend of 39% Roussanne, 34% Viognier and 27% Grenache Blanc offers nuanced apricot, peach, flower and spice aromas. It's full bodied and juicy on the palate, with textured stone fruit-like flavors. Peach notes linger on the warm finish.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
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.
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2014 Chardonnay
Columbia Valley
Before landing in Walla Walla, Marie-Eve Gilla studied at the University of Dijon and worked at several wineries in Burgundy (Chardonnay’s ancestral home). No surprise, then, that her Chardonnays for Forgeron Cellars consistently stand toe to toe with considerably pricier versions. This 2014 comes from six vineyards scattered across Washington, and it offers creamy peach and apricot fruit complemented by subtle, attractive notes of oak and earth.
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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
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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