ANVIL Proprietary Blend
ANVIL

2017 ANVIL Proprietary Blend

MINNICK HILLS VINEYARD
WALLA WALLA VALLEY

The 2017 vintage was a difficult one to start, coming off one the coldest winters in Eastern Washington’s history. Despite a late frost our fruit survived. As Spring turned into Summer, Mother Nature delivered an ideal growing season, long enough for our fruit to fully ripen and short enough to ensure we could pick it
before poor weather arrived.

$65 ($55.25)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.5% % by volume
  • Aged 16 months
  • pH 3.93
  • TA 4.5 g/l
  • Barrel Program 91% French Oak, 21% new. 9% American Oak, 80% neutral
  • Harvested Date October 2017
  • Barreled Date November 2017
  • Bottled Date March 2019
  • Released Date August 2019
  • Production 243 cases

In the vineyard

Minnick Hills Vineyard has really become a special vineyard in our hearts. When the fruits of our labor are combined they truly make a magnificent blend. Having worked these wines separately it was really interesting finally putting them together. They worked so well together to create a much larger picture. We are excited to see what this wine will become in the upcoming years.

Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Minnick Hills Vineyard

In the cellar

In the glass

A beautifully deep ruby color in the glass, our Minnick Hills Blend begins with aromas of currant, red berries, complex floral notes and hints of fresh herbs and graphite. In the mouth you experience a lovely medium-bodied structure with refined tannins and balance. Red fruits abound and lead into the precise finish. A great wine to enjoy with steak, or other grilled meats and vegetables

 

Accolades

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=
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/

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