ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington is always good, but the Cab from our Walla Walla vineyard sources in 2012 was exceptional; thus we bottled it under our ANVIL line. 2012 Was a classic Eastern Washington growing season. Summer was warm with no prolonged, excessive heat events. Late summer and early autumn brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October, allowing late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon to thoroughly complete ripening. 

$85 ($72.25)
  • Alcohol 14.8 % by volume
  • Aged 28 months
  • pH 3.77
  • TA .52
  • Barrel Program 100% new French oak
  • Harvested Date October 2012
  • Barreled Date November 2012
  • Bottled Date March 2015
  • Released Date November 2015
  • Production 239 cases

In the vineyard

Minnick Hills Vineyard is owned and operated by fifth generation farmers. Northeast of Walla Walla on a consistent south-facing slope & resting at a higher Walla Walla elevation than many (1150 feet) with 18” annual rainfall, it still averages 2800 heating degree days. Minnick Hills’ unique soil profile with high volcanic ash content, combined with windblown loess, provides deep, extremely well-drained soils. Certified Salmon-Safe, Minnick Hills uses sustainable weed & pest reduction, & adheres to LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) certification requirements.


Pepper Bridge Vineyard is located south of Walla Walla near the Oregon border. Planted in 1991 by Norm McKibben, it is one of the Valley’s largest, oldest commercial vineyards - nearly 200 acres. Pepper Bridge’s wind-blown loess & lake bed sediment soils drain extremely well. A slightly cooler site, Pepper Bridge ripens 10 - 14 days later than many Walla Walla vineyards. The added hang-time & low yields (2.5 tons/acre) allow a slow, full ripening period embuing depth, age-worthiness, & structure to the fruit.

Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Minnick Hills Vineyard, Pepper Bridge Vineyard

In the cellar

We blended 60% Pepper Bridge with 40% Minnick Hills Cabernet Sauvignon to make a top-tier Cabernet from the Walla Walla Valley. The Pepper Bridge fruit added body, complexity, earthy characteristics, spice and the tart red fruit flavors. The Minnick Hills fruit contributed beautiful sweet red cherry, hints of lush red plums, and soft chalky tannins.


In the glass

Full-bodied and balanced with smooth, strong tannins, intense jammy fruit, and a strong, aromatic finish.


NOSE: dense, inviting, berry, chamomile, dark cherry, dark blueberry, maple, pepper; intense spice, mint, clove


MOUTH: tasty caramel from the new oak, rich cherry, wild blackberries, cigar box, dark chocolate


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese, grilled rib-eye with chimichurri sauce, juicy gourmet burgers


The greatest wine I’ve tasted from this estate, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Anvil checks in as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was raised in new French oak barrels. It’s a big, rich, decadently styled effort that offers beautiful red and black currants, cassis, underbrush, graphite and hints of wild herbs in a full-bodied, pure, layered and textured package that never comes across as heavy or cumbersome.
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from one of the strongest vintages of the last decade and with a full five years in bottle, this blend of Pepper Bridge (60%) and Minnick Hills fruit brings aromas of smoke, barrel spice, cranberry, cherry and dark berry. The dark-fruit flavors are rich, luscious and palate coating. It brings a sense of hedonism and balance that is impossible to ignore.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast


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