ANVIL Chardonnay

2015 ANVIL Chardonnay


Inspired by the great wines of the Montrachet AOC in France, this Chardonnay is powerful and rich but with good acids and minerality to create tension and excitement. A nod to French tradition, we aged this Chardonnay for 16 months in 50% new French oak from Burgundian coopers.

$48 ($40.80)
  • Alcohol 14.2 % by volume
  • Aged 16 months
  • pH 3.46
  • TA 0.55
  • Barrel Program 100% French Burgundian Oak; 50% new Damy barrels
  • Harvested Date August 2015
  • Barreled Date September 2015
  • Bottled Date March 2017
  • Released Date August 2017
  • Production 110 cases

In the vineyard

French Creek Vineyard, managed by Damon LaLonde, takes care to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. They use specific pruning/thinning techniques and in-row vegetation to their advantage, allowing the vineyard to be herbicide-free during the growing season. Sustainability is a core tenet of Forgeron Cellars.


French Creek’s lower elevation, combined with a consistent westerly wind through the Yakima Valley, cools the vines in the evening, allowing the fruit to maintain natural freshness and acidity. The soil is mostly silt loam with occasional spots of clay, caliche, basalt, and river rock. With such excellent drainage, the warm Eastern Washington summer sun, and light annual rainfall (6”- 8”), French Creek is one of our earliest ripening sites.

Appellation Yakima Valley
Vineyard French Creek Vineyard

In the cellar

2015 Was much warmer than normal for Washington State, with January through August ranking as the warmest on record. Although harvest was early, the rhythm of incoming grapes was nicely spread out and we had ample time to ferment both whites (all our Yakima Valley Chardonnay was picked by the end of August) and reds, without feeling much of a crunch.


Acting with the ultimate respect for the fruit at all stages, we opt for a slow fermentation in French oak, and extensive sur lie aging with lees stirring to increase the body of the wine.

Varietal 100% CHARDONNAY

In the glass

Full-bodied, creamy and assertive.


NOSE: honeysuckle, pear, starfruit, fresh mint, hint of nuttiness, oak, and minerals


MOUTH: pear, honey, caramel, and delicate oak


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: scallop and butternut squash risotto



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
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
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