ANVIL Malbec

2012 ANVIL Malbec


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. The warm temperatures were optimal for growing Malbec.

$65 ($55.25)
  • Alcohol 14.8% % by volume
  • Aged 16 months
  • pH 3.67
  • TA 0.63 g/100ml
  • Barrel Program 40% New French, 60% Neutral American
  • Harvested Date September 2012
  • Barreled Date October 2012
  • Bottled Date May 2014
  • Released Date May 2014
  • Production 125 cases

In the vineyard

LOCATION: 240-acres, northwest of Mattawa in Grant County. Wahluke Slope AVA.


TERROIR: South-sloping vineyard at 1250 elevation with an overall elevation gain of over 300 feet. Bound by the Columbia River and the Saddle Mountains, this wine-growing region is known as the Wahluke Slope.


Soils are sandy loam, predominately the Scoon series, which consists of very shallow, well-drained soils on terraces and alluvial fans. The underlying sediments and glacial outwash were deposited 13,000-20,000 years ago by the catastrophic floods of glacial melt water (reaching 1450 feet) from the Glacial Lake Missoula.


The average annual rainfall is 7.5 inches, which is at the low end of the range for eastern Washington. This site sees, on average 200 or more frost-free growing days making it one of the longest growing seasons in Washington State. Winds are predominantly from the West and Southwest, and average 8 -12 mph in late summer afternoon.

Appellation Wahluke Slope
Vineyard StoneTree Vineyard

In the cellar

This micro-lot of just 125 cases allows us to showcase the very specific characteristics of Malbec from StoneTree Vineyard in Eastern Washington's warm Wahluke Slope AVA.

Varietal 100% MALBEC

In the glass

Inky, concentrated purple color. Full mouthfeel, rich intense body and all-encompassing yet balanced tannins. 


NOSE: blackberry and raspberry jam, anise, and black pepper


MOUTH: concentrated black fruits, dark chocolate, spice, tart currant, smoky leather, oak, and hints of violet


PAIRING: grilled rib-eye with chimichurri



“A brilliant Malbec, the 2012 Anvil (100% Malbec) offers lots of plum, black cherry, violets, creamy licorice and hints of vanilla to go with a full-bodied, fruit loaded, yet still balanced and classy profile, as well as a heady finish. This is a decidedly pedal-to-the-metal 2012 that won’t appeal to those craving delicate aromas and flavors, yet has tons of charm and is a joy to drink. Drink 2016-2024."
Jeb Dunnuck
June 2015


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