Bottle Notes, Syrah

2006 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series II – Bottle Notes

2006 Grand Reve Collaboration Series II

Previously known as Grand Rêve, Force Majeure was founded in 2004 by Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson. Force Majeure pairs some of Washington’s highly acclaimed winemakers with fruit from one of Washington’s highly acclaimed vineyards, Ciel du Cheval. The winemakers contributing to the Collaboration Series is a Who’s Who of Washington winemakers including Ben Smith, Carolyn Lakewold, Chris Gorman, James Mantone, Mark McNeilly, Mike McMorran and Ross Mickel.

The ’06 Collaboration Series II is a blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier and was made by Ross Mickel of Ross Andrew Winery. 14.9% ABV. Still dark purple in color. Dark fruits, olive brine and peppercorn aromas emerge with a little bit of coaxing. Game, flowers, blueberries, bacon fat, minerals, smoke and maybe a hint of brown sugar on the palate. The finish is long and exquisite. Great texture and balance. If I had more bottles…I would enjoy them over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The ’09 CS II was released early last year at a price of $55.

Force Majeure warrants your attention and (as I write this) the winery is still accepting names for their mailing list.

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