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 2008 CS V is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Aged 15 months in French Burgundy barrels (100% new). 15.5% ABV. The wine was made by Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery. Bright purple in color. Black fruits, pepper and flowers on the nose. Raspberry liqueur, tar, stones, garrigue and spice on the palate. This wine has definitely picked up some weight since I last had it a year or so ago. The once bright flavors seem more dark and brooding now. Substantial tannins. Decant for several hours or better yet cellar the wine for another 2-4 years.
My rating: 93 points.
Force Majeure warrants your attention and (as I write this) the winery is still accepting names for their mailing list.
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