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.
Purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Made by Ross Mickel of Ross Andrew Winery. A blend of 55% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 19% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier. An alluring nose of dark fruits, game and flowers. Full bodied with great acidity. Grilled meats, blueberries, peppercorns, coffee and cherries on the palate. The long, rich finish completes this wine. Drink over the next 4-6 years.
My rating: 93 points.
In just a few short years Force Majeure has become one of the top 5 Syrah producers in Washington. Look for the 2011 version that was recently released. $55 at the winery and retail.
Force Majeure warrants your attention and (as I write this) the winery is still accepting names for their mailing list.
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