Force Majeure was founded in 2004 by Paul McBride and made its name pairing some of Washington’s highly acclaimed winemakers with fruit from one of Washington’s highly acclaimed vineyards, Ciel du Cheval. The winery recently transitioned from Collaboration wines to Estate wines. Todd Alexander, formerly of Bryant Family Vineyards, is the winemaker for the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. Force Majeure recently opened a new winery in Milton Freewater, Oregon.
Purple in color. 15% ABV. 40% Mourvedre, 35% Syrah and 25% Grenache. Savory nose of black and blue fruits, olives, spice and chocolate. Full bodied with ample acidity. Plush, rich and concentrated. Well balanced with gorgeous upfront fruits. Blackberry, blueberry liqueur, roasted herbs and pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Really compelling wine that stands apart from other WA GSM blends. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 points.
Force Majeure is one of the most exciting wineries in the state. The winery is still accepting names for the mailing list.
I blogged about Force Majeure recently in A Vertical Tasting of Force Majeure CS IV.