Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 96
Its going to be interesting to see if the 2015 Estate Syrah matches the 2014, and they both showed similar from barrel. The 2015 is a big, full-bodied Syrah that has tons of chalky minerality in its classic Syrah notes of blackberries, licorice and smoked meats. With good acidity, fine tannin and terrific elegance and purity, it will keep for 15+ years. ~RP
Jeb Dunnuck 95
The 2015 Syrah comes all from Red Mountain and offers a full-bodied, yet fresh and elegant profile. Blackberries, scrub brush, smoked meats, and obvious minerality all give way to silky, seamless red that has ultra-fine tannin and great acidity. Its going to put on weight with time in bottle and have 10-15 years of prime drinking.
Our Red Mountain estate Syrah is grown predominantly at the top of our hillside vineyard, where it is steepest and rockiest. The vines must put put down deep roots to gather moisture and nutrients, and the soil helps to create a powerful but elegant wine with a volcanic soil backbone. There are a variety of Syrah clones and trellising methods employed, including gobelet sur echalas Fermentation took place after cold soak in both concrete and stainless steel vats, with some lots in the final blend seeing extended maceration and co-fermentation with Viognier grown on our site. levage was completed in a combination of new and used French oak barrels and puncheons for 18 months, after which the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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FORCE MAJEURE WINES
"One of the top estates in Washington." – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
Force Majeure is an ultra-premium winery located in the Walla Walla Valley, specializing in estate-grown, single-vineyard Bordeaux and Rhône-inspired wines. Our wines are meticulously crafted by former Bryant Family Vineyard Winemaker, Todd Alexander. From its inception, Force Majeure has been defined by its unwavering commitment to outstanding viticulture and exemplary winemaking. Our original estate vineyard is located in the famous Red Mountain AVA and we have added two new vineyard sites over the past couple of years in the Walla Walla Valley. Our estate vineyards are painstakingly farmed by a stellar team.
"Force Majeure" describes the relentless, powerful elements of Nature that form the terroir of our vineyard. It also identifies the "unstoppable force" initiated when the highest level of viticulture is combined with the highest level of winemaking talent.