Four from Force Majeure

Hello friends. As if Force Majeure’s wines weren’t already difficult enough to source, Jeb Dunnuck came along and said the following to introduce the winery as part of his first set of reviews for Wine Advocate:

“Focusing on site specific fruit (Red Mountain) and utilizing a variety of top winemakers who each make a specific style of wine, Force Majeure (formerly Grand Reve) is the brain child of entrepreneur Paul McBride and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson. I’ve raved about this producer in the past, and I continue to do so here. If anyone doubts that great wine is made in the vineyard, I urge you to taste through this lineup as the quality of the fruit shows in each wine, regardless of the winemaker. While this estate pulls heavily from the Ciel du Cheval vineyard, their estate Force Majeure Vineyard, which is located at the very top of Red Mountain on very steep slopes (I had car “issues” trying to get up them during my first visit in 2010) is just now coming on line and is already showing ample promise. I’ve put these wines in numerous blind tastings with the best wines in the world and they always hold their own. Don’t miss them.”

For a longer origin story of this outstanding winery, check out our inaugural offering. For today, I won’t have much to add to the published reviews, as I have only tasted two of these four latest releases, and not in an environment where I could write extensive notes. The competitive nature of allocations dictates an offering as soon as possible, and given the consistency of style and quality in previous vintages, I’m confident that we all know what we’re getting here.

2010 Force Majeure Collaboration Series I

Collaboration Series I is a Cabernet-dominant Bordeaux blend, and the winemaker is Ben Smith from Cadence, who knows a thing or two about Red Mountain fruit (his entire lineup for Cadence comes from Red Mountain).

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

2010 Force Majeure Collaboration Series III

Collaboration Series III is 100% Syrah, and the winemakers are Mike Macmorran and Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery.

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2010 Force Majeure Collaboration Series V

Collaboration Series V is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the winemaker is Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery.

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 96pts.”

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

2012 Force Majeure Viognier

And a little bonus, a Viognier that now comes 70% from Force Majeure’s ankle-busting hillside planting (the remainder from Ciel). It’s vinified by Mike MacMorran of Mark Ryan, who uses a combination of neutral oak and concrete and puts it through partial malolactic.

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles each of Viognier, CS I, and CS III, and 1 bottle of CS V, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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