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Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Force Majeure Vineyards
United States - Washington - Red Mountain

The estate Cabernet Sauvignon is grown primarily along the southwest ridge of the vineyard. The vines produce small berries with bountiful flavor, concentration and intensity, but also a good degree of finesse, excellent structure and layers of complexity that will continue to develop during extended bottle aging for those who want to cellar and age their wines. The wine is powerful, elegant, full-bodied.

Specifications
Appellation
Red Mountain
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of vines
11 years old
Soil type
Deep and loamy but contain many small rocks of fractured basalt, concreted ash and granite from Missoula flood erratics.
Vinification
Fermented in concrete and stainless closed top tanks.
22 months in 75% new French oak barrels
Native yeast, 5 day cold soaks
Pumpovers and punch-downs, up to 45 day macerations
100% free run
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Production
425 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2017 Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 PTS - WS

2017 Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 PTS - WS

wine spectator 93 pts"Opens with a burst of rich black raspberry and smoky pepper flavors, building tension and structure toward muscular, mineral-tinged tannins. Best from 2022 through 2030. —Tim FISH"

- Wine Spectator's Insider (June 10th 2020), 93 pts

2017 Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92+ PTS - VINOUS

2017 Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright full ruby. Musky, very ripe scents of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry and licorice--not quite port-like but less nuanced than the Epinette blend. Wonderfully glossy, rich and suave in the middle palate, with very ripe, deep dark berry and milk chocolate flavors accented by menthol and herbs. The wine's superripeness, fatness and underlying herbal and mineral notes should come into greater harmony with another few years of bottle aging bottle; today the Epinette blend is easier to drink. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 92+ pts

2016 Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 99 pts - JD

2016 Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 99 pts - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Estate is a thrilling effort from winemaker Todd Alexander that rates with some of the most monumental wines to come out of Washington State. Based on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from their estate vineyard on Red Mountain, brought up in mostly new barrels, it reveals a saturated purple color that's followed by a rich, primordial bouquet of crème de cassis, espresso roast, crushed rock, and graphite. It needs considerable air to start to show its potential yet is a full-bodied, powerful wine that has subtle oak, plenty of sweet tannins, and a huge, layered finish that won't quit. It's the tannin management that's truly spectacular. This brilliant wine needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will keep for 2-3 decades."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 99 pts

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Producer Information: Force Majeure Vineyards

Force Majeure is an ultra-premium winery located in the Walla Walla Valley, specializing in estate-grown, single-vineyard Bordeaux and Rhône-inspired wines. Their wines are meticulously crafted by former Bryant Family Vineyard ...
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