Wine Enthusiast 95 points - A tad riper, fuller and richer than the 2009 vintage, this wine is deep, subtle and complex, with a myriad of fruit and mineral flavors. Cassis, olive, fresh herb, toast, caramel and coconut are all in play, balanced and layered. The wine is young, tart and full of promise for the long term; hold at least 10-15 years. - Cellar Selection (Nov 2013)
Collaboration Series I is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend that takes full advantage of Ben Smith’s winemaking talents and skill in assemblage, the putting together of the individual components of the wine. Vineyard Manager Ryan Johnson selects and meticulously farms some of the most coveted vines at Ciel du Cheval for this project, including blocks planted in 1975 and 1982. The result is a sophisticated blend that not only captures the beautiful, unmatched intensity of Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but also possesses the earthiness, spiciness, and minerality from the addition of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine reaches its full potential after several years in the cellar, but can be enjoyed in its youth due to its fine tannins, vibrancy and complexity.
|Force Majeure Vineyards was originally launched as ”Grand Reve Vintners” by entrepreneur Paul McBride and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson in 2004. Grand Reve quickly achieved critical praise and a loyal following for both its wines and vineyard efforts. Now with a new name, Force Majeure seeks to build on its initial success with continued innovation in winegrowing and winemaking.
The term ”Force Majeure” is used to describe the relentless, powerful elements of Nature that form the terroir of our vineyards. It is also the unstoppable force that occurs when the highest level of viticulture combines with an all-star ensemble of Washington State winemaking talent. Our goal is to present a portfolio of wines that compare with the finest in the world.