Sunday, February 14, 2021

Force Majeure Syrah 2015

Force Majeure Syrah 2015

We discovered and gained a deeper appreciate for Red Mountain AVA wines during our Woodinville (Washington) tasting experience where we tasted several fabulous Red Mountain AVA wines. We discovered and acquired this label during our Walla Walla AVA visit hosted and organized by Carrie Alexander of Force Majeure. 

The Red Mountain site was the very first vineyard on the steep, rocky upper slopes of Red Mountain. Developing the Red Mountain estate vineyards involved carefully matching varietal and clonal selections and vineyard trellising and irrigation to the eight distinct soil types in the vineyard.

This 100% Syrah is sourced from the Force Majeure Red Mountain Estate Vineyard, in the Red Mountain, Washington State AVA. The site was formed by the ancient Missoula floods, winds and volcanic activity resulting in many small “micro-blocks,” each uniquely suited to specific grape varietals. The rocky upper-slope with shallow soil is well suited to the cultivation of Rhone varietals such as Syrah and Grenache, while the lower blocks of the vineyard are comprised of deep, well-drained Warden soils, where Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc excel.  

Red Mountain is located in the Yakima Valley AVA which was the first AVA created in Washington State. The  600,000-acre valley in south central Washington is within the Columbia Valley AVA. It is home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state with more than 60 wineries and 16,000 vineyard acres. Nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. 

Winemaking here dates back to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production broke out in the early 1980s Yakima Valley wines gained notoriety with top reviews.

Force Majeure Estate Red Mountain Syrah 2015

This is 100% Syrah sourced from the steep rocky sections of the top of the Red Mountain hillside vineyard.

Winemaker Notes: "The estate Syrah typically exhibits a broad spectrum of black, blue and red fruits, dried herbs and jasmine, fennel, smoked meats and crushed rock along with very fine tannins, great length, balance and complexity."

This was awarded 95 points by Wine Advocate Jeb Dunnuck,  92 points by Stephen Tanzer, and 91 points by Wine Spectator.

Dark blackish garnet colored, full-bodied, rich concentrated black berry fruits, hints of blue fruits, accented with layers of smokiness, minerality and tones of anise, black tea, black olive tapenade and hints of smokey meats, with bright lively acidity and cloying but approachable tannins on the tangy lingering finish.

RM 92 points.