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2016 Force Majeure Vineyards Parvata

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ITEM 8026246 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

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seste6 $60 $60
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I8026246 1 $60 Dec 12, 2021
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96Jeb Dunnuck

...a beautiful bouquet of black raspberries, white pepper, spiced meats, and graphite, this hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and beautiful length.

94Wine Spectator

With a brooding yet polished demeanor, this red builds richness as it goes, offering blackberry, cured meat, loamy mineral and pepper flavors that end with big yet refined tannins.

93The Wine Advocate

...a clean core of fruit on the nose, with black raspberries and wild cherry with a dusty minerality wafting from the glass along with purple flowers and steak au poivre. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is fresh and pure, with a mineral dustiness and a balanced tannic structure that adds to the complexity of the mouthfeel. The wine is focused and displays a delightful expression on the thoughtful, lingering finish.

93James Suckling

Aromas of deep red and dark plums, chocolate and dark cherries lead to a palate that has bright, pure and fresh fruit appeal. The tannins are polished and the spicy, supple fruit cascades through the finish.

92Stephen Tanzer

Musky scents of dark cherry, blueberry, cinnamon and tree bark are complicated by higher-pitched hints of white flowers, grapefruit and white pepper... Offers captivating finesse of texture, showing more detail and inner-mouth lift... Finishes with a ripe suggestion of mocha and subtle length, its firm tannins avoiding hardness...

92Wine Enthusiast

...raspberry jam, herb, white pepper and citrus peel aromas vie for attention. Ripe, full-bodied fruit and coffee flavors follow, with a lingering finish capping it off. It shows depth and intensity...


Force Majeure Vineyards

Force Majeure Vineyards was originally called Grand Reve. It was founded in Woodinville, near Seattle, in 2004. It was a collaboration between businessman Paul McBride and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson. Johnson had spent a decade managing vineyards in Eastern Washington’s prestigious Red Mountain AVA and he and McBride wanted to focus on Rhone-style varietals. Grand Reve, which means “great dream” in French, was soon winning raves and ratings in the mid-90s from Wine Advocate and other reviews. McBride and his wife Susan then changed the winery name to Force Majeure, and they’ve hired winemaker Todd Alexander to oversee winemaking. Alexander was previously winemaker at Bryant Family Vineyard in Napa Valley. More recently McBride and Johnson have also started a project they call the “collaboration” series in which guest winemakers make wines from Red Mountain grapes. Jeb Dunnick of Wine Advocate has called Force Majeure “One of my favorite estates in Washington… The focus here is always Red Mountain fruit, with grapes pulled mostly from the crème de la crème Ciel du Cheval vineyard, and increasingly from their estate Force Majeure Vineyard as more and more plots come online.”


United States, Washington, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain

Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.