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2017 Force Majeure Vineyards Red Mountain Syrah

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November 28, 2021 - $53

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RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...notes of blackberry, smoked game, cassis, graphite, charred meats, and spring flowers...full-bodied richness, a beautiful, layered, multi-dimensional texture, ripe tannins, and integrated oak...

93Stephen Tanzer

...aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice. At once sweet, precise and fine-grained, with the black fruit flavors... Tactile tannins dust the front teeth on the long back end. Very impressive.

92The Wine Advocate

...core of deep black fruit with a soft tone of black pepper and dusty violets. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with a rigid palate and mineral tension, the mid-palate highlights a tight tannic lift...finish is firm, with a mineral-driven, long-lived expression with elegance and precision.

16Jancis Robinson

Aromas of blackberries with a whiff of alcohol. High-octane. Muscular tannins grasp at the edges of the palate while cassis and blackberry flavours seem to lack an anchor and just float away.

REGION

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.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.