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 Vintage2009 Label 2 of 10 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2008 vintage.)
ProducerGrand RÍve Vintners / Force Majeure (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationCollaboration Series IV
VineyardCiel du Cheval Vineyard
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationRed Mountain

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2022 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 28 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Magnum Bill on 5/9/2015 & rated 89 points: Decanted for three hours. Should have been longer. The bottle was still closed, however the potential was obvious. I still have two bottles, so next time I'll be more patient and hopefully enjoy its full beauty. (1103 views)
 Tasted by Pedroel on 4/8/2015 & rated 93 points: ready to go! (1257 views)
 Tasted by Grb040 on 3/14/2015 & rated 93 points: 5 hours decanting, really great. (1179 views)
 Tasted by Grb040 on 3/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Coravin #2:
Not sure what happened this time round. Maybe something happened to the cork since I coravined the first time or it needs more time in the glass. (Gave a longer decant in glass last tasting time, only about 1 hour this time) The nose was nice to begin with, complex, but then changed to straight rye whiskey and did not change. Hopefully does better next time. If you can get past the nose the palate was pleasant and balanced. (1264 views)
 Tasted by Grb040 on 3/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Relaxation Sunday 1 (Kitchen): Nose: flowers, violet, prunes and cinnamon
Short finish (1028 views)
 Tasted by cab blends on 3/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Very dark red and a lot going on in the nose. Cinnamon and berries with prunes and ether. I think this needs 8 or more hours of decanting.

The strong merlot base comes through. On the palate more like a french bordeaux. (1470 views)
 Tasted by tuccipa on 2/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Not much to add from previous notes other than this bottle was a little cloudy. (1113 views)
 Tasted by captjimo on 2/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Accessed one glass from 750ml via Coravin. Nose was outstanding, could smell it from across the room. Big floral sents, dark fruit, spice and a bit of chocolate. After air in the glass lots of fruit on the palate along with cinnamon and other spices with some vanilla and chocolate at the end. (901 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 2/7/2015: Q1 Tasting - Spanish wines (The Apartment): Decanted prob an hour or two before we began pouring. Didn't take detailed notes on this one, but it was well enjoyed by everyone. Good mix of earth and fruit. Nice and delicious. (1123 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 1/28/2015 & rated 94 points: PnP w/8 hr decant, 1 hour glass. WOW. The nose is maybe the best and most intoxicating that I've ever experienced. This wine is huge in all aspects - nose, taste, finish. Rich, not overly ripe, unreal in power, proper fruit and super long finish, I doubt you will find a better WA blend. Not for the meek. Thanks Tim, you've done it again. (1233 views)
 Tasted by wine-strategies on 1/26/2015: Full-on delicious, with structure and purity to boot. This is the real deal, and the 8 1/2 hours of aeration in decanter proved the right call. Highly perfumed, penetrating nose of red and black fruits, exotic brown spices, soil. Full-bodied, multi-layered, with plenty of fresh acids and ripe, fine tannins. Avg+ finish, this continued to unfold through the last glass despite the significant aeration prior to service. Built like a tank - in a good way. 13,7% abv., thru 2023 highly recommended

Served non-blind. (1554 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 1/24/2015: First time with a Force Majeure and I really enjoyed it. Opened and drank over the course of a few hours. In retrospect should have decanted. It opened up quite well over time. Lots of dark red fruit. Nice silkiness. Strong tannins. Would wait to drink the next one. (893 views)
 Tasted by rwilk_2000 on 1/7/2015 & rated 93 points: Yum. Drank over about 3 hours. Beautiful nose. Initially tasted a little closed and tannic, but opened up with decant and air to a beauty. Well integrated fruit. Maybe a little vanilla. My first FM and really loved it. (1376 views)
 Tasted by BornToRhone on 12/30/2014 & rated 93 points: 750ml; PnP; I really like this merlot based right bank style blend. The merlot flavors really shine but the other components keep it bright and provide structure. Highly Recommended, good QPR IMHO. (1204 views)
 Tasted by kenthargis on 12/14/2014 & rated 90 points: I enjoyed this more than K. Merlot majority was present initially, but the color and heft of the petit verdot was also evident. Lush without being over the top, this was nice. Would be interesting to see again in a few years. (1081 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/4/2014 & rated 95 points: Delicious, rich black cherry fruit with plum and chocolate flavors, excellent structure, very round and smooth, ample tannins, nice finish, wine is drinking beautifully, this wine showcases the greatness of the Ciel du Cheval vineyard (1159 views)
 Tasted by jtinto on 10/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Big wine, but in a good way. Rich, but not heavy. Give this a good decant or preferably a couple of years to rest. 92+ 13.7% ABV (2490 views)
 Tasted by KCBrian on 9/23/2013 & rated 92 points: My first FM wine and I loved it! I sort of have a Right Bank slant to my tastes so I was excited to open this bottle. Decanted and allowed to breathe for about 1.5 hrs. This wine is very dark in the glass with a lovely rich color. The nose is dominated by dark stone fruit and bramble. It is still a bit tight.......but I wanted to try before I ordered more! Very drinkable right now but will definately be better with a few more years. Tannins are ever present but there is good acidity along and it is not hot with alcohol. Very fruit foward in the taste but not a fruit bomb. Paired with 14 day old dry aged ribeye steaks. Perfect. Am looking foward to Day 2 with the other half bottle tonight. (2470 views)
 Tasted by ClubTerry on 6/25/2013 & rated 94 points: When you consider this is a Bordeaux blend that is over 60% merlot based blend it is amazing how big and massive this wine is. Dark berries and plum, followed by hint of cherry and tobacco with firm tannins. I decanted this baby for 10+ hours. It needs some serious air as it is a baby and at the moment pairs better with a nice steak. (2542 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 4/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Deep dark red core that is opaque. Bright reflections and medium-high concentration to this wine that also displays moderate viscosity.
Aromas, after 1 hour+ decant, are clean and moderately-plus intense. Youthful bouquet of plum, cassis, blackberry liquor, and dark berries are layered with aromas of ash, flowers, chocolate ganache, vanilla, spice and toasty oak notes that wraps everything up nicely.
The palate is full and luscious with good weight and silky texture. Flavors of blackberry, ripe black plum, and currant with a spice note and hints of graham cracker are well integrated with flavors of wood, vanilla and dark chocolate. The finish is moderate-plus in intensity and length lingering on toasted oak, vanilla and concentrated berry flavors. Tannins are moderate plus and very well integrated with the acidity and alcohol. (2404 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 4/13/2013 & rated 92 points: Friends and I tasted this at the winery on 4/13/13. It had a strong, ripe bouquet of black cherry, plum, mocha, cocoa and spice aromas. The palate was rich, ripe, tangy and a little hot with flavors that followed the nose. (1894 views)
 Tasted by pdemaio on 3/18/2013 & rated 92 points: In the typical overripe free style of Carolyn's IVs, but definitely more restrained. I think the wine benefits from the addition of other Bordeaux varieties this year in terms of complexity. Will be interesting to see how this changes over time.
PDQ92 (1689 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 3/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Friends and I tasted this at the 3/16/13 Spring Release. It had a ripe, expressive bouquet of plum, black cherry, black currant, cocoa, herb and spice aromas. The palate was smooth and soft with ripe flavors of plum, black cherry, cocoa, herb and spice. 91+ (1335 views)
 Tasted by dlcass on 7/6/2012 & rated 94 points: Delicious, young, wait 7-10 years. (982 views)
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Grand RÍve Vintners / Force Majeure

Producer website | Grand Reve is renamed to Force Majeure

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Ciel du Cheval (named for the wonderful views of the neighboring Horse Heaven Hills) sits further down the Red Mountain slope from Tapteil on slightly more vigorous soils. Jim Holmes has employed a fan trellis system and careful management to great effect; the wines are among the most elegant from Red Mountain without sacrificing any of the power and intensity typical of the terroir.


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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Red Mountain

WinesNW Article on Red Mountain

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