Pop and poured to reveal some nice florals of red fruit and spice. Plums, ripe raspberries, pepper, salted meat, caramel, and drying tannins on the palate. Enjoyable now but would expect better things in a few years.
CORAVIN ACCESS #1. Let breathe in the glass for about 30 minutes. Appealing nose of savory, dark red and purple fruit - lots of plums, dark cherry and cassis. Some awesome damp forest floor, pungent mushrooms and black truffles as well as oak and dark spice notes. The palate lends more dark robust and dirty fruit. Awesome meaty steak elements coupled with leather and dark cocoa nibs. Wow. Delicious finish. Fresh and balanced. Nice mid palate and weight on the tongue. Tannins integrated and acid on point. Very nice bottling. One of the more enjoyable Force Majeure I've tasted.
Outstanding syrah from Force Majeure. Absolutely delicious, mouth filling and lush. Smoky and spicy, with deep berry flavor, a touch of tar and just a hint of floral notes, presumably from the viognier and roussanne. Finish lasts 30 sec +. A delight.
Decanted 9 hrs then consumed with grilled strip steaks. Saturated dark purple. Dark and concentrated on the palate though only med/med+ body. Blackberry/plum/blueberry medley with some damp earth and fine minerals, leading to a juicy med length finish where a light pop of clove and brown sugar finish it off. Beautiful polish and a supple mouthfeel, though no funk and little savory elements to speak of, which I love in syrah. Seems to speak more to expert winemaking than the actual vineyard site. Still, a great wine.
Beautiful Syrah. Smoke, tar, violets and earth on the nose. Sweet, rich tannins balancing a full-bodied wine bursting with dark cherries, soy sauce and a salty minerality. There is a smidgen of viognier and rousanne in the wine (1% each) that seemed to provide just a hint of smoothness to the wine. This was tasted with several other syrahs and the FM was definitely the most "feminine" of the bunch. Delicious now.
Didn't take any notes on this one just sat back and enjoyed it. So opulent and teeth staining. Blueberry/huckleberry, smoke, violets, bbq'd meat on the grill, so delicious. A wine this good deserves more attention to detail but it's awesome just to turn off the mind and gulp every once in a while!
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 10/3/2013 (Farm House Cafe, San Diego): Not decanted, but allowed to breathe in glass for 30 minutes. Inky purple-black color. Luscious bouquet of fresh crushed boysenberries and plums, with bacon fat, camphor, and grilled herbs. Full body, seamless, rich and generous, with long finish. Improved with air. Would love to re-visit in a few years. My #3 tonight. 98% syrah, 1% roussanne, 1% viognier.
Generously provided by Andy W. at Farmhouse (San Diego). Dark inky colored wine with a big powerful berry nose. Black and blueberry flavors along with a floral note and plenty of oak spiciness. No real savory aromas or flavors to speak of. Looking forward to sharing my lone bottle in a few years.
Decanted for about 2 hours. Dark inky color. Really fantastic nose of violets, ripe black and blue fruit, campfire, smoke and sweet berry reduction. Really nice. Mostly blackberry and blueberry fruit notes on the palate along with more of the floral notes and just a touch of the smoke. Medium+ acid and tannins but incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel and a nice, long finish. No sense of heat or high abv on the palate at all. This is really good syrah and I think will continue to improve dramatically with age.
I had this with a cheese plate on 3/4/13. It had a fragrant, elegant and harmonious bouquet of floral, blackberry, plum, anise, sage, pepper and spice aromas. The palate was smooth, elegant and layered with flavors of blackberry, plum, licorice, pepper, herb, spice and minerals…softer than I remembered it (enough that the Stilton overpowered it).
Dark purple, inky, teeth strainer but wonderfully complex with excellent structure. Nicely balanced with good acidity. Powerful wine with flavors of blackberry with a slate/granite earthiness. Short finish that developed with spicy food. This is a great wine that needs a lot more time in the cellar. Try again in 2015.
Great wine! Delicious, rich, smooth, surprisingly soft, full-bodied blackberry fruit with black olive, floral, and sweet strawberry flavors, excellent structure, notable depth and complexity, finish a bit short
We had this with rack of lamb at a 6/23/12 Force Majeure winemaker’s dinner. It had a deep and intense bouquet of charcoal, smoked meat, incense, blackberry and plum aromas. The palate was dense, complex and layered with flavors of plum, blackberry, mocha and burnt toast. 93+
A friend & I tasted this at the winery on 3/24/12. It had a powerful, elegant bouquet of blackberry, plum, burnt toast, floral and mineral aromas. The palate was big, bold, tight and dry with flavors of blackberry, plum, mocha, burnt toast, charcoal, and minerals. 93+
Wow, big and pretty with a touch of funk (reminicent of bouche nose, but with ciel fruit). So complex and full of flavor on the palate. Definitely syrah. Great integration, for so much going on. Very powerful PDQ94-95
A very pretty and aromatic wine once the cork was popped. The nose of this wine and the fumes from the oven where the osso bucco was braising had me slipping in my own drool. Huge violet florals, mango, sweet strawberries, and rose on the nose gave me a feeling of tranquility and calmness. Then it grabbed me by the nose hairs and rubbed some iron, a side of beef, spice, and clay/minerals all over my nasal passages to make me feel a little nervous and excited. This continued unto the palate where the light violets, blood orange, herbs, and fresh raspberries battled the dark cherries, blackberries, and lighty peppered smoked meats. There was some real depth to the wine that made me want to try this many years from now. A fun wine to sip on its own and with the veal and risotto. So glad I have few more to track where this is going.