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Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 91.2 points

  • It's only my 2nd or 3rd time tasting Force Majeure wines and I find them fascinating, even if they are not exactly what I usually drink. Very dark opaque purple color that has some ruby towards the rim. Very high viscosity. First slightly muted, but opens up nicely in the glass with some air. Pretty explosive nose of blackberries, black cherries, but also some sour red berries, some sweet spices, dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, bacon, iron and also some flowery notes. On the palate it's mostly dark fruit, but also some red bright fruit, leather, dark chocolate, some sweet spices and some minerality. It's big, full-bodied and dense, with a beautifully high vein of acidity cutting through the richness and medium-high tannin providing some structure too. Long and fresh finish. A very interesting wine, it's very dense and kind of full-throttle, but the super high acidity is adding lift to everything here. Interesting to see how this will age... (94-95)

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  • Decanted then returned to the bottle for 10 hours prior to tasting. Much more restrained than I generally favor, this bottle found a way to seduce me. Maybe it was the soft as cotton tannin or its slinky walk across the palate. Certainly more of a sunken cheeked runway model than a Rubenesque dream, I really enjoyed it over two nights.

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  • Really nice flavors of blackberry, olive and licorice. Finishes with a nice saline quality that lingers.

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  • Full bodied red and with a great nose. Earthy with a hint of berry.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Force Majeure Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Collaboration Series III Red Wine Red Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    9/6/2013, (See more on Washington Wine Report...) ***** points

    (Force Majeure Collaboration Series III Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain) Dark in color, it has very pretty, appealing aromas of dark fruit, barrel spices, raspberry, currant, pepper, and mineral notes. The palate is rich, intense, and focused while still retaining its elegance and freshness. 100% Syrah (4 different clones). Aged in 20 French oak (33% new, Burgundy barrels). 14.7% alcohol. 250 cases produced. Mike Macmorran (Mark Ryan, Manu Propria, Force Majeure Estate) winemaker.

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