Red

2009 Force Majeure Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Red Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 39

  • recotte Likes this wine:

    October 9, 2019 - Hmm, seems my CT inventory is off, insofar as this was definitely in my Eurocave but not in CT. Anywho...

    PnP, this was showing very well on initial pour at slightly warmer than cellar temperature. As time wore on and temperature increased to room temp, it fell out of balance, with tannins becoming somewhat harsh, overpowering the still strong fruit. Still, at ten years in, this is drinking well, if you keep the temp under control.

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  • Stumpy wrote:

    March 31, 2019 - Disintegrated cork and flat bottle

  • garambler Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 26, 2018 - I opened this for my 10/26/18 Series III vertical tasting. It had a rich, ripe and very fragrant nose of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, plum, toast, licorice, pepper and spice aromas. The palate was rich, layered and dry with good lift…flavors of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, plum, toast, licorice, pepper, spice and minerals. 93+

  • JGinMO wrote: 91 points

    August 24, 2018 - This was great but definitely a fruit bomb, with good earthiness showing through. Incredibly young at 9 years in.

  • Anonymous wrote: 92 points

    November 11, 2017 - 14.5% abv. Thick black color, dark blue fruits, red licorice perfume. 10/10 on the delicious scale. $50

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165 (link)

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

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #12, 6/23/2012 (link)

    (Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Syrah Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard) Subscribe to see review text.

Washington Wine Report

  • By Sean Sullivan
    6/21/2012 (link) ***** points

    (Force Majeure Collaboration Series III Syrah Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain) Opaque with a purple rim. An immediately appealing, aromatically complex wine marked by dark, brambly fruit, mineral, raspberries, and an underlayer of spice. The palate is fresh and rich with winding fruit flavors and a distinct mineral streak. Lingers on the finish. A thoroughly delicious expression of Washington Syrah. Give two years. 100% Syrah. Aged in French oak (30% new). 14.9% alcohol. 250 cases produced. Mark McNeilly winemaker. Note: To be released Fall 2012.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Force Majeure
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Collaboration Series III
  • Vineyard Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Red Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 319 (51%)
  • Consumed 309 (49%)

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