Red

2011 Force Majeure Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Red Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • Bladams13 Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 8, 2018 - This seems to have improved from my last bottle in November which was disappointing. Wide bottom decant for an hour then rebottled. Expressive nose with a hint of smoke, violets, sweet spices, red and blue berries. Palate doesn’t quite live up to the nose. Juicy dark red fruit out front with a medium body. Finishes with tart cherry and still quite gripping tannins. This was better with grilled steaks than on its own. This was a nice surprise based on my previous bottle and recent reviews. Questioning wether a cool year like 2011 still at 14.7% is truly representative of this label’s style.

    Day 3. Improved some. Tannins softened, picked up some weight, added a fig note, the nose wasn’t quite as expressive and more focused on red fruit and spice. Much more in balance.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • WineGuyDelMar Likes this wine: 89 points

    December 30, 2017 - Same as last notes. Light body, minimal extraction & short finish. Balance was fine but for the price I'm looking for much more out of a Syrah

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Winevestor wrote: 89 points

    November 26, 2017 - Oh dear. I bought 3 bottles of this in auction. Big disappointment. I've been drinking all sorts of the Washington wines and they are (typically) greeeeat. I'm focusing on the Syrahs. This however was a pedestrian if well-made wine.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • ChrisinSunnyside wrote: 89 points

    November 11, 2017 - Nose is blackberry tar lavender, palate is medium to lightweight blackberry, short finish, drying tannins. Pretty direct varietal correct $20 Syrah. Unfortunately it cost almost 3 x that much.

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  • WineGuyDelMar Likes this wine: 89 points

    November 9, 2017 - Compared to a California Syrah this tastes tart, thin, light mouthfeel and not extracted. 14.7% alcohol but tastes far less and more cool climate. No WoW factor for me but maybe my palate doesn't appreciate this style of Syrah.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • 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 405 (69%)
  • Consumed 186 (31%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

baked potato, corn on the cob, Steak

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