April 13, 2020 - I found the notes in cellar tracker to be right on. The wine is still full-bodied and full of cedar, graphite, blueberry, inky, and pencil shavings. The fruit is on the dryer side and the finish is still a bit astringent. The wine calls for a major pucker up and lip smacking at the end.
I know there is quite a bit of merlot, but this wine is definitely not femine. My concerns would be if the fruit continues to dry out then the alcohol will take over. I think it is ready now and would recommend it to be consumed over the next year.
March 21, 2020 - An intense Napa experience from a WA wine. Explosive oak and jam. Wasn't surprised to see it was 50% Merlot. Love this.
November 5, 2019 - Inky color. Big rich nose. Notes of pine forest, cedar sauna, camphor, blackberry pie.
On the palate, rich, ripe berries, boysenberry syrup. Nice tight persistent tannins. Long lingering finish with black olive and smoked meat.
Strikes a nice balance between the woodsy/savory side of things and the fresh/fruity side. There's a touch of bitterness in the finish which holds me back from scoring it higher but it's not offensive. A very nice, remarkable wine overall that would do well at any meat-centric dinner table.
This wine has plenty of life left in it. I don't think that fruit is going anywhere soon. I think, although opening now is not a mistake, ideal drinking window would be 2025-2035
January 31, 2019 - Decanted for three hours then consumed over the next three. I am happy for everyone else, but I was unable to pierce the oak prophylactic sheathing the wine in order to discover the fruit and complexity underneath. Not that the oak was raw and salient, rather it is integrating nicely, but still remains too determinative of the flavor profile. That being said, the wine presented as suave and sensual across the palate, but I would recommend time.
January 8, 2019 - This ripe and earthy Right Bank blend is quite open-knit at the moment, though it should be better in a year or two. Cherry red in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of black cherry, graphite, and gravel. Tastes of blueberry, red licorice, and fresh white pepper, with a grainy yet sweet finish. Blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot. 14.9% alcohol.
I was an early buyer of Force Majeure, but I found the wines too savory and difficult. I must say this new direction is a welcome one, with plenty of fruit and polish (which reminded me of a Corliss - in a good way). I'm not sure if it's the winemaker (Todd Alexander in 2014), the consultant (Helen Keplinger in 2015), or both, but the results are quite good. I'd be more excited if it were cheaper (now there's a novel sentiment for a wine drinker!), but this is a solid blend with a bright future. 93+ for now, with upside in 2020 or later.
October 27, 2018 - Dark garnet colored, medium full bodied, bright vibrant forward black berry, ripe black raspberry and black current fruits with notes of cigar box, mocha chocolate, hints of leather, anise, graphite and spicy oak with gripping but approachable silky tannins on the lingering finish.
April 21, 2018 - We had this at the 4/21/18 spring release. It had a rich, tight bouquet of plum, smoke, mocha, cocoa and spice aromas. The palate was tight and dry with flavors that followed the nose. This definitely needs time.