Force Majeure 2012 Estate Syrah
100% Syrah | Alc: 14.7% – Smooth and Supple, Big
Columbia Valley, Washington
Force Majeure estate wines are crafted using only fruit from our vineyard on Red Mountain. These wines are made with the utmost care and attention to detail from vineyard to bottle, with only the very best barrels of each wine classified for the final blends.
“Getting a few “wows” and expletives in the notes, the 2012 Estate Syrah is 100% of the variety and comes from the estate’s new vineyard perched high up on the upper slopes of Red Mountain. Reminding me of a young vintage of Guigal’s Cote Rotie La Turque, it exhibits sensational notes of black raspberry, graphite, cured meats, lavender and toasted spices. These all flow seamlessly to a full-bodied, dense, concentrated and pure 2012 that has building, fine tannin and a blockbuster finish. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar, and enjoy bottle through 2032.
The two new estate cuvees come exclusively from their Force Majeure vineyard, with lies high up on the steepest parts of Red Mountain. Starting out, the 2012 Estate Syrah Red Mountain is an off-the-hook effort that possesses a deep, inky/purple color to go with incredible aromatics of smoked dark fruits, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality. Coming from essentially 5th leaf fruit, this thrilling effort is full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with fantastic purity, sound underlying structure and a blockbuster styled finish. Given the overall fruit and tannin quality here, it will be approachable on release and have 10 to 15 years of longevity.” 97+ Points – The Wine Advocate
“Dense and taut, with a tart edge to the raspberry, cherry and spice flavors as they play against firm tannins and linger on the finish. Best after 2016.” 92 pts – Wine Spectator
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