Vinous 92 points - (a blend of 47% Mourvedre, 42% Syrah and 11% Grenache; made by James Mantone, winemaker for Syncline): Full red-ruby. Distinct Mourvedre aspect to the aromas of black cherry, blueberry, licorice, leather and Serrano ham. Sweet and concentrated on entry, then tightly coiled in the middle, boasting terrific verve and energy to the dark fruit and spice flavors. Most impressive today for its energy and spicy length, this wine should unfold gracefully over the next five to seven years. A very good job of timing the harvest here!
92+ Points (Dec 2014)
Wine Advocate 92 points - The estate’s Rhone-styled blend is the Collaboration VI. Comprised of 47% Mourvedre, 42% Syrah and 11% Grenache, the 2011 Collaboration Series VI was fermented in concrete eggs (some whole-cluster inclusion) and aged 20 months in 500-liter French oak puncheons. Made by James Mantone (of Syncline), it offers classic white pepper, ground herbs, earth and assorted dark fruit characteristics to go with a medium to full-bodied, pure and beautifully textured feel on the palate. Elegant, fresh and with a terrific finish, it will evolve gracefully for 10-12 years. (Jun 2014)
Collaboration Series VI is a Southern Rhone blend deftly crafted by James Mantone of Syncline. While many Southern Rhone-styled wines are Grenache-dominant, we chose to emphasize a variety we feel has great potential in Washington State: Mourvedre. Our approach is to make Mourvedre the major component of Collaboration Series VI, and to use Grenache and Syrah for added character and complexity. James brings insight and knowledge to this project from his years of experience farming and making wine from Rhone varieties. We feel that having James and manager Ryan Johnson collaborate on this wine is a great way to push the boundaries of winegrowing in Washington.
|Force Majeure Vineyards was originally launched as ”Grand Reve Vintners” by entrepreneur Paul McBride and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson in 2004. Grand Reve quickly achieved critical praise and a loyal following for both its wines and vineyard efforts. Now with a new name, Force Majeure seeks to build on its initial success with continued innovation in winegrowing and winemaking.
The term ”Force Majeure” is used to describe the relentless, powerful elements of Nature that form the terroir of our vineyards. It is also the unstoppable force that occurs when the highest level of viticulture combines with an all-star ensemble of Washington State winemaking talent. Our goal is to present a portfolio of wines that compare with the finest in the world.