2017 Force Majeure Estate Syrah

Year: 2017
Appellation: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 99
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"A forceful, richly structured red, with vibrant black cherry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper flavors that build tension toward medium-grained tannins. Best from 2021 through 2030. 500 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Made using a semi-carbonic style, the 2017 Estate Syrah showcases an initially shy expression on the nose, leading to a core of deep black fruit with a soft tone of black pepper and dusty violets. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, with a rigid palate and mineral tension, the mid-palate highlights a tight tannic lift. The finish is firm, with a mineral-driven, long-lived expression with elegance and precision. Only 490 cases were made. This will age well, so be patient with this delightful wine and let it come around with time in the cellar." (WA)

"Bright, full medium ruby. Youthfully tight aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice. At once sweet, precise and fine-grained, with the black fruit flavors lifted by underlying minerality and a floral element. This very fresh, northern Rhône-like Syrah conveys an element of liquid rock without being gamey. Tactile tannins dust the front teeth on the long back end. Very impressive. (14.95% alcohol; vinified with 15% whole clusters in concrete and stainless steel, then aged for 19 months in 20% new 300- and 500-liter French oak barrels; 3.85 pH)" (VM)

"A stunning, world-class wine from Red Mountain, the 2017 Syrah Estate is the finest example yet from this steep, rocky terroir and winemaker Todd Alexander. With extraordinary notes of blackberry, smoked game, cassis, graphite, charred meats, and spring flowers, it’s reminiscent of a top Cote Rotie from the Cote Blonde. With full-bodied richness, a beautiful, layered, multi-dimensional texture, ripe tannins, and integrated oak, it’s beautiful today yet will benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise for 15-20 years or more in cool cellars. This sensational wine will stand toe to toe with the best out there." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The Force Majeure estate Syrah is cultivated in a combination of the 8 soil types that exist in our vineyard, with most of it being planted in very steep, very rocky locations, but some also planted in deeper, loamier soils. Fermentation takes place after cold soak in a combination of concrete and stainless steel vats, with some lots in the final blend seeing extended maceration and co-fermentation with Viognier also grown on our site. Élevage is carried out in a combination of new and used French oak barrels and puncheons for +/- 18 months, and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The estate Syrah typically exhibits a broad spectrum of black, blue and red fruits, dried herbs and jasmine, fennel, smoked meats and crushed rock along with very fine tannins, great length, balance and complexity.