2017 Force Majeure Parvata Red Blend

Year: 2017
Appellation: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley
Country: USA-Washington
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 95+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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Blend: 43% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache , and Counoise as well as Cinsault

"The 2017 Parvata is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah that shows precision, focus and mineral tension, along with a core of red fruit tones, including wild strawberry, dark cherry and spiced red plums. Medium to full-bodied and clean on the palate, the wine has soft red spices and structured grainy tannins, with subtle oak spices on the correct and expressive finish. Showing well now, this wine is slated to be released in 2020. Only 420 cases made." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. Lovely verve to the aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and sexy oak. Densely packed and fresh, with its flavors of crushed blackberry, bitter chocolate, licorice and exotic Asian spices showing much more grip than the 2015 bottling. Still a bit youthfully rigid today and in need of a year or two of patience. My second bottle showed similar aromas and flavors but was richer, broader and more pliant, finishing with ripe, fine-grained tannins and building length. (14.8% alcohol; aged in 25% new French oak, mostly 400- and 500-liter barrels; 3.89 pH)" (VM)

"Another great vintage for this cuvée, which was first released in 2015, the 2017 Parvata is based on 43% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Counoise and Cinsault. It’s a powerful, backward effort (not surprising, given the high Mourvèdre content) and offers lots of bloody, iron-laced blue fruits, violets, incense, herbes de Provence, and peppery spices on the nose. These carry to a full-bodied red that has beautiful fruit, terrific overall balance, and building yet ripe tannins. It’s terrific, but it needs 3-4 years of bottle age, at which point it’s going to evolve for at least a decade." (JD)

Winery Notes::
Parvata means “mountain” in sanskrit, and is the name for our southern Rhône-inspired blend, grown mostly in the sandy, loamy soils of the lower section of our Red Mountain vineyard, which bring to the wine a good degree of finesse and high-toned aromatic notes, white pepper, dried herbs and grapefruit peel. Fermented after cold soak in concrete vats, it receives a gentle extraction before being barreled down to spend approximately 18 months in a small percentage of new French oak, utilizing both large format puncheons and barrels. The blend will change each year and will eventually be driven by Grenache as more of our plantings come into production. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.