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2011 Force Majeure Collaboration Series III RP--96


Item Description: This bottle is in new condition with no known issues

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Robert Parker: 96 Points
Wine Advocate #213 Jun 2014 Jeb Dunnuck 96 Drink: 2014 - 2029 $58 (58) Also incredible, especially in the vintage, the 2011 Syrah Collaboration Series III (also made by Mike MacMorran) spent slightly less time in oak, with 18 months in 33% new French barrels and larger puncheons. Creme de cassis, pepper, lead pencil shavings and spring flowers are just some of the nuances here, and this full-bodied, rich and layered effort has no hard edges, integrated acidity and a terrific finish. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity. One of my favorite estates in Washington, Force Majeure is run by Paul McBride and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson. The focus here is always Red Mountain fruit, with grapes pulled mostly from the creme de la creme Ciel du Cheval vineyard, and increasingly from their estate Force Majeure Vineyard as more and more plots come online. Each cuvee is made by a different winemaker, and theyíre allowed a relatively free hand with regards to pick dates and vinification. The result is a myriad of styles, yet the purity of the fruit from these two great sites is always present. Looking at the different cuvees, their Collaboration Series I is their Bordeaux styled- blend and is made by Ben Smith. The Collaboration II (which I tasted out of barrel in 2011 but neither it nor the 2012 were presented for this report) is a Syrah and Viognier blend thatís made by Ross Michel. The Collaboration III is a 100% Syrah thatís made by Mike MacMorran with the goal to highlight Washington State Syrah, namely Red Mountain. Their Merlot-dominated wine is the Collaboration IV, and itís made by Carolyn Lakewold of Donedi Wine. Their 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is the Collaboration V and is made by Chris Gorman (Gorman Winery). And lastly, the Collaboration Series VI is their Rhone-styled release made by James Mantone of Syncline. In addition, they do a number of new estate release, and reserve wines as well. I believe the winemaker for these efforts is Mike MacMorran. The estateís 100% Cabernet Sauvignon release is the Collaboration V and is made by Chris Gorman, of Gorman Winery. Itís always made in a rich, full-throttle style, yet is never over-the- top.

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