The only 100 point score given to a Pacific Northwest Cabernet Sauvignon since the 2014 vintage. This is a big deal and it's also in this offer. If you've followed our recent Walla Walla missives, you might have already guessed who's responsible. That's right, it's Force Majeure. As we wrote a handful of weeks ago, no one in the Northwest is making better bold red wines than Force Majeure's Todd Alexander. And here's perfect-wine, definitive proof.
Since Force Majeure's 100 point Walla Walla Estate Cab is a total collector's wine, today's offer is slightly different. We have 18 bottles to allocate (6 will be made available later this year in our Northwest Big Reds Collector's Case) and to make it as fair as possible, please send us your requests before the end of today. It is not available to add to your shopping cart. We've included 5 other Force Majeure wines below; preference will be given to those who've supported Force Majeure and those who order/request the additional wines. Thank you for your understanding and apologies in advance that we'll likely not be able to please everyone. With that, we present perfection:
100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lots of blue fruits, cassis, violets, lead pencil, and tobacco notes emerge from the glass of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Estate, a magical, incredible Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rocks region of Walla Walla, as well as a perfect wine. It's deep purple/ruby-colored, full-bodied, deep, and opulent on the palate, with terrific elegance as well as a rich, complex earthiness that develops with time in the glass. However, it's not a classic Rocks wine, and the exotic funkiness is largely concealed behind classic Cabernet typicity. It reminds me of the 2009 Château Haut-Bailly with its rare mix of richness and power, and while it was brought up in almost all new French oak, you wouldn't know it by tasting it. Everything is perfectly balanced, it has silky tannins, a great mid-palate, and one heck of an impressive finish. It's a candidate for the wine of the vintage and should be snatched up by readers. Don't miss it."
$118.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($129.95 regular)
Us: This gorgeous Cabernet is settling into itself beautifully. There are fine tannins here, sure, but they're expertly woven into the sumptuously black-fruited fabric of the wine. I have no quarrel with drinking it now (I've had 2 bottles in the last 6 months and loved both of them) nor with suggesting it will age for 30 years. Both work.
95 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive for its richness and deep structure, this red screams Red Mountain, offering compelling blackberry, crushed rock and espresso tones that build tension toward firm tannins. Best from 2022 through 2031." Also 99 points Decanter, 97+ points Jeb Dunnuck.
$89.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($99.95 regular)
95+ points Jeb Dunnuck: Billed as the estate’s Right Bank blend, the 2017 Epinette is all estate and 53% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. It’s a rich, powerful, Château Pavie-like wine that has classic Red Mountain minerality as well as notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, violets, sagebrush, and white truffles. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, with building tannins, it’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years.
$149.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($159.95 regular)
"A tour de force in Washington and Oregon wine. Not needing any decant, the ‘SJR Vineyard’ Syrah bursts out of the glass with Hoisin sauce and Umami aromatics that dramatically combine with shades of green olive tapenade, and white pepper dusted bacon fat that all take shape in the glass. The palate has a seamless quality, effortlessly showing off its soft mouthfeel and pillowy texture that mingles with a solid acid backbone. Decadent blackberry cobbler flavors sing in unison with suggestions of milk chocolate covered dark cherry, smoked brisket, creosote and roasted dates. A complete wine, the 2017 Force Majeure ‘SJR Vineyard’ Syrah is fantastic in its youth will provide drinking enjoyment for a decade or more, picking up more savory and tertiary components as it gracefully ages. Drink 2020-2032." 97 points. -Owen Bargreen of Vinous, Decanter, and his own wine reviewing site