Force Majeure Red Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
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99 points Owen Bargreen: "A stunning new bottling that is showing beautifully even so young. Right now the wine is unbelievably good, with a brilliant combination of weight, texture and bright underlying acidity. A fantastic melange of black and blue fruits greet you on the palate, with chocolate, creosote and espresso ground accents. Give this plenty of air before consuming, as this beauty is already signing its high octane. Drink 2023-2033."
97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Unquestionably up with the top wines in the vintage, the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Estate reveals a dense purple hue to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, nicely structured style offering ample cassis and assorted blue-tinged fruits, some classic Red Mountain minerality and scorched earth nuances, beautiful overall balance, integrated oak, and a pure, lengthy style that's going to evolve for 15-20 years in cold cellars. There's enough structure here to warrant a solid 2-4 years in the cellar."
Us: Gosh, what's left to say? This Cabernet manages to be both the beauty and the beast, showing a reasonably massive profile on one hand yet a pure-pleasure deliciousness on the other. Dense and stacked, this is grilled porterhouse-worthy now and obviously, something that can handle age.
2019 vintage notes
Based on what I've tasted over the last two years, I believe this to be the best Washington Cabernet Sauvignon available. To put a much finer point to it, or right about one hundred of them, this is a perfect Washington Cabernet and if I gave scores that is exactly what I'd give it. I love everything about it--resounding dark-fruited intensity, a smorgasbord of Cabernet highlights from graphite to purple flowers, tobacco to mocha. And then there's the way it exists in complimentary realms, showing incredible depth and power paralleled by striking poise and balance.
The two early reviews (including Jeb's barrel taste pre-score from last year and I guarantee you this wine is better now than it was last year) include "stunner," "stunning," and even "astonishingly good." I'll echo that and more: we are witnessing a master at work. It's incumbent on those of us who love Cabernet to revel in Todd Alexander's mastery and to support it by adding this wine to our collections. -Marcus