Force Majeure Red Mountain Estate Syrah 2020
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98 points Owen Bargreen: "The very heady new 2020 ‘Red Mountain’ Syrah bottling has a touch of Viognier blended in. Stored in 25% new French oak before bottling, this comes from 10 different blocks of Syrah which was planted on a steep, rocky hillside. This wine is absolutely seamless throughout the drinking experience. Iodine, white pepper, bulls blood, creme de violette and wet stone. Muscular and full-bodied, this is absolutely scintillating stuff that is drinking marvelously right now. Drink 2023-2031."
97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Co-fermented with 2% Viognier, the 2020 Syrah Red Mountain Estate reveals a deed purple/plum color as well as gorgeous aromatics of red and black fruits, chalky minerality, ground pepper, and smoked meats. This rich, full-bodied, concentrated, structured Syrah has plenty of mid-palate density, building tannins, and a great finish. It needs 2-4 years of bottle age, but this brilliant Syrah will have two decades of overall longevity."
Us: Seeeerious Syrah, inky and full-bodied with loads of fruit to match its structure. Our drinking/holding guidelines fall between the two notes above—if you have the right meal or simply like bold, young Syrah this will bowl you over now but a few years in the cellar is a fine way to go, too!