Parabellum is [Red Mountain luminary] Force Majeure’s second label that uses estate fruit to create approachable wines ready to enjoy now. The Wine Advocate said “the 2014 Parabellum is an entry-level wine that way over-delivers. Blackcurrants, graphite, lots of minerality, chocolate and just a touch of floral notes all flow to a rich, medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced Bordeaux blend that’s going to drink nicely for at least 7-8 years, and my money is on even longer.”
A “Force Majeure” is a legal term meaning an unanticipated, unstoppable force, which is a fitting handle for this Red Mountain winery founded in 2004, which has swiftly rocketed to critical acclaim recently. It’s no wonder. You get the legendary Dick Bouschey to manage your hillside vineyards, you hire Helen Keplinger to consult, and hire former Bryant Family winemaker Todd Alexander to make the wines, and, bada bing, you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. Force Majeure is becoming a pacesetter in Washington’s Red Mountain AVA, these rhône-style wines are about as good as it gets – Cayuse fans, you got yer ears on?