This bottle could be just the “unforeseeable circumstance” you need to cancel all your plans and just sit and savor some spectacular Cabernet. It brings all the Red Mountain majesty with richness and deep structure plus compelling flavors of blackberry, crushed rock and espresso. Jeb Dunnuck gave it top marks for “gorgeous overall balance, ripe yet building tannins, an undeniable sense of minerality, and a blockbuster finish.” It’ll keep for decades in a cold cellar, so don’t be afraid to stock up.
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?
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Estate is much more dense, tannic, backward wine compared to the Walla Walla Estate release. Its deep purple/plum color is followed by a masculine bouquet of crushed rocks, tobacco, iodine, and lead pencil. This carries to a full-bodied Red Mountain Cabernet with gorgeous overall balance, ripe yet building tannins, an undeniable sense of minerality, and a blockbuster finish. Possessing a liquid rock-like minerality (it seems to have been filtered through a bed of rocks), it's mostly educational at this young age and deserves 4-5 years of bottle age. It should keep for 2-3 decades in cold cellars.