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2016 Force Majeure US Red Blend "Epinette"

Force Majeure 2016 Epinette

Winery: Force Majeure

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Epinette"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 46% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Red Mountain

State or country: WA

Price: $95

Cases produced: 310

KWG Score: 93.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: August 27, 2019

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Merlot based blend from Washington State is very impressive. It opens with a fragrant blackberry bouquet with hints of blueberry and loam. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, teeth coating and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty complex blend of black olive and blackberry with notes of earthy minerality and oak. I also detected hints of black coffee. The finish is dry and its big sticky tannins build up and last for a long time. Decant this wine in the near term and serve it with a cowboy ribeye or a Colorado lamb chop – Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our Red Mountain Right-bank Bordeaux inspired blend, "Épinette," spent 22 months in 65% new French oak after a long maceration and fermentation in both concrete and stainless-steel vats. The blend changes each vintage, either being dominated by Merlot or Cabernet Franc. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine, should age exceptionally well.

Organic status: not organic

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