2010 Grand Reve Vintners Force Majeure "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard - Collaboration Series VI" Red Mountain Rhone Blend

SKU #1276543 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A brilliant Southern Rhone-like blend of 56% Mourvedre, 38% Syrah and 6% Grenache that was fermented all in concrete and aged in neutral French oak puncheons, the 2010 Collaboration Series VI was made by James Mantone of Syncline Wines. Spectacular, with vividly defined aromas of blackberry, pepper, flowers, underbrush and licorice, it flows onto the palate with lively acidity, polished tannin and an elegant, seamless texture that has no hard edges and an overall classy, refined feel. Already approachable and complex, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and drink nicely for 10-12 years. Drink now-2025. 94+ (JD)  (6/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This is a marvelous wine, made for Force Majeure by Syncline's James Mantone. A delectable blend of 56% Mourvèdre, 38% Syrah, and 6% Grenache, it's a spice rack of aromatics, with flavors of boysenberry and raspberry over crushed rocks. Tight, tart and tangy, it has remarkable depth and density, and should age beautifully for at least a decade. (PG)  (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Firm tannins underlie blackberry, currant and roasted meat flavors on a medium-weight frame, coming together on the plush finish. Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2018. (HS)  (10/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, medium ruby-red. High-toned aromas of red berries, red pepper and licorice, plus a whiff of tree bark. At once sweet and bright, with the red fruit flavors accented by spices and pepper. Lovely energetic, intense mourvedre here. A very successful blend with sound natural acidity. Most of the Force Majeure Vineyard's mourvedre fruit was stolen in 2010, with the thieves leaving only the outside rows intact. 91+ (ST)  (11/2013)

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