Force Majeure Vineyards Epinette 2014 750ml
SKU: 14878

Force Majeure Vineyards Epinette 2014

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Our new Right-bank Bordeaux inspired blend, called "Épinette," was named after an avenue in Libourne that leads to Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. "Épinette" is also the name of a musical instrument akin to a piano, as well as a word for pine tree, which is a fitting nod to our home in Washington state. The wine spent 22 months in 85% new French oak after a long maceration and fermentation in concrete and stainless steel vats. The blend will change each vintage, either being dominated by Merlot or Cabernet Franc, but in 2014 it is driven by Merlot grown in deep, loamy soils found in the middle of our vineyard. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Wine Advocate
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I loved the 2014 Épinette from barrel, and it doesn't disappoint from bottle. Checking in as a blend of 58% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 80% new French oak, it comes from the lower slopes of the estate vineyard where the soils are deeper and slightly richer. Todd commented that the cuvee was inspired by the wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol, and he's certainly succeeded, as this wine is a deep ringer for a top St. Emilion. Giving up loads of ripe, decadent black fruits, chocolate, damp earth, graphite and gravelly mineral notes, it's a big, full-bodied, ripe and heady beauty that has no hard edges, sweet yet present tannin and a hedonistic slant that will drink beautifully for 10-12 years.

June 30, 2017
Wine Enthusiast
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This wine is a blend of Merlot (58%), Cabernet Franc (22%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Petit Verdot. Brooding aromas of cherry, blackberry, wood spice, anise and bittersweet chocolate lead to dry, incredibly tightly wound tannins. It needs significant time in the cellar to soften a bit. Don't go near it until 2025 unless you give it an extended decant.

September 1, 2017

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