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A brief history

Our wines are painstakingly hand-crafted to be pure examples of the varietals and site from which they are made. The extraordinary character of our wines is possible, in part, thanks to the prodigious terroir of our estate vineyard on the steep upper slopes of Red Mountain. The low vigor, diverse soil composition, and varied aspects and elevations support the genesis of compelling fruit, resulting in exceptional wines that are powerful without being overbearing, elegant without being frail, and rich without being clumsy.
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52274 Pleasant View Road
Walla Walla, Washington, United States
97862

forcemajeurevineyards.com

info@fm-wine.com

+15418333051

Meet The Winemakers

  • Todd Alexander

    Winemaker

    Todd’s passion lies in crafting terroir-driven wines that showcase the unique characteristics of specific sites through uncompromising, meticulous work in both the vineyard and winery. Prior to his arrival in the Pacific Northwest, Todd was most recently Winemaker for acclaimed “cult” winery Bryant Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley. At Bryant, he worked closely with some of the very best and brightest in the wine industry, including legendary vineyard manager David Abreu and famous winemaking consultant Michel Rolland. In 2014, Todd came to the Pacific Northwest with the goal of applying his skills and talents toward pushing the envelope of winemaking in Washington and Oregon, to continue his endeavor of crafting truly world-class wines from estate vineyards.

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Force Majeure Vineyards Wines

Featured Wines

Force Majeure Vineyards Force Majeure Estate Syrah Bottle Preview
Force Majeure VineyardsForce Majeure Estate Syrah

The Force Majeure estate Syrah is cultivated in a combination of the 8 soil types that exist in our vineyard, with most of it being planted in very steep, very rocky locations, but some also planted in deeper, loamier soils. Fermentation takes place after cold soak in a combination of concrete and stainless steel vats, with some lots in the final blend seeing extended maceration and co-fermentation with Viognier also grown on our site. Élevage is carried out in a combination of new and used French oak barrels and puncheons for +/- 18 months, and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The estate Syrah typically exhibits a broad spectrum of black, blue and red fruits, dried herbs and jasmine, fennel, smoked meats and crushed rock along with very fine tannins, great length, balance and complexity.

Force Majeure Vineyards Force Majeure Estate Parvata Bottle Preview
Force Majeure VineyardsForce Majeure Estate Parvata

Parvata means “mountain” in sanskrit, and is the name for our southern Rhône-inspired blend, grown mostly in the sandy, loamy soils of the lower section of our Red Mountain vineyard, which bring to the wine a good degree of finesse and high-toned aromatic notes, white pepper, dried herbs and grapefruit peel. Fermented after cold soak in concrete vats, it receives a gentle extraction before being barreled down to spend approximately 18 months in a small percentage of new French oak, utilizing both large format puncheons and barrels. The blend will change each year and will eventually be driven by Grenache as more of our plantings come into production. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Force Majeure Vineyards Force Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Force Majeure VineyardsForce Majeure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Our estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful but elegant, full-bodied wine that is grown primarily along the southwest ridge of our vineyard, in soils that are deep and loamy but contain many small rocks of fractured basalt, concreted ash and even some granite from Missoula flood erratics. The vines produce small berries with bountiful flavor, concentration and intensity, but also a good degree of finesse, excellent structure and layers of complexity that will continue to develop during extended bottle aging for those who want to cellar and age their wines. This wine spends approximately 22 months in 95% new French oak after a long, warm fermentation and extended skin contact on certain lots. We are expanding our Cabernet Sauvignon plantings to add new dimensions to this already gorgeous and serious wine. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Force Majeure Vineyards Force Majeure Estate Épinette Bottle Preview
Force Majeure VineyardsForce Majeure Estate Épinette

Épinette is our Right-bank Bordeaux-inspired blend, and was named after an avenue in Libourne that leads to Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, the home of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 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 itself is a blend of primarily Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, proportions of which change depending on the vintage. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grown in lower areas of our vineyard with deep, well-drained soils, much less rocky than the soils of our Rhone varietals. Before bottling, this wine evolves for approximately 22 months in mostly new French oak, after a long maceration and fermentation in concrete and stainless steel vats. This wine, along with our Cabernet Sauvignon, should age exceptionally well.