- Ready to Drink: 3-5 years after bottle vintage
Region: Red Mountain, Washington State
Big, bold and righteous, its name is Epinette and its deep, dark soul is the blues. Super-richly concentrated in the luscious sweetness of black cherry and expressive notes of cassis, blueberry and dark chocolate, this is Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday standing next to a mahogany baby grand and singing their hearts out. This 2014 vintage, Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired blend of 58% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, from Washington State’s FORCE MAJEURE is off the charts in drinkability. Velvety as heck texture, majestic weight of body, and exquisite balance adds tremendous sophistication to all that absolutely delicious flavor and boldness. But it’s not done—with repeat encores filling the glass, the wine’s fragrance captures the senses … its rusticity and gaminess but also flowers. The Epinette is an enchantress and empress. Bluesy, soulful, dark and beautiful. –J.M.