Ryan Johnson, Force Majeure Vineyards partner and highly-acclaimed vineyard manager, oversees several of Red Mountain’s finest vineyards including the renowned Ciel du Cheval. He individually selects the rows of vines to be custom-farmed to his exacting standards for inclusion in this project. The best of this fruit is then presented to our team of talented winemakers who craft it into innovative, limited-production wines that uniquely express the attributes of their Red Mountain origins. Production of an Estate Vineyard series of wine began with the 2010 vintage.
By utilizing winemakers with prowess in different winemaking styles, we achieve world-class quality across multiple genres. This effort, which began in 2004, is called the Force Majeure Collaboration Series. Winemakers include: Ben Smith of Cadence, Mark McNeilly and Mike Macmorran of Mark Ryan Winery, Ross Mickel of Ross Andrew Winery, Carolyn Lakewold of Donedei, Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery and James Mantone of Syncline Cellars.