Efeste, pronounced like the letters “F-S-T” strung together, was named after the last names of founders Helen & Dan Ferrelli, Patrick Smith, and Kevin & Angela Taylor. Efeste is located in the Warehouse District of Woodinville, Washington. Peter Devison took over full-time winemaking duties when Brennon Leighton left to work with Charles Smith in 2012.
Evergreen Vineyard, in the new Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley AVA, is one of the top sites for white wine in Washington state. Jerry and Butch Milbrandt began planting the site in 1998 not far from the famous Gorge Amphitheater. The vineyard began with 452 acres. Next year the Evergreen Ranch project will cover about 1,200 acres.
Light straw in color. 12.5% ABV. Intriguing nose of pears, apple, petrol and paraffin. Crisp and vibrant with bright acidity. Peach, melon, green apples and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Sipping this on my back deck while watching the sun go down on a hot Summer night makes me think all is right in the world. Drink this Summer or next.
My rating: 89 points.
Efeste has one of the best white wine programs in the state of Washington and the red wines are also exceptional. The wines are readily available at retail, via the wine club and at the winery.
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