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2014 Efeste Riesling Evergreen Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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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2012 Efeste Chardonnay Lola – Bottle Notes

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.

The Lola Chardonnay is sourced from Evergreen Vineyard

Shimmering gold in color. 14% ABV. Hazelnuts, honeysuckle and pineapple on the nose. Rich and succulent on the palate with medium acidity and nice minerality. Flavors of lemon meringue, vanilla bean, pears and spice. The wine finishes strong and will benefit from a year or so in the cellar. A strong effort from one of the top Chardonnay producers in the state.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2013 Lola is available at retail and the winery for $35.

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.

I’ve blogged about Efeste previously in The Great Whites of Washington.

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2011 Efeste Syrah Ceidleigh – Bottle Notes

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.

Ceidleigh is 100% Syrah sourced from Klipsun, Bacchus, Sagemoor and Kiona Vineyards.

Bright crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Savory nose of dark fruits, olive brine and espresso. Rich and full bodied with strong acidity. Flavors of black cherry, roasted meats, coffee and a hint of anise. There are silky tannins on an exceptionally long finish. Scrumptious Syrah. Ceidleigh is the perfect foil to the Efeste Syrah Jolie Bouche. Old world in style as opposed to new world. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Ceidleigh can be found at retail for about $40 per bottle.

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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2011 Efeste Syrah Jolie Bouche – Bottle Notes

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.

Jolie Bouche is sourced from Boushey Vineyard.

Opaque purple in color. 14% ABV. Black fruits, green olives and iron on an exotic nose. Young, fresh and vibrant. Blackberries, minerals, olives and roasted meats on the palate. Warm and savory which seems to be the calling card of Boushey Vineyard Syrah. Surprisingly approachable but clearly the stuffing is here to cellar the wine for another 5-7 years.

My rating: 91 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.

Efeste also has an exceptionally well run and worthwhile wine club.

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2012 Efeste Riesling Evergreen Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 colored. Almost clear. 12.8% ABV. Flowers, mineral, spice and a hint of matchstick on the nose. Mouthwatering acidity with a touch of sweetness. Melon, pears, flowers and apples on the palate. The finish is crisp. $20 at the winery. A perfect Summer wine.

My rating: 88 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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2011 Efeste Emmy – Bottle Notes

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.

Emmy is a Southern Rhone Blend of 71% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and 13% Syrah sourced from the Stone Tree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope.

Purple in color. 15% ABV. The wine slowly opened up to reveal a Rhone like nose of black fruits, blood, flowers and lavender. Full bodied and still somewhat primary on the palate. Flavors of raspberry, kirsch, plum, stones and Herbes de Provence. The finish is exceptionally long. This wine needs at least 3-5 years in the cellar and will age gloriously for at least a decade. I need a few more bottles!

My rating: 91 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. The 2011 Emmy will set you back $45.

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2012 Efeste Sauvignon Blanc Sauvage Boushey Vineyards – Bottle Notes

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.

Light golden in color. 13.7% ABV. Apple, lemon, minerals and vanilla on the nose. Vibrant acidity. Rich and spicy with great mouthfeel. Lime, grapefruit, flint, stones and mineral on the palate. This wine sees some French oak and the result is a fleshy, unctuous wine. Nicely done.

My rating: 91 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. The 2012 Sauvage should be available $23 or so.

I wrote about Efeste previously in Woodinville Wine Country in One Day.

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Woodinville Wine Country in One Day

I often get asked for recommendations on visiting Woodinville Wine Country. I am far from an expert on the subject, but I do know what wineries I like and am more than happy to share!

Before you plan a visit to Woodinville you need to have an understanding of the area:

  • Recent years have also seen the rise of the Warehouse District. Located a few miles to the northeast, this strip is home to well over 40 wineries, including Efeste, William Church, Darby, Barrage and Guardian.

I strongly recommend putting together a game plan before heading to Woodinville. It’s really easy to visit the Warehouse District and stop in at 10 or more wineries without ever moving your car. Obviously not a good idea unless you plan on spitting while tasting.

Personally, I like to  limit a day of wine tasting to right around five wineries. By doing so, I am sure to allow time for lunch and an afternoon cup of coffee before heading out to dinner. When I apply my five winery rule of thumb to Woodinville I like to start with a couple wineries in the Warehouse District, followed by lunch at a local cafe or winery with picnic facilities, then finish with a couple wineries in the School House District.

My favorite stop in the Warehouse District is Efeste, followed closely by either William Church or Guardian. For picnics consider Januik, Distefano or JM Cellars – Januik has a pizza oven and bocce court, Distefano serves a number of small plates and JM Cellars has a picturesque outdoor setting (bring your own food). I recommend closing out the day with Mark Ryan, Gorman or Alexandria Nicole in the Schoolhouse District.

If you have any gas left in the tank, the ultimate end to a day of Woodinville wine tasting is dinner at either Purple or Barking Frog. Both restaurants are busy year-round, so reservations are a must.

What did I miss? I’d love to hear some of your tips for visiting Woodinville Wine County.

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2011 Efeste Chardonnay Lola – Bottle Notes

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.

The fruit for Lola is sourced from Evergreen Vineyard, situated in the Ancient Lakes AVA. Owned and farmed by the Milbrandt family, it is a cooler site with unique soils. Evergreen has come to be known for crisp, mineral-laden white wines.

Amber in color and throwing just a touch of sediment. 13.4% ABV. The nose is all about slate, flowers and key lime. Pineapple, butterscotch and lemon on the palate. Clearly new world with a dose of butter and oak. What sets this wine apart from many Washington Chardonnays is the great acidity. Drink over the next year or so. $28 at the winery.

My rating: 90 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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Efeste Spring 2013 Release Party

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.

My wife Lisa is a member of the wine club, so this past Saturday we made a trip to the winery for the semi-annual wine club party and pickup. They may be located in the Warehouse District, but their winery is big, warm and welcoming. The winery has a working kitchen complete with a wood fired pizza oven. Throughout the release they served a variety of delicious thin crust, artisan pizzas.

The wines poured included the 2011 Evergreen Riesling, ’12 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc, ’12 Feral Sauvignon Blanc, ’10 Final Final, ’10 Big Papa and ’10 Tough Guy. The quality was high across the board. Below are notes on my favorite white and red.

2011 Evergreen Riesling – The fruit is sourced from Evergreen Vineyard. Without question one of the more exciting sites for white wines in the state of Washington. Flowers and petrol on the nose. Lemons, flint and minerals on the palate. Bright acidity. $20 at the winery. My rating: 90 points.

2010 Tough Guy – Predominantly Merlot with fruit sourced from Klipsun Vineyard. Opaque purple in color. Cherries and mineral on the nose. Currants and anise on the palate. Incredibly rich and sweet fruit. Super supple and sexy. This wine is amazing now but should age well for a decade. One of the better Washington Merlots in recent memory. $55 at the winery. My rating: 94 points.

After tasting through the new releases we had the opportunity to do a little barrel tasting with Peter Devison. The highlights were the ’12 Stonetree Vineyard Mourvedre which will be a component of the Emmy, the ’12 Boushey Syrah which will make up the Jolie Bouche Syrah and the ’12 Klipsun Merlot which will go into the Tough Guy. Honestly though, every sample was super.

Efeste is firing on all cylinders. The whites, including those mentioned above and their two chardonnays are some of the best in the state. The winery has been doing memorable Syrahs for many years and, with the Tough Guy, they’ve taken their Bordeaux style wines to the next level as well.

There’s a lot to like at Efeste. I encourage you to buy a bottle of any of these wines and let me know what you think.

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