At EFESTĒ we believe that great wines are based on two simple principles: terroir and a minimal winemaking approach. We utilize native fermentation, which encourages more complexity and produces fuller, richer wines than those inoculated with commercial yeast. The natural yeast within the grapes creates flavors unique to each particular vineyard. We encourage character; great wines should have personality.
Reviews and News
Wine Enthusiast, May 2016
93 points, 2012 Big Papa
All varietal, this wine is mostly Klipsun and Bacchus vineyards, with Kiona and Red Willow rounding it out. The aromas bring immediate appeal, with pure notes of black cherry, fresh and dried savory herbs and crushed granite, showing pleasing complexities. The palate is tightly wound, showing a fine sense of depth that is balanced by bright acid and firm tannins. The finish lingers. It’s a compelling example of the variety. -SS
91 points Editor’s Choice, 2013 Lola
This wine entices with its nuanced aromas of mineral, spice, almond butter, lemon pith, tropical fruit and chamomile. The flavors are concentrated while still showing exquisite restraint along with pitch-perfect balance. The extended finish kicks it up a notch. -SS
90 points, 2012 Final Final
Cabernet makes up just over half of this blend. Aromas of black cherries, herbs and minerals are followed by plush-feeling dark-fruit flavors and backed by firm tannins. Drink now. -SS
Seattle Met, April 26, 2016
“A 2015 Washington Rosé Roundup” by Sean Sullivan
“Sitting on top of the heap is the EFESTE Oldfield Estate Rosé Yakima Valley 2015 ($22). A blend of mourvèdre and grenache, it has aromas of strawberry and spice that lead to a fresh, lively palate. It’s one of the best rosés I’ve seen come out of the state to date.”
Seattle Magazine, April 2016
In “Washington Wines to Uncork This Spring” Paul Zitarelli recommends the best wines for springtime including our Feral Sauvignon Blanc. Full article>>
Yakima Herald, March 2016
“Northwest Wine: Merlot remains a star in Washington wineries” by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, Great Northwest Wine writes that Wine Press Northwest magazine recently conducted a tasting of 100 Northwest Merlots for its spring issue. The 2012 Upright Merlot is named as a top wine from the judging. Full article>>
King 5 News interviews Angela and Joe Taylor about Rockin’ Sips, Tough Guy wine, surviving cancer, and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Video>>
Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2016
91 Points Editor’s Choice 2014 Oldfield Estate Rosé
“This is the inaugural release from the winery’s estate site, which sits next to famed Boushey Vineyard. A pale salmon color, it’s a field blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache, redolent with aromas and flavors of strawberry, orange peel and spice, along with mouthwatering acidity that ties it all together. It’s thoroughly delightful.” –SS
Final Final has been selected as a finalist in Vivino’s 2016 Wine Style Awards by more than 13 million wine drinkers. This is an honor bestowed on less than one percent of the 100,000 wineries on Vivino.
Wine Enthusiast, December 2015
2013 Evergreen Riesling is named one of the Top 100 Wines for 2015 giving it the distinction of being the only white wine from Washington state on the list.
Vinous, November 2015
Via “Washington Turns up the Heat” by Stephen Tanzer (subscription required).
93 points, 2012 Emmy
92+ points, 2012 Eléni Syrah
92+ points, 2012 Nana
92 points, 2012 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points, 2012 Jolie Bouche Syrah
92 points, 2014 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
92 points, 2014 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc
91+ points, 2012 Final Final
91 points, 2012 Ceidleigh Syrah
90 points, 2013 Lola Chardonnay
90 points, 2014 Oldfield Estate Rosé
Wine Enthusiast, November 2015
94 points, 2012 Jolie Bouche Syrah
“This exuberant wine has aromas of raspberry jam, thyme, orange peel, earth, iron and olive. It’s rich and intensely flavorful, with waves of mouthwatering fruit and savory notes that lead to an extended finish.” —S.S.
92 points Cellar Selection, 2012 Eléni Syrah
“Still in its shell, this wine reveals aromas of violets, black licorice, tar, crushed granite and dark fruit with a bit of coaxing in the glass. It’s full bodied, with tart, tangy fruit flavors that need time to stretch their legs.” — S.S.
92 points, 2012 Emmy
“Mourvèdre (81%) makes up the majority of this blend with Grenache (12%) and Syrah filling it out. It leans into savory notes, with aromas of sage, dried herbs, white pepper and mineral. The flavors are plush and palate-coating, bringing a slightly tacky feel that softens over time. ” — S.S.
91 points, 2012 Ceidleigh Syrah
This offers a surprisingly savory look at this sun-drenched appellation, with aromas of smoke, mineral and Kalamata olives. The cherry flavors are full bodied with a palate-coating, slightly tacky feel that smooths out over time.
90 points, 2013 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
A lively offering—it practically screams out for oysters—this wine brings aromas of talc, flowers and white and pink grapefruit. It’s fleshy in feel, with racy, puckering acidity that draws out the finish.
90 points, 2013 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc
This warm-vintage wine is aromatically generous with notes of toast, lemon, citrus oil and guava. It’s light yet rich, with a plush feel and a tart finish.
Washington Tasting Room, Winter 2015/2016
Red Willow Vineyard Designates Top Picks: 2012 Eléni Syrah
Wine Weirdos review the 2014 Oldfield Estate Rosé. Video>>
Wine Spectator, October 2015
92 points, 2012 Ceidleigh Syrah
“Firm in texture and generous, with mineral-accented blackberry and dark plum flavors, coming together harmoniously as the finish carries on.” —H.S.
Seattle Met, September 2015
“Washington’s 100 Best Wines” list by Sean P. Sullivan includes the 2012 Jolie Bouche in the Top Syrah category and the 2013 Evergreen in the Top 10 Washington White Wines.
Seattle Wine Awards bestows Big Papa ’05 the 2015 Diamond of the Decade Award which honors world class wines from a decade vintage.
Wine Spectator, August 31, 2015
90 points, 2011 Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon
“Fresh and inviting, this expressive style plays red berry and floral flavors against lively acidity and finely wrought tannins, dropping hints of wet earth and mineral as the finish lingers.” –HS
AdVINEtures explains, “It’s a Family Affair at EFESTĒ.” Full article>>
Seattle Met, July 28, 2015
Sean P. Sullivan names our 2014 Oldfield Estate Rosé his Weekly Wine Pick.
Seattle Met, July 8, 2015
Sean P. Sullivan names our 2013 Evergreen Riesling the Weekly Wine Pick.
Saveur reccomends our Big Papa Cabernet as one of 9 Father’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Dad.
Wasabi Prime and Northwest Wine Anthem write about how to pair our wines with the popular HBO TV series “Game of Thrones”.
Vino Morghulis – Wine Tasting in Westeros >>
EFESTĒ and the Game of Rhônes >>
The Coeur d’Alene Press writes about our Winemaker, Peter Devison’s non-interventionist approach to winemaking and his visit to the Idaho market in a post titled, “Spring Visits.” Full article>>
The 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition awards Gold to the 2013 Evergreen Riesling.
Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2015
93 points Editor’s Choice, 2013 Evergreen Riesling
“This wine is an aromatic tour de force with notes of apricot, pear, honey and slate. The off-dry fruit flavors are ripe, lightly spritzy and layered, with a drawn-out feel that leads to an explosion of fruit on the finish.” — S.S.
91 points, 2011 Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon
“This 100% varietal comes from older plantings at Klipsun (40%), Bacchus (29%), Sagemoor (24%) and Kiona vineyards. It displays notes of black and green olive, dried herbs and brooding barrel spices. Mouthwatering, supple and flavorful, it has firm tannins that need some time in the cellar to lengthen their stride. Best after 2017.” — S.S.
Wine Spectator, April 30, 2015
91 points, Upright Red Mountain Klipsun Vineyard 2011
“Grippy tannins surround a spicy core of black cherry, licorice and floral notes. The flavors push through the texture, prevailing and persisting nicely. Best from 2016 through 2019.”—H.S.
Wine Weirdos review Upright Merlot. Video>>
Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal writes about “Selling New York on Washington Wine” and Welkin Vines, our New York distributor (requires subscription).
Food & Wine “Wine Guide 2015”
We are honored to be included among “America’s 500 Best Wine Producers” along with mentions for Feral and Big Papa.
Vinous, December 2014
Via “New Releases from Washington State” by Stephen Tanzer.
92+ points, 2012 Emmy
92 points, 2012 Lola Chardonnay
92 points, 2013 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
91+ points, 2011 Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon
91+ points, 2011 Final Final
91 points, 2013 Evergreen Riesling
90+ points, 2011 Ceidleigh Syrah
Wine Enthusiast, December 2014
The Top 100 Wines for 2014 includes the 2012 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine Spectator, December 15, 2014
91 points, Ceidleigh Red Mountain 2011
“A bit syrupy in texture, focusing generous and seductive plum and currant fruit into a laser beam that lights up the finish and balances the firm tannins.. Best from 2016
Savvy Shopper “Northwest Notables” include the 2012 Evergreen Riesling.
Find out why Wine and Beer of Washington State says, “Experience EFESTE Winery.” Full article>>
Zester Daily‘s Tina Caputo writes “Great Rieslings are Made in America Too”. Of the 2012 Evergreen Riesling she says, “This especially fine Washington state Riesling has aromas of apples and mineral.” Full article>>
Wine Enthusiast, November 2014
93 points Editors’ Choice, 2012 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc
92 points, 2012 Lola Chardonnay
91 points, 2011 Ceidleigh Syrah
90 points, 2011 Final Final
Seattle Met, October 2014
“Washington’s 100 Best Wines” list by Sean P. Sullivan includes the 2012 Evergreen Riesling in the Top 10 Washington White Wines and 2011 Emmy in the Red Blends category.
Sip Northwest, October 2014
Bordeaux Style Red Blend Panel Pick, Nana 2010
Seattle Magazine, July 19, 2014
Each year, Seattle magazine—with the help of a tasting panel of local sommeliers and industry leaders—selects the top Washington wines in their annual Washington Wine Awards. The 2012 Sauvage has been named 1st Place Sauvignon Blanc $20 & Over in the 9th annual awards.
Culinary Fool, June 30, 2014
Read about a rare tasting experience in our cellar with winemaker, Peter Devison, via Brenda Pederson’s post, “Wine Tasting and Blending at EFESTĒ.”
Grape Collective, April 30, 2014
In the article, “Merlot, Alive and Well,” Bob Ecker writes about how the variety is faring 10 years after the movie “Sideways”. Read on to see what our winemaker, Peter, has to say. Full article >>
Wine Spectator, May 31, 2014
91 points, Smart Buy Final-Final Columbia Valley 2010
“Broad and generous, with focus to the black currant, blackberry, licorice and herb flavors, persisting against crunchy tannins as the finish expands. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2016
90 points, EFESTE Upright Klipsun Vineyard 2010 —H.S.
Grape Collective, March 28, 2014
Jameson Fink writes about “Upright Merlot: Washington State’s EFESTĒ Stands Up To Sideways.” Full article>>
WineReviewOnline.com, March 25, 2014
Mary Ewing-Mulligan reviews Sauvage. Full review >>
Wine Press Northwest, March 11, 2014
Outstanding, EFESTĒ Emmy 2011. Full review>>
Wine Enthusiast, March 2014
93 points Editors’ Choice, 2012 Evergreen Riesling
92 points Cellar Selection, 2010 Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points Cellar Selection, 2010 Upright Klipsun Merlot
92 points, 2011 Emmy
91 points Editors’ Choice, 2010 Jolie Bouche Syrah
91 points, 2010 Ceidleigh Syrah
In the same issue, we’re honored to find Jolie Bouche included in the article, “Washington’s Rise of the Rhônes” by Paul Gregutt and Sean P. Sullivan.
“These trailblazing Washington wineries have made the state into America’s top source of Rhône-style wines.” Full article >>
425 Magazine, January/February 2014, “Experts Pick Washington Reds to Watch”
“I am very excited about the EFESTE Final Final Red Blend 2010. This Cab-dominant and Syrah blend (59 percent Cab, 41 percent Syrah blend) is both complex and elegant. Truly an expression of what Washington offers best while allowing vineyard sourcing to sing and take center stage.” – Justin Doll, wine director Schwartz Brothers Restaurants.
Table Talk Northwest, January 2014
Jamie Peha interviews Nancy Croisier of EFESTĒ. Video>>
We’re delighted that Willows Lodge Magazine 2014 recommends Jolie Bouche as part of a Syrah sojourn in its “Tasting Room Tours” article.
Washington Wine Report, December 11, 2013, “The March of the 2012 Vintage Washington Whites”
Excellent, EFESTĒ Feral Sauvignon Blanc 2012
“A moderately aromatic wine with abundant mineral notes along with herb, lemon verbena, and kumquat. Especially considering the warmth of the vintage, the palate is somewhat leaner in style with a tart, vibrant lick of acidity. The perfect oyster wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Evergreen Vineyard. Aged in neutral French oak. 13.50% alcohol.”
Excellent, EFESTĒ Evergreen Rielsing 2012
“All coming from a single block of Evergreen Vineyard (Block 9), it’s a moderately aromatic wine with white peach, lime leaf, and mineral notes. The palate drinks just about dry with tart, vibrant acidity and a long, drawn out finish. A beautiful expression of Washington State Riesling. 100% Riesling. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 12.80% alcohol. 10.50 g/L residual sugar. Sample provided by winery.”
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar November/ December issue featuring “The Best New Wines from Washington State” (subscription required).
We’re so proud that the 2012 vintages of Evergreen Riesling and Feral Sauvignon Blanc crafted by Peter have each earned the top scores in their categories from this region.
Food and Wine, October 2013
In the article, “The World’s Best Riesling Wine Regions” EFESTĒ is mentioned as a winery you need to know.
Regarding Evergreen Riesling, “Its juicy, tangerine-scented Riesling, sourced from the cool- climate Evergreen Vineyard, may well be Efeste’s best wine.” Full article>>
Wine Spectator, October 31, 2013
93 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Eléni
“Supple at the core, plush under a light veil of prickly tannins, this deals dark berry, plum and gentle spice flavors with a steady hand, lingering on the finish.” – H.S.
92 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Jolie Bouche
“Vibrant, tightly focused, lean and understated, offering blackberry and cream flavors on a moderate scale. Refuses to quit on the finish.” – H.S.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #207, June 2013
94 points Cellar Selection, EFESTĒ 2010 Big Papa
92 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Emmy
91 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Final Final
“This estate produces a bevy of brilliant wines that have loads of richness and depth, while staying fun to drink..” Full review by Jeb Dunnuck (subscription required)>>
Seattle Wine Awards gives top honors to the 3 wines we submitted:
2010 Ceidleigh Syrah Double Gold
2010 Final Final Double Gold
2011 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Gold
Sip Northwest, May 2013, names EFESTĒ Sauvage “Best of the Northwest” in the Sauvignon Blanc category.
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, December 2012
92 points, EFESTĒ 2011 Evergreen Riesling
92 points, EFESTĒ 2011 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
91 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Jolie Bouche Syrah and 2009 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points, EFESTĒ 2011 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc
90+ points, EFESTĒ 2010 Eleni Syrah and 2009 Final Final
90 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Upright Merlot
Washington Wine Report, December 2012
“Change is in the Air at EFESTĒ” by Sean Sullivan
“If you aren’t familiar with Devison yet, you will be.”
EFESTĒ Ceidleigh Syrah Red Mountain 2010, Exceptional
Full article >>
Seattle Times, November 2012
“Top 100 NW Wines for 2012” by Paul Gregutt
#36 EFESTĒ 2009 Eleni Syrah, 94 points
Full article >>
Wine Enthusiast, November 2012
93 points, EFESTĒ 2011 Evergreen Riesling
“It’s vivid and textural, with terrific acidity, backbone, and length.” Cellar Selection
92 points, EFESTĒ 2010 Lola Chardonnay
“This is concentrated and complex, with hints of flower, citrus flesh and rind, gooseberry and chamomille.” Editor’s Choice
92 points, EFESTĒ 2011 Babbit Rosé
“Mostly Syrah, with some Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a succulent rosé with a marvelous mouthfeel.” Editor’s Choice
Wine Spectator, October 2012
90 points, EFESTĒ 2011 Evergreen Riesling
“Light and silky with a jolt of acidity to balance the delicate sweetness, allowing the peach, pear and floral flavors to come through unhindered.” Smart Buy
Northwest Wine Anthem, September 2012
“EFESTĒ Unleashes Wines for Winter” by Lara Bain
“Adrienne’s richer flavor and lovely sweetness charmed us. Oak was more present than Lola when tasted side-by-side, but did not overwhelm. Lola and traditional Chardonnay lovers alike will revel in 2011 Adrienne, releasing in November 2012.”
Seattle Met, September 2012
“100 Best Bottles of Washington Wine” #11 / 94 points, EFESTĒ Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009
“……The palate is simultaneously bold and refined with dark cherry and chocolate flavors that persist on the finish.”
# 65 / 91 points, EFESTĒ Evergreen Riesling 2011
Full article >>
Seattle Times, August 2012
“Wild Yeast Can Bring Good Things To the Wine Bottle” by Paul Gregutt
Pick of the week:
EFESTĒ 2011 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
“Texture is the story here. This wine dazzles the palate with sweet grass, clover, grapefruit and mineral notes. It’s a lip-smacking style, tart and tangy, with a wet-stone finish.”
Full article >>
Wine Enthusiast, July 2012
94 points, EFESTĒ 2009 Eleni Syrah (Yakima Valley)
“The Eleni Syrah, sourced from old vines at Red Willow Vineyard, may lay claim to being the best of a very fine lineup….” Editor’s Choice
92 points, EFESTĒ 2009 Emmy (Wahluke Slope)
“Modeled on the blends of the southern Rhone, it shows beautiful balance throughout a long finish.”
Full articles >>
Wine and Beer of Washington State, July 2012
“Change and Continuity at EFESTĒ” by Bean Fairbanks
“…EFESTE is conscious about the importance of change and continuity as their business evolves.” Full article >>
The Wine Enthusiast awards Lola 96 points, making it one of the highest rated Chardonnays to date in Washington State.
EFESTĒ 2009 Lola Evergreen Vineyard
“This is as good as the best from California—textural, creamy, a delicious mix of lemon custard, meringue, caramel, papaya and toasted coconut. At one quarter the price of comparable bottles, this young wine just seduces from the instant it hits the tongue.” — P.G. (5/1/2011)
The Wine Spectator awards the 2008 Jolie Bouche Syrah 95 points, landing it on the Wine Spectator Top 100.
The Wine Spectator awards the 2006 Ceidleigh Syrah 93 points, earning it a spot on the Wine Spectator Top 100.