About us

 

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.

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Reviews and News

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. We are excited to announce that EFESTĒ has been named 1st Place Sauvignon Blanc $20 & Over for the 2012 Sauvage 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.”

 

Vinography, May 6, 2014
In his post, “Wine Highlights from Taste Washington 2014,” Alder Yarrow gives Feral and Nana top marks. Of the Nana, “Suffice it to say, this wine was awesome.”

 

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
through 2020.”—H.S.

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.

91 points, 2012 Evergreen Riesling
91 points, 2012 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
92 points, 2010 Big Papa
91 points, 2010 Final Final

 

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.

 

Sunset features EFESTĒ Sauvage in it’s weekly Sip blog by Sara Schneider, What I’m Loving this Week, May 2013. Full article>>

 

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

Full listing of scores available to IWC subscribers >>

 

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.”
Full article>>

 

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 >>