2023 Sunset International Wine Competition
2020 Estate Grenache
Awarded Double Gold | Best of Class
High acid, bright, precise, elegant, aromatics, southern Rhone, electric.
2020 Paulie Red Wine
2022 Adrienne Chenin Blanc
2022 Evergreen Riesling
20 Ceidleigh 93 PTS
20 Knight Commander 93 PTS
20 Estate Cab Franc 93 PTS
20 Jolie Bouche 94 PTS
22 Feral 91 PTS
22 Evergreen 93 PTS
22 Oldfield Rose 92 PTS
20 Malbec 94 PTS
22 Adrienne 92 PTS
EFESTE CABERNET SAUVIGNON RED MOUNTAIN LIL’ MAMA 2020
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Bright and fruity cabernet sauvignon with notes of blackcurrants, dark cherries, oranges and sweet basil. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft and ripe tannins and a juicy finish. Delicious now. 100% cabernet sauvignon. Screw cap.
EFESTE SAUVIGNON BLANC ANCIENT LAKES FERAL 2022
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
A medium-bodied white with bright notes of sliced pears, green apples, lemon blossom and melon. Tangy and fruity with a floral note, too. Drink now. Screw cap.
International Wine Report
EFESTE Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley ‘Adrienne’ 2022
Chenin Blanc from old vines planted in the early 1980s, sports a medium lemon core with a silvery rim in the glass. Notes of cinnamon-spiced apples, tropical fruits, sea breeze, and lanolin present themselves nicely in the glass. Dried herbs and pear notes hit the mid and back palate on the finish. A lovely wine that will drink wonderfully chilled during the summer months.
EFESTE Sparkling Wine, Lake Chelan ‘Angie’ 2020
The 2020 Angie is made from 100% Chardonnay fruit in the traditional method with fruit coming from the Lake Chelan area. Let this wine warm up a little bit in the glass and you will be pleasantly surprised by the notes of bruised apple, freshly baked brioche, cinnamon powder, white peach, and a bit of warm spice. A soft mousse dances on the palate while it finishes with lovely acidity, the backbone of the long finish.
EFESTE Syrah, Yakima Valley ‘Jolie Bouche’ 2020
100% Syrah fruit from the Oldfield Estate Vineyard that has a small percentage of stem inclusion during fermentation. Medium to dark plum core with a lighter purple rim, this is a meaty, big Syrah that boasts notes of spiced blue plum, ground peppercorn, smoked ribs, powdered graphite, and toasted spice. I’ve always loved Efeste’s Syrahs and this is a great example of their style. Tannins are still crunchy but it’s balanced out by the lovely acidity and the earthy and blue-fruit finish.
EFESTE Red Wine, Yakima Valley ‘Nana’ 2019
A blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot with fruit coming from the Red Willow Vineyard. It presents a medium to dark cherry-ruby core with a brickish rim. This is still a baby and needs some time in the bottle before the tannins soften and integrate. An outstanding nose of crushed boysenberry, green peppercorn, tilled earth, wet gravel, and a hint of leather. It’s balanced and lush on the palate and really comes together on the finish. A lovely wine.
EFESTE Malbec, Wahluke Slope ‘James Vineyard’ 2020
100% Malbec from the James Vineyard and fermented in 100% French oak barrels, this wine displays a shimmering deep purple core with a neon pink rim in the glass. Scintillating blue and black fruits combine with tilled earth, mountain dried sage, and sweet baking spices. Tannins are sweet but present while the higher levels of acidity help balance everything on the finish.
“A medium-bodied white with bright notes of sliced pears, green apples, lemon blossom and melon. Tangy and fruity with a floral note, too. Drink now. Screw cap.”
2020 lil’ mama
“Bright and fruity cabernet sauvignon with notes of blackcurrants, dark cherries, oranges, and sweet basil. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft and ripe tannins and a juicy finish. Delicious now. 100% cabernet sauvignon. Screw cap”
CASCADIA WINE COMPETITION
2021 Evergreen Riesling,
Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Best-of-class award Riesling
2019 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon,
2020 Lola Chardonnay,
SUNSET INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
2019 Taylor Mag Estate Cabernet
2020 Lola Chardonnay
2019 Estate Grenache
Awarded Gold, 91 points
2021 Evergreen Riesling
INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT,
2020 Feral, 91 Points
EFESTE Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes
This papaya and tropical-driven Sauvignon Blanc from the Ancient Lakes AVA isn’t heavy on the pyrazines, which is more my style of wine. The nose is clean and vibrant, with notes of blanched almonds, tropical fruit, and Meyer lemon, with a hint of fresh herbs on the front palate.
2021 Evergreen, 90 Points
EFESTE Riesling, Ancient Lakes
A delicious, young Riesling that is perfumed with aromas of yellow apple, Bartlett pear, and a hint of tropical fruit. There is a subtle petrol aroma that brings some complexity to the wine. The acidity is pronounced alongside flavors of underripe pineapple and lime pith that leads to a lengthy, mouthwatering finish.
2020 Lola, 90 Points
EFESTE Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope
The first vintage of the Lola Chardonnay from the Conner Lee Vineyard produces aromas of honeydew melon, candied pear, honeysuckle blossoms, and blanched almonds. It is rich, oily, and round on the palate with medium acidity where green melon and ripe yellow nectarine take center stage. For a Washington Chardonnay, this is one of the better ones in the market.
2021 Oldfield Estate Rosé, 91 Points
EFESTE Rosé, Yakima Valley
A lovely pink copper color in the glass, the nose screams of kiwi, wild thimbleberry, and green apple Jolly Ranchers. It’s well balanced on the palate and brings yummy red raspberry and citrus flavors that delivers a long and mouthwatering finish.
2019 Ceidleigh, 93 Points
EFESTE Syrah, Red Mountain
The Ceidleigh Syrahs from Red Mountain have always been some of my favorites from Efeste. The explosive nose is almost Cabernet-like with blackberry and black plum aromas, followed by tobacco, mountain sage, wet earth, and freshly ground pepper. But the palate is pure rich Syrah from Red Mountain – it’s meaty, tannic, rich, and decadent with flavors of black olive and bacon fat. The acidity is bountiful, the mouthfeel is full – but this needs time to evolve because it’s very tight. Give it 2-3 years before popping it open and then enjoy a beautiful Washington Syrah over the next decade.
2019 Taylor Mag, 91 Points
EFESTE Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain displays deep ruby with an orange rim and brings ripe black cherry, blue plum, sugared blackberry, and roasted cinnamon stick to the nose. Flavors of dark fruits, mountain sage, mocha, and cedary herbs form the palate, Chalky tannins, high acidity, and a savory finish complete the wine. Needs another year in bottle to fully reach its potential.
VINOUS, OWEN BARGREEN
Feral Sauvignon Blanc 92 PTS
The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Feral was sourced from the Evergreen vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA. The mouthwatering acidity and smooth texture work brilliantly together, as green apple and green papaya tones mingle with stony undertones on the palate. Plump, juicy and ripe, this is quite simply a killer value.
2020 Penelope Roussanne 92 PTS
The 2020 Penelope is a 100% Roussanne wine that delivers plenty of marzipan and brioche tones alongside macadamia nuts and a silky texture in the mouth. A light dusting of salinity and beautiful verve add to the enjoyment here. Wait for the very long finish!
2019 Angie Blanc De Blancs 90 PTS
The 2019 Angie is the first sparkling wine crafted by EFESTÉ that is 100% Chardonnay from the Lake Chelan AVA. The wine delivers plenty of Gravenstein apple and citrus zest tones alongside racy acidity on the palate. Enjoy over the next several years.
2019 Estate Cabernet Franc 93 PTS
You won’t typically see Cabernet Franc in a Rhône-style bottle, but as long as the Cabernet Franc Estate continues to deliver this quality, there’s no need to change a thing. The 2019 edition offers soft tannins lining a bright core of red fruits alongside milk chocolate and red bell pepper underpinnings on the palate. With plenty of freshness and stuffing, this has at least another 10 years in front of it.
2019 Malbec 93 PTS
Inky in the glass, the intense 2019 Malbec James Vineyard revels in its rich cassis, blueberry pie and smoky flavors and finishes extremely long. It’s a little backward right now with its mineral-driven profile, but you can see some serious potential here. Give this a two-hour decant if consuming now.
2019 Estate Petit Verdot 93 PTS
EFESTÉ has been quietly producing some of the most outstanding Washington Petit Verdot bottlings over the past few years. The 2019 Petit Verdot Estate is soft and truly gorgeous with its rich core of dark fruits and mineral-driven tones plus chocolate and espresso bean. This is nervy and dense wine that has some serious cellaring potential. Give it a lot of air before enjoying.
2019 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon 93 PTS
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa is an outstanding new wine by Mark Fiore. Heady cassis and mocha tones combine with fresh sage and loamy soils on the palate. This finishes very long, providing just the right amount of viscosity and mouthwatering tension. Enjoy this beautiful wine over the next 15 years.
INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT
2019 EFESTE ’Estate’ Grenache 92 PTS
2019 BIG PAPA Cabernet Sauvignon 93 PTS
2019 EFEStE ‘Estate’ Cabernet Franc 92 PTS
2020 PENELOPE Roussanne 91 PTS
2019 EFETE ‘Taylor Mag’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Crafted from the 191 block in the Taylor Mag Vineyard, this evokes dark currant and graphite aromatics with shades of brandy soaked black cherry. The palate is silky smooth with good flavor density and a beautiful core of dark fruits with chocolate and coffee ground flavors. With gratifying viscosity and length this beautiful wine by Mark Fiore will cellar well over the next eight to ten years. Drink 2021-2029- 92 pts
2020 EFESTE ‘Penelope’ Roussanne– The 2020 EFESTE ‘Penelope’ Roussanne is entirely sourced from the Gamache Vineyard. The texture and rich sense of mid-plate weight. This has a very Chateauneuf Blanc feel once on the mouth, unveiling kiwi, ripe honeydew melon and starfruit with cannoli undertones. Nutty and beeswax accents fill in with more air as the 2020 ‘Penelope’ has at least another seven years left. Drink 2021-2028- 92 pts
2019 EFESTE ’Estate’ Grenache– The ‘Angela’s Vineyard is adjacent to the Upchurch Vineyard as roughly two acres are planted here. Aged in concrete vessels which add texture this shows pretty red rose petal aromas and orange rind tones alongside a gorgeous core of guava, red cherry and strawberry. I admire the weight but also the striking finesse. The silky mouthfeel impresses as this offers generous red fruits alongside minerals and stony undertones. Drink 2021-2031- 93 pts
2019 EFESTE’James Vineyard’ Malbec– The ‘James Vineyard’ Malbec utilizes is third leaf vines, as this site is closely located to the ‘Stone Tree’ and ‘Weinbau’ Vineyards. The nose shows great bell pepper tones with menthol, dark cherry and blackberry compote on the nose. The palate shows good herbal undertones with fresh sage and mint, and a massive wall of black and blue fruits with Turkish coffee flavors. Drink 2021-2031- 92 pts
WASHINGTON WINE BLOG
FULL REVIEW HERE
2019 Feral Sauvignon Blanc 92 pts
2019 Adrienne Chenin Blanc 92 pts
2018 Lola Chardonnay 93 pts
2018 Paulie Red Wine 93 pts
2018 Jolie Bouche Syrah 93 pts
2018 Eleni Syrah 94 pts
2018 Emmy Red Wine 94 pts
2018 Ceidleigh Syrah 93 pts
2018 Estate Cabernet Franc 93 pts
2018 Taylor Mag Cabernet Sauvignon 92 pts
2018 Final Final Red Wine 92 pts
2018 Upright Merlot 93 pts
2018 Estate Petit Verdot 93 pts
2018 Nana Red Wine 93 pts
2018 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon 94 pts
2018 Tough Guy Red Wine 93 pts
2020 SEATTLE WINE AWARDS WASHINGTON STATE WINE AWARDS
2018 Paulie 92 pts
Very exotic aromas of dried blackberries, blueberries and hints of flowers. Full body and round, creamy tannins. Menthol and black tea-leaf undertones to the fruit at the finish. Big wine, but enticing. Mourvedre, grenache and syrah. Drink now.
2017 Big Papa 91 pts
Aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, walnuts and dried rose petals . Medium-to full-bodied with firm, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A little lean, but fresh and delicious. Drink or hold.
Lola 92 pts
A tang, focused chardonnay with cooked apple, pear and lime undertones and a salty flavor at the finish. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Drink now.
2015 Emmy, Stone Tree Vineyard Mourvèdre Wahluke Slope, 92 points
2014 Taylor Mag, Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, 91 points Editor’s Choice
2014 Oldfield Estate Syrah, Yakima Valley, 91 points
2015 Jolie Bouche, Boushey Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley, 92 points Editor’s Choice
2014 Final-Final, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah Columbia Valley, 91 points Editor’s Choice
2015 Eléni, Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley, 91 points
2015 Lola, Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay Ancient Lakes, 91 points Editor’s Choice
2014 Big Papa, Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, 92 points
2014 Nana, Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley, 92 points
2014 Upright, Klipsun Vineyards Merlot Red Mountain, 90 points
2017 Jolie Bouche 92 pts
Deep medium ruby. Alluring scents of blackberry and spices, with added peppery lift from the stems. Sweet, savory and sedate, with its easygoing texture giving it considerable immediate appeal. The huckleberry fruit is accented on the back end by notes of pepper and licorice. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent sappy length. Plush, pliant Syrah with a lot of personality, made from ancient soils above the Missoula Flood plain. (vinified with about 15% whole clusters; aged in 17% new French oak; 3.89 pH; now mostly from the winery’s Oldfield estate vineyard Syrah, planted close to Boushey vineyard at an altitude of about 1,400 feet)
2017 Ceidleigh 91+ pts
Bright ruby. A touch of musky reduction to the aromas of dark raspberry and black olive. Rich, plush, savory wine with black raspberry and dark chocolate flavors delivering palate-saturating richness and breadth without heaviness. Sweeter and more open-knit than a sample I tasted this past summer, showing more fruit complexity. Finishes with broad, dusty, firm tannins and lingering sweetness. (aged in 13% new oak; from Angela’s vineyard on the northeastern tip of Red Mountain)
2017 Emmy 92 pts
Bright ruby-red. Lovely energy and lift to the aromas of blackberry, licorice, pepper and game. Then surprisingly supple and lush, with pliant, sweet flavors of dark berries, licorice and menthol given shape by sound black-peppery acidity. Firms up nicely on the back end, finishing with fine-grained black fruits and considerable suavity. This southern Rhône blend has the stuffing to age but it’s also beautifully balanced for early drinking. (14.5% alcohol; aged in neutral oak; made from Stonetree Vineyard, which is now indicated only on the back label)
2017 Eleni 90+ pts
Bright ruby. Very pure, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, violet and lavender, with no oak in the way. Juicy, fine-grained and penetrating, even a bit youthfully imploded, showing moderate flesh to its flavors of black fruits, licorice, olive tapenade and black pepper, plus faint game and herb nuances. Not a fleshy style, this savory midweight reminded me of a traditionally made Saint-Joseph. (14.5% alcohol; 100% neutral oak; from Red Willow vineyard fruit)
WASHINGTON: VARIOUS SHADES OF HOT
2015 Evergreen 90 pts
2015 Lola 91 pts
2015 Emmy 91+ pts
2015 Jolie Bouche 91+ pts
2015 Ceidleigh 92 pts
2015 Eleni 91+ pts
2014 Jolie Bouche 91+ pts
2014 Estate Syrah 91 pts
2014 Ceidleigh 92 pts
2014 Eleni 90+ pts
2014 Final Final 92+ pts
2014 Upright 90+ pts
2014 Nana 91+ pts
2014 Big Papa 92+ pts
2014 Taylor Mag 91+ pts
2014 Emmy 92 pts
EFESTE IS NAMED AMONG THE BEST WINERIES IN WOODINVILLE.
– About.com Travel, February 2017
“FOCUS ON WASHINGTON: HOT TIMES IN THE DESSERT” BY STEPHEN TANZER
92+ points, 2013 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points, Nana
92 points, 2013 Ceidleigh Syrah
91+ points, Eléni Syrah Red Willow Vineyard
91 points, 2013 Tough Guy Klipsun Vineyards
91 points, 2013 Emmy Stone Tree Vineyards
90+ points, 2013 Upright Merlot Klipsun Vineyards
90 points, 2013 Jolie Bouche Syrah Boushey Vineyard
91 points, 2015 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Boushey Vineyard
90 points, 2015 Feral Sauvignon Blanc Evergreen Vineyard
90 points, 2014 Lola Chardonnay Evergreen Vineyard
90 points, 2014 Evergreen Riesling Ancient Lakes
WINE SPECTATOR DAILY WINE PICK, SEPTEMBER 2016
93 Points, Jolie Bouche Syrah 2013
Broad, open-textured and expressive, packed with plum, blackberry and sage flavors, hinting at sassafras and black olive notes as the finish lingers gracefully. Drink now through 2021. –HS
WINE PRESS NORTHWEST, SEPTEMBER 2016
The 2012 Final Final is named a “Top Red Blend” and declared “Excellent” by the tasting panel.
As noted by Andy Perdue, “Even high-end wine collectors love a bargain, and that’s what we set out to look for when we asked Pacific Northwest wineries to send us their red wines that retail for $30 or less.”
EFESTE 2012 Final Final, Columbia Valley • $30 Winemaker Peter Devison leaned heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah for this delicious blend from Woodinville. Aromas of mint, cherry and spicy oak lead to flavors of black raspberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. It’s all backed by firm tannins that balance all the fruit.
RAND SEALEY’S REVIEW OF WASHINGTON WINES, AUGUST 2016
19+/20 points , 2012 “Big Papa” Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced from old blocks at the Klipsun, Bacchus, Red Willow and Kiona vineyards, this 100% Cabernet exhibits a deep ruby color and bold aromas of blackberry, old tree cherry, Damson plum, attar of rose, pipe tobacco, and incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with full-bodied red and black fruits that are imbued with licorice, Swiss chocolate, Sumatra roast, and alluvial minerals. The saturation continues on the back with roasted berries and nuts, mocha, toffee, graphite, and fine-grained integrated oak (80% new French for 22 months), followed by a long, authoritative ripe tannin finish. If you like a bold, solid Cabernet, this is for you.
19/20 points, 2013 “Emmy”
Brilliant crimson-ruby colored, this 88% Mourvèdre/12% Grenache blend possesses a seductive spiced, smoky nose of blackberry, pomegranate, cassis, crushed roses, garrigue, and incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with black and blue fruits that are intermixed with cocoa, Sumatra roast, and Wahluke scorched earth. The back picks up macerated berries, roasted nuts, crème de cassis, and charcoal on the way to a lengthy ripe tannin finish.
19/20 points, 2013 “Jolie Bouche” Syrah
Deep crimson-colored, this Syrah emits intoxicating aromas of blackberry, mountain blueberry, black currants, garrigue (lavender and Provençal herbs), tobacco, and incense. On the palate, the black and blue flavors are mouth-encompassing, intermixed with licorice, cocoa powder, French roast and gravel, and loam minerals. The back reveals sensations of pressed berries, roasted walnuts, crème de cassis, kidskin, and charcoal, followed by a long, ripe chewy tannin finish.
STUFFED SUITCASE, OCTOBER 2016
In her post, “Seattle Girlfriends Getaway to the Eastside – Bellevue & Woodinville WA” Kim of Stuffed Suitcase describes her experience wine tasting at EFESTE during a visit to Woodinville Wine Country: “A family owned winery that showcases that family history all over the walls of their tasting room. I’ll admit that I was a bit thrown off that this tasting room was found in the industrial area of Woodinville, but when I realized they did that in order to be on site of their wine processing, it made sense. I loved chatting with Helen and Dan, the owners, during our tasting. They were amazingly gracious hosts with warm smiles, and a true passion for their wines.”
“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 Met, April 26, 2016
WINE ENTHUSIAST, SEPTEMBER 2016
92 points, 2013 Eléni Syrah
The aromas of embers, black pepper, dark fruit, herbs, smoke and spice are brooding and locked up on first pour, showing more on each swirl. The blue and black-fruit flavors are ripe, sweet and full, with savory notes fleshing out the crazy long finish.
92 points, 2013 Jolie Bouche Syrah
Aromas of iron, olive, herb, smoke, orange peel and savory notes are followed by a ripe, full savory palate that packs a punch. It’s far from shy but manages to keep it all in balance.
92 points, 2015 Oldfield Estate Rosé
This blend of Mourvèdre (78%) and Grenache is a very pretty pale peach color. Aged in a mixture of concrete, stainless steel and neutral French oak, it suggests aromas of citrus, strawberry, herb and spice. It tingles the palate with fresh, lively flavors, showing poise and presence with a citrus-filled finish that lingers.
91 points, 2013 Ceidleigh Syrah
Typically the most forward of the winery’s offerings, this wine brings aromas of blue fruit along with notes of fire pit, olive, mineral and cured meat that become more prominent over time. The blue and black-fruit flavors are dense and focused, with a firm backbone of tannins providing support. It needs time in the cellar to stretch its legs.
91 points, 2013 Emmy
The white-pepper, garrigue, raspberry, orange-peel and pot-roast aromas pop. The palate is action packed with raspberry and cranberry flavors that lead to a long, savory finish.
91 points Editor’s Choice, 2015 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
This thoroughly delicious, acid-driven wine opens with aromas of passion fruit, oyster shell, herbs, wet stone and citrus. The flavors are sleek yet generous with electric, mouthwatering acidity. It demands oysters alongside it.
91 points, 2014 Evergreen Riesling
The aromas of ripe peach, jasmine, honeysuckle and mineral pop. It drinks just off dry, with a spritz of stone-fruit and citrus flavors that extend on the finish.
90 points, 2014 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc
Seeing just a kiss of new oak (20%), this wine offers brooding aromas of spice, white flowers, tropical fruit and citrus. The palate is full of white-grapefruit flavors backed by a zing of tart acidity, with barrel spice flavors lingering on the finish. It shows a lot of tension.
“Summer’s Best Rosés” include Oldfield Estate Rosé with the highest rating of the New World selections.
Wine Enthusiast, June 22, 2016
WASHINGTON WINES TO UNCORK THIS SPRING
In “Washington Wines to Uncork This Spring” Paul Zitarelli recommends the best wines for springtime including our Feral Sauvignon Blanc.
Seattle Magazine, April 2016
WINE ENTHUSIAST, MARCH 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.
VIVINO, JANUARY 2016
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 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.
In “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.
Yakima Herald, March 14, 2016
92 points/Cellar Selection, 2013 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon
This is the first vintage of this wine to include estate fruit, along with fruit from Klipsun, Bacchus and Red Willow. A complex medley of herb and spice aromas accented by purple flowers is followed by bold yet still refined dark-fruit flavors that linger on the finish. It has the tannin to go the distance.
91 points/Editors’ Choice, 2013 Nana Bordeaux Style Red
Merlot makes up half of this wine, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Cabernet Franc. It announces itself with nuanced aromas of herb, dried leaves and flowers, along with black currant. The flavors are palate coating and textured, showing depth but also restraint.
91 points, Final Final Red Wine
The aromas bring a big whack of pungent blue and purple fruit, along with notes of herb and cherry. The flavors are full and palate coating, bringing a real sense of texture and hedonism but still with great freshness.
90 points, Lola Chardonnay
The aromas of mineral, spice, toast, yellow apple, and lemon pith are light but enchanting. The palate is medium-bodied and refined, demonstrating judicious use of oak and a lengthy finish that shows some warmth.
GREAT NORTHWEST WINE, DECEMBER 2016
THE 2013 ESTATE PETIT VERDOT FROM TAYLOR MAG VINEYARD RECEIVES A RATING OF “EXCELLENT”.
MARTHA STEWART, NOVEMBER 2016
The Thanksgiving Wine Guide names EFESTĒ Evergreen Riesling as a top pick describing it as “a refreshing, crowd-pleasing wine. It’s delicate and dry and has a fresh, focused bouquet of lime blossom and white peach, flavors of apricot and chamomile, and a silky texture.”
“THE FINAL FINAL IS DECLARED EXTRAORDINARY AND THE ESTATE PETIT VERDOT PROCLAIMED OUTSTANDING. ”
— Washington Tasting Room Magazine, April 2017
VINO VOYAGER, NOVEMBER 2016
“EFESTĒ winemaker, Peter Devison, is producing beautifully handcrafted wines, using minimalist Old World winemaking techniques, to include native fermentation and limited oxygenation. His bold reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot, are velvety, complex, and have lots of fruit-laced layers.” Excerpted from Wining About in Woodinville.
SIP NORTHWEST, SEPTEMBER 2016
A celebration of #roséallday includes EFESTĒ 2015 Rosé, Oldfield Estate, Yakima Valley. “The second estate release from this family-owned and-operated winery, the Oldfield Estate vineyard is planted strategically next to those of legendary vine master Dick Boushey, who also runs the site for the Woodinville, Washington, winery. Winemaker Peter Devison shows a deft, consistent hand in this release of 88 percent Mourvèdre and 22 percent Grenache, compelling many across the Northwest wine media to choose this as a perennial pick. Satisfying for Francophiles (dry, floral, citrus-driven) as well as fair-weather, seasonal rosé drinkers, minerality and grapefruit dominant the bouquet and the palate flushes out in wild berries, gracefully braiding acid into full fruit to finish with vivacity.”
WASHINGTON TASTING ROOM MAGAZINE, FALL 2016
EFESTĒ IS FEATURED IN TOP WASHINGTON STATE WINE CLUBS WORTH JOINING.
SEATTLE REFINED, JUNE 2016
In the article, How One Grape Grower Inspired a Whole Industry, Paola Thomas interviews EFESTĒ’s winemaker, Peter Devison. He discusses working with grape grower Dick Boushey and the collaboration that takes place when obtaining fruit from Boushey Vineyards: ‘If something isn’t up to quality, he won’t put it in your bins, which is why we know that what shows up at the winery is exceptional. Having said that, I can’t remember ever walking his vineyards and debating whether we would be dropping anything – it’s always brilliant fruit!’
SEATTLE WINE AWARDS, JUNE 2016
2012 UPRIGHT DOUBLE GOLD
2012 TOUGH GUY GOLD
Zach Geballe names 10 Wines Perfectly Paired with Summer including our Feral Sauvignon Blanc.
Seattle Weekly, June 8, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 <strong>Evergreen Riesling<strong> 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.
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