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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