Bottle Notes

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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