Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2012 Efeste Chardonnay Adrienne – 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.

Adrienne is sourced from French Creek Vineyard.

Light gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Apple, lemon curd, nutmeg and pears on the nose. Richly textured and creamy with just the right amount of acidity. The palate is alive with vanilla, lemon, minerals and spice. The finish is exceptionally long. Efeste is on a short list of top notch Washington Chardonnay producers with the likes of Woodward Canyon and Abeja.

My rating: 92 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.

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