Bottle Notes, Syrah

2011 Efeste Syrah Jolie Bouche – 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.

Jolie Bouche is sourced from Boushey Vineyard.

Opaque purple in color. 14% ABV. Black fruits, green olives and iron on an exotic nose. Young, fresh and vibrant. Blackberries, minerals, olives and roasted meats on the palate. Warm and savory which seems to be the calling card of Boushey Vineyard Syrah. Surprisingly approachable but clearly the stuffing is here to cellar the wine for another 5-7 years.

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.

Efeste also has an exceptionally well run and worthwhile wine club.

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