Bottle Notes, Syrah

2011 Efeste Syrah Ceidleigh – 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.

Ceidleigh is 100% Syrah sourced from Klipsun, Bacchus, Sagemoor and Kiona Vineyards.

Bright crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Savory nose of dark fruits, olive brine and espresso. Rich and full bodied with strong acidity. Flavors of black cherry, roasted meats, coffee and a hint of anise. There are silky tannins on an exceptionally long finish. Scrumptious Syrah. Ceidleigh is the perfect foil to the Efeste Syrah Jolie Bouche. Old world in style as opposed to new world. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Ceidleigh can be found at retail for about $40 per bottle.

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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