Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2012 Efeste Chardonnay Lola – 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.

The Lola Chardonnay is sourced from Evergreen Vineyard

Shimmering gold in color. 14% ABV. Hazelnuts, honeysuckle and pineapple on the nose. Rich and succulent on the palate with medium acidity and nice minerality. Flavors of lemon meringue, vanilla bean, pears and spice. The wine finishes strong and will benefit from a year or so in the cellar. A strong effort from one of the top Chardonnay producers in the state.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2013 Lola is available at retail and the winery for $35.

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.

I’ve blogged about Efeste previously in The Great Whites of Washington.

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