Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Efeste Syrah Eleni Red Willow Vineyard – 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.

Opaque purple in color. 14.95% ABV. 100% Syrah from the fabled Red Willow Vineyard. Brooding nose of black fruits, coffee and olive brine. Medium body with strong acidity. Savory, rich, plush fruit. Black cherry, blackberry and minerals on the palate. Still on the young side. I would wait 2-3 years before opening another bottle.

My rating: 90 points.

The 2012 Eleni is available at retail and the winery for $54.

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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