Bottle Notes, Syrah

2018 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. Mark Fiore, who honed his skills at Charles Smith, is the winemaker at Efeste.

Fruit for this wine all comes from Oldfield Vineyard, adjacent to the Boushey Vineyard.

Purple in color. 14% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, smoked meats and coffee. Medium to full bodied with strong acidity. Big and brooding. Black cherry, blackberry, olives and game on the palate. The finish is long with coarse tannins. Serious Syrah. Give this a few years in the cellar. Best over the next 5-7 years.

My rating: 89 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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