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.
Big Papa is a reference co owner Dan Ferrelli. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from some of Washington’s finest vineyards including Klipsun, Bacchus, Sagemoor, Kiona and Red Willow.
Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Super nose of black fruits, smoke and graphite. Rich and plush with tremendous concentration. Cascading waves of brooding dark fruits on the palate. Flavors of black currants, cassis liqueur, tobacco leaf and dark cocoa. Exceptional length on the finish with silky tannins. Fantastic Cabernet that has the stuffing to age for another 5-7 years.
My rating: 93 points.
Efeste has one of the better 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.