The Efeste Sign

After Matthews Estate I drove over to the Woodinville Warehouse WineriesEfeste is located off to the side and is a working winery, tasting room, and test kitchen.  Efeste is pronounced like the letters F, S, and T which are the initials of the last names of the owners: Daniel Ferrelli, Patrick Smith, and Kevin Taylor. Brennon Leighton is the wine maker and gained his preference for indigenous yeast while working at Chateau Ste. Michelle.  Although there was a small private event taking place and a tour, Daniel kindly poured the wines for me to taste and Brennon also stopped by the tasting bar.  I really liked the 2008 Ceidleigh Syrah and on a future visit I would certainly look for the Eleni and Jolie Syrahs.

Tasting Room Entrance

2010 Efeste, Feral, Sauvignon Blanc, Evergreen Vineyard, Ancient Lakes
This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the Evergreen Vineyard.  It was made with indigenous yeast and aged in 100% neutral French oak.  The nose was definitely wild with grassiness.  There are grassy flavors in the mouth with a sour-tilt to this different wine with notes of grape fruit.  While it is interesting, I was quite distracted by the grass aromas and flavors.  Not Rated.

2010 Efeste, Evergreen, Riesling, Evergreen Vineyard, Ancient Lakes
This wine is 100% Riesling sourced from the Evergreen Vineyard. It was made with purchased yeast.  More floral fruit of peaches, well done, fills the mouth with the aftertaste. A step up from the Feral Sauvignon Blanc.  Not Rated.

Tasting Room with Daniel and Brennen in the Background

2008 Efeste, Ceidleigh, Syrah, Red Mountain
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 40% Klipsun, 34% Ciel du Cheval, and 26% Ranch at the End of the Road vineyards.  It was made with indigenous yeasts and aged for 15 months in 22% new French oak.  There was a light nose of pure, dark red fruit and some lipstick.  In the mouth there are wild flavors of dark berries combined with heat breaking through.  The flavors turn towards pervasive, bright fruit, with an incense note that is consistent and attractive throughout.  My favorite wine of those tasted.  Not Rated.

2008 Efeste, Final-Final, Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Columbia Valley
This wine is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Syrah.  The grapes were sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, Kiona, Sagemoor, Bacchus, Red Willow, Boushey, Weinbau, and Stone Tree vineyards.  It was made with indigenous yeasts and aged in 54% new French oak. There is an interesting nose, similar wildness, but with harder fruit of black cherries and berries.  There are some scents in the finish and plenty of tannins.  This might be in an awkward, youthful state and should settle down in a year.  Not Rated.

2008 Efeste, Big Papa, Columbia Valley
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced with 35% source drom Kiona, 27% from Klipsun, 20% from Sagemoor, and 18% from Weinbau vineyards.  The vines average 31 years of age.  It was made with indigenous yeast and aged in 83% new French oak.  This is a young wine that reveals dark flavors of blackberry and other black fruits but no complexity.  There are plenty of tannins and medium-bodied flavors. The tannins develop and put this wine just over the top.  Not Rated.

Women's World Cup Final in the Tasting room

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