Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2008

Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 105772
  • white wine
  • ST91
  • RP91
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • WE93
  • 2011
  • WE93
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

Slate and mineral notes, with bright apple and citrus qualities make this an admired Washington Riesling. This Efeste wine has a fundamentally crisp and focused mouth-feel making it a fantastic food-pairing wine. Enjoy!

Critical Acclaim

"The Efeste 2008 Riesling Evergreen demonstrates not just the consistent excellence of fruit from this site and of this winery's way with it, but also how worthwhile it is not to drink-up such a wine out in its first year or two! Juicy, bright lime and tangerine are tinged with linden flower, raw ginger, cinnamon stick, and stony, alkaline, saline nuances such as I would expect of a world class wine from this grape. Apple skin chew and pip bite add to the sense of invigoration in a long, still luscious finish. Leighton says he chose two yeast strains that would compliment his reductive approach and let the wine blossom slowly. While it's unlikely you'll find bottles of this for sale anywhere - and I forgot to ask precisely how much it sold for on release - it certainly represented one amazing value..."
91 Points

"Pale, bright yellow. Subtle aromas and flavors of white peach, apple, pineapple, dusty stone and minerals. Juicy, laid-back and just off-dry, conveying a strong impression of soil character and extract. The combination of excellent acidity and underlying minerality gives real sappiness to the brisk finish."
91 Points

Learn About Efeste

Wine monitoring, not wine making. Terrior and a minimal approach make the best wine. We work primarily with the old vines, bringing forth maturity and concentration while maintaining an elegance. Native fermentation encourages lovely earth tones without eclipsing the fruit that is unique to the vineyard, letting the fruit speak for itself. Not unlike art, where beauty and...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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