Efeste Feral Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
Feral Sauvignon Blanc is made using native, wild yeast for fermentation. Native fermentation occurs when no commercial yeast is added to the pressed juice. We love the flint and mineral tones that native fermentation brings out in Sauvignon Blanc. It also enhances truly distinct grapefruit aromas that are only found in Sauvignon Blanc fermented this way. The mouth-feel is luscious, with focus and crispness. This wine possesses a full mid-palate and a very long, delicious finish.
A well-balanced, true representation that showcases old-world Sauvignon Blanc's charm. Herbaceous grassy flavors of fresh dandelion juxtaposed with minerality and briny coastal air. With distinct citrus on the nose, this wine has a luscious mouth-feel of limes and Meyer lemons that complete this immensely structured wine. Serve this wine with oysters, sea urchin, or roe.
International Wine Cellar - "Pale straw-yellow. Musky, wild aromas of yellow plum, melon, pungent smoky herbs, ginger and anise, accented by a sweaty citrus pith quality. Then surprisingly round and rich in the mouth yet dry and light on its feet, with soil-driven herb, spice and stone flavors. A rather uncompromising style that finishes broad and tactile. This boasts a lot of dimension for sauvignon blanc if not quite the edgy lift of the 2007 version. These two new whites are must purchases for fans of Old World wine, especially at their gentle price tags."
Wine & Spirits - "Like a slice of melon spritzed with lime juice, this lean sauvignon has a salty tang to its texture that suggests a pairing with something from the sea. Try it with salt and pepper prawns."
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 excitement are found in the unique natural abberations. We encourage character. Great wines have personalities.
Efestç, pronounced F-S-T is an acronym for Daniel & Helen Ferrelli – Patrick Smith – and Kevin & Angela Taylor. Daniel, a second generation Italian had been making wine in his garage forever,passing on the tradition of his family to his son-in-law Kevin Taylor. Daniel and Patrick met through business and their friendship blossomed through sharing their passion for wine. One evening Daniel was making dinner for his family at the Taylor house and invited Patrick too. A discussion of Kevin and Daniel’s wine making hobby came up. Patrick knew of some people in the wine industry and, why not start a project together!
They met with Chris Upchurch and Jay Soloff of DeLille Cellars and both decided to come on as consultants and Efestç was born. With a love for all wines but strong interest in Australian wines they took a trip there to discover what made the wine so unique. The Spirit of Australia was discovered and returned were three friends and the idea, not to take yourself too seriously, enjoy your family, friends and anyone else that would like to join you in a glass of wine, breaking of bread and a good laugh View all Efeste Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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