Efeste Feral Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 108059
  • white wine
  • ST90
  • W&S90
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.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
90 Points

"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."
90 Points

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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 Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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