Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Washington

Item No. 101999
  • red wine
  • WS93
  • RP90
  • WE90
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Winemaker's Notes

#36 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

Our "Ciedleigh" Syrah (pronounced kay-Lee) is made entirely from Red Mountain grapes. Old and new world in a glass is what makes the Ceidleigh a distinctive wine deserving of its name, which means "celebration" in Gaelic. The wine is inky with ripe plum and dried cherries balanced around a wonderful aroma of earth after a morning rain. It is lush and full, almost Rubenesque but with an elegant attack of fresh strawberries and orange zest finished with a note of licorice.

Critical Acclaim

"Smooth, round and generous, this positively glows with gorgeous plum, blackberry and floral spice aromas and flavors, echoing on the long, expressive finish. This just doesn't quit. Drink now through 2014. 1,200 cases made."
93 Points

"The 2006 Ceidleigh (“celebration” in Gaelic) Syrah spent 20 months in 27% new French oak. Deep purple-colored, it displays a bouquet of cigar box, mineral, scorched earth, lavender, and blueberry. Dense and rich on the palate, this full-bodied, pure Syrah has enough structure to evolve for 3-4 years. It should offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2021. "
90 Points

"This is deeply saturated, lush, scented with violets, raisins and chocolate, still tight and spicy. Excellent depth and structure, with about one quarter of the oak new. It needs some breathing time, and as it opens it shows more Rhône-like flavors of blood and shrubby herb."
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 Other Washington

A few other appellations in Washington include:

Puget Sound

, which grows some lesser-known grapes like Muller-Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine, is less known for quality wines and better liked for being a tourist attraction.

Red Mountain

sub-appellation runs along the eastern part of Yakima Valley. It's best for red varietals and is constantly growing in quality and popularity.

Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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