Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Washington

$39.99
Item No. 108058
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS93
  • ST91
  • WE91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Ceidleigh (pronounced kay-Lee) is made from Red Mountain grapes. Old and new world in the same glass make this Syrah distinctive. Translating as 'celebration' from the Gaelic tradition, this wine makes a fine contribution to any party.

Inky with dark plum and black cherries balanced around aromas of smokiness, floral notes, and dark chocolate. It has big bracing tannins, yet wonderful elegant acid that gives focus to the wine.

We make this wine with indigenous yeast and malolactic cultures to showcase the identity of the wine through the unique place and time of the fruit's growth.
--Brennon Leighton, Winemaker

Critical Acclaim

"Earthy undertones add an air of mystery to this juicy, stylish mouthful of raspberry, blackberry, rose petal, soft leather and mature tobacco flavors, beautifully wrapped in fine tannins. Best from 2013 through 2018"
93 Points

"Released quite young, this is a wine to decant. It's big and dark and tannic, tight as a tick, with grainy textural tannings wrapped havily around tart blue and purple berries. Though the flavors are pure Syrah, the structure and density are Cabernet like and though it's a guess, the odds are this is a wine to cellar for at least a decade."
91 Points

"Good full ruby. Black fruits, blueberry and a smoky nuance on the nose. Juicy and concentrated, with a terrific core of dense dark fruit and spices. Showing more personality today than the '07 version but this is also quite backward, a bit dominated today by its tannic grip. This wine was aged in a 50/50 combination of puncheons and barriques, whereas the '07 was aged entirely in barriques.
91(+?) points."
91 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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