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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Efeste Jolie Bouche Boushey Vineyard Syrah 2008
Efeste Jolie Bouche Boushey Vineyard Syrah 2008
(search item no. 113702)
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $36.00

Winemaker's Notes:

#15 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Plum, cherry, floral and slightly herbaceous with an earthy essence and cured meat notes. This wine evokes elegance and balance. The word 'pretty' comes to mind, hence the French translation of "pretty mouth:" Jolie Bouche.

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.

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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 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