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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2008
Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2008
(search item no. 108058)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

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

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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