Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2010

Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 119923
  • white wine
  • ST92
  • WE91
  • RP90
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: 12.3%

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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • WE93
  • 2011
  • WE93
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

This Riesling has an unbelievable sense of balance, opening up with white peach, honeysuckle and a beautiful lift from deeper mineral/slate notes. It passes across the palate with wonderful acidity and texture, finishing with a lovely attack of granny smith apple, mandarin orange, and persimmon. If you like Thai food, then this wine is for you!

Critical Acclaim

"Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent petrolly, stony minerality on the nose, accented by a note of juniper. Densely packed and slightly sweet, with terrific thickness cut by racy acidity. Boasts excellent complexity to the peach, anise, stone and mint flavors. Finishes long, tactile and brisk. Try this with Thai food, or with goat cheeses. This wine was bottled with 9.3 grams/liter acidity, equivalent to a very high-acid Alsace riesling, following de-acidification from 11.5."
92 Points

"Though this is just 12.2% alcohol (hence, off-dry), you’d never peg it for anything less than searingly tart and bracing. Grapefruit, green berry, green apple and lime coalesce around the lip-smacking acids. Young and primary; though already delicious, it should improve significantly with some cellaring."
91 Points

"The 2010 Riesling Evergreen Vineyard was fermented and aged in stainless steel finishing with 1.58% residual sugar and a low pH of 3.09. Reminiscent of a Mosel Kabinett, it displays aromas of jasmine, citrus, and spice notes. Crisp, savory, and long, it will serve nicely as an aperitif..."
90 Points

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Mark42 - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Immediately robust--this is NOT a subtle Riesling! Pleasant aftertaste. I'd recommend for the more adventurous Riesling drinkers. I find it to be richer than smooth as listed.
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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 Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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