Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2010
Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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!
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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..."
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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 View all Efeste Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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5 ratings, 1 with reviewSteven Corrales - Newman, CA511/13/2012Betty Boo - San Francisco, CA211/30/2012Alisha McPheeters - Union City, CA311/13/2012Mark42 - San Francisco, CA311/13/2012Immediately 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.SLyn - San Francisco, CA411/13/2012
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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