Efeste 2011 Columbia Valley Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Woodinville, Washington ABV: 14%
WA - 94 - 2010, 92 - 2008, 91 - 2006
WE - 91, 93 - 2008, 94 - 2007, 91 - 2005
Mature vines with deep, established roots struggle and naturally produce fewer clusters with smaller berries that ripen slower. This combination of lower yields, smaller berries, and longer hang time create wines that are richer, more concentrated, and complex. The fruit was sourced from Old Blocks on some of the oldest vineyards in the state - Klipsun, Bacchus, Sagemoor and Kiona and bottled unfined and unfiltered in June 2013.
Big Papa is big - big fruit, big oak and big mouth feel - a truly impressive wine for such a cool vintage. After a year in bottle, this wine is still extremely focused and young, almost primary, yet hinting at what it will be with several hours decanting or a few more years in the cellar. Though tight, the nose displays chocolate covered black currants, licorice spice, and dark cherry liqueur. Toasted vanilla and herbs are mingling in the background. Great acidity is the driving force for this wine, carrying fruit and wrestling the cool vintage tannins into submission allowing for a harmonious palate that sings from start to finish.
EFESTE (pronounced F-S-T) is an acronym for the winery’s original three founders: Ferrelli, Smith, and Taylor. The winery is located a few blocks north of the Woodinville Warehouse Winery District. Vineyards are scattered throughout the Columbia Valley and Yakima Valley AVAs. The wines are crafted with minimalist techniques using native fermentation and low oxygenation.
#19 - Seattle Met 100 Best Washington Wines 2008
#26 - Seattle Times Best of Washington Wine 2007
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