Two 2010 Syrahs from Efeste

Hello friends. Quick turnaround today on a pair of wines that need no introduction for long-time list members.

These are Brennon Leighton’s Syrahs reserved mostly for restaurants and modeled, it would seem, on the Bob Betz paradigm: one from Red Mountain, and one from Boushey Vineyard. As many of you know, Brennon has left Efeste to join Charles Smith’s new Chardonnay project, so 2010 represents the penultimate vintage of Brennon’s fine work at Efeste.

Fortunately, Wine Spectator has not yet reviewed these wines. Harvey Steiman has long championed Brennon’s Syrahs (he usually rates Jolie Bouche a tick higher than Ceidleigh), and when his reviews come out, the wines tend to disappear instantly.

If you’re interested in exploring the terroir of the Yakima Valley (yes, Red Mountain is part of the Yak), these two Syrahs represent a fine opportunity to do so. And that’s all I’m going to say, considering that our parcel size is already going to lead to competitive allocations.

2010 Efeste Syrah “Ceidleigh” (Red Mountain)

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

2010 Efeste Syrah “Jolie Bouche” (Boushey Vineyard)

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ****/***** (Excellent/Exceptional).”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles of Bouche and 6 bottles of Ceidleigh, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive tomorrow and be available for pickup on our final TPU day of 2012 (Saturday Dec 22) or later, or for shipping during the spring shipping window.

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