2010 Efeste Cabernet Sauvignon “Big Papa”

Hello friends. I heard from our network of wine spies over the weekend that another of our recent offerings to receive a glowing review in Friday’s Wine Advocate is depleting at an alarming rate:

We only offered this a week ago. Remember those pre-Advocate simpler times? A week ago, there was no urgency; now this wine is under attack. Here’s the reason why:

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “($54); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Here are our original notes from last week’s offering: “Big Papa is 100% Cabernet, and it’s where Brennon blends the best old-vine blocks that he works with. The average vine age is between 30 and 35 years, from Red Mountain (Klipsun and Kiona) and Sagemoor properties (Sagemoor and Bacchus). It sees 80% new French oak, contributing notes of woodsmoke to a lovely nose of dark fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant), fresh herb (bay leaf, rosemary), and green tea. The palate is truly succulent; clearly Brennon had no trouble getting ripeness in the cooler 2010 vintage. An attack of mint-tinged blackberry fruit gives way to a plump mid-palate, and then the powerful tannins take over, carrying the finish in a wash of black- and green-tea chew.”

What happens when a review like Jeb’s is released is that distributors across the country who work with Efeste place huge orders. The depletions are so lumpy that it makes predicting this wine’s eventual sold-out date tricky, even for an applied math major. It may sell out tomorrow; it may be around for a month or two. Let’s not take any chances. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive at the warehouse in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

We only offered this a week ago. Remember those pre-Advocate simpler times? A week ago, there was no urgency; now this wine is under attack. Here’s the reason why:

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “($54); This estate [Efeste] produces a bevy of brilliant wines that have loads of richness and depth, while staying fun to drink. At the top of heap, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa – Old Block is all Cabernet and spent 20 months in 80% new French oak. Incredibly rich, layered and pure, it boasts first-rate aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, toasted bread, coffee bean and mint as well as a full-bodied, elegant and thrillingly textured mouthfeel. The quality of tannin here is superb and while already approachable, this beauty will continue to shine for another 10-12 years. Drink now-2025. 94pts.”

Here are our original notes from last week’s offering: “Big Papa is 100% Cabernet, and it’s where Brennon blends the best old-vine blocks that he works with. The average vine age is between 30 and 35 years, from Red Mountain (Klipsun and Kiona) and Sagemoor properties (Sagemoor and Bacchus). It sees 80% new French oak, contributing notes of woodsmoke to a lovely nose of dark fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant), fresh herb (bay leaf, rosemary), and green tea. The palate is truly succulent; clearly Brennon had no trouble getting ripeness in the cooler 2010 vintage. An attack of mint-tinged blackberry fruit gives way to a plump mid-palate, and then the powerful tannins take over, carrying the finish in a wash of black- and green-tea chew.”

What happens when a review like Jeb’s is released is that distributors across the country who work with Efeste place huge orders. The depletions are so lumpy that it makes predicting this wine’s eventual sold-out date tricky, even for an applied math major. It may sell out tomorrow; it may be around for a month or two. Let’s not take any chances. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive at the warehouse in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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