Hello friends. The main thrust of today’s offer is going to be Efeste’s Final Final, because the current vintage is just outrageously good, and we have a very competitive tariff today. But please note: I’m also going to take this opportunity to offer two of Efeste’s outstanding white wines, as well as their flagship Cabernet, Big Papa. Let’s dive in:
2012 Efeste Final Final
Released at $30, this wine’s lowest wine-searcher price nationally is still 29.55. Our tag today is considerably better. It also comes with a strong review from Stephen Tanzer (you may recall that Tanzer is as exacting a critic as there is covering Washington; it’s always wise to add a “Tanzer curve” of 2-3pts, and to focus more on his tasting notes, which are consistently excellent):
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91+?pts.”
We’ve only offered one previous vintage of Final Final. That was the 2007, which was Washington’s last “vintage of the century” before 2012, the current VOTC. It’s Efeste’s Cab-Syrah blend, here 55% Cab and 40% Syrah, with small splashes of Mourvedre and Cab Franc. These Cab-Syrah blends are an interesting category for Washington. We’re able to grow both grapes well, but my experience over the years is that, blended together, they yield wines that are hit-or-miss. When they miss, it seems like both grapes get in each other’s way, and you end up with a muddled palate that drinks like anonymous red wine.
But when they hit, they can really hit. And this 2012 from Efeste really hits. It hits because it lets the Syrah do the talking on the nose, offering a surprisingly funky mix of mushroom and bacon fat and black olive tapenade over a core of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. And it hits because it lets the Cabernet take over texturally, offering weight and intensity, heft and tannic chew. The overall package is a complex, highly pleasurable (14.7% listed alc) wine that lingers and lingers with its espressoey finish. What a supple, succulent, late-release 2012 this is. And at today’s tariff, it really offers wonderful QPR (quality-price ratio).
2013 Efeste Riesling Evergreen Vineyard
Again, we have fantastic pricing (release price: $20) on a well-reviewed Efeste wine. From arguably the best Riesling vineyard in the state, this is a quite dry (0.9% RS), mineral-driven white already offering maturing petrol complexities to go with its stone fruit and chamomile notes. One of Washington’s finest Rieslings, and that’s saying something.
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.”
Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
Another glorious white wine from Evergreen, which I know I already said might be Washington’s best Riesling site, but which I should really expand to say could be Washington’s best white wine site period. Peter Devison’s Sauvignon Blanc hits just-right green notes, with grass and green papaya complementing grapefruit and mineral aromas. The palate seems really dialed in, too. The balance of citrus and green notes, the balance of fruit to acidity/minerality: both perfect. The finish is long and mouthwatering, the overall package intense and delicious.
2012 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon
Big Papa is 100% varietal, a blend of the best old-vine blocks Efeste works with, with average vine age of about 35 years from Cabernet grown at Red Willow, Bacchus, Kiona, and Klipsun. Aged for 22 months in 85% new French oak, this clocks in at 14.8% listed alc and offers a dark, smoky, brooding nose of peat moss, blackcurrant, black plum, and star anise. The palate is still so tightly-wound, it’s clear this one’s best years are well ahead of it. Notable earthy minerality and a robust wall of earl-gray tannins swaddle and protect a core of the deepest darkest fruit. This is so densely packed, so carefully balanced, I suspect it will unfurl in beautiful directions over the course of the next two or three decades.
First come first served up to 48 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and the wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.
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