Reviews:

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Nov., 2014

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine, Dec., 2014

90+ points - Stephen Tanzer, Dec., 2014

 EFESTĒ Syrah- Ceidleigh 2011

The Wine:

• Harvested late October
• 100% Natural (uninoculated) fermentation, in addition to malolactic fermentation
• Entirely hand harvested and sorted, small lot fermentations
• Average days on skins = 14
• Pressed straight to 100% French oak, 20% new
• Aged on lees until August
• Racked only twice throughout maturation: once to blend in August, once to tank for bottling
• Bottled in February 2013, unfined and unfiltered (14 months oak matured)
• 100% Syrah
• 563 Cases

The Vineyard: 

• 40% Angela’s (Efestē Estate)
• 40% Klipsun
• 20% Ciel du Cheval

Analysis:

• 14.40% ABV
• 3.88 pH
• 5.40g/L total acidity

Tasting Notes:

Another blockbuster from Red Mountain, the 2011 Ceidleigh explodes with aromas of pepper, wood, eucalyptus, black licorice, blackberry extract and violets. It’s a dense wine, especially considering the cool growing season. This red is also well-proportioned, exemplifying great tannin and fruit weight balance. Its youthful Red Mountain profile makes it an ideal candidate for summer grilling! Washington Syrah rocks.
—Peter Devison, Winemaker