For years, too many American wineries were making riesling wines which were entirely way too sweet – they were, after all, trying to cater to the palates of their clients. Thankfully, however, both their approach and the greater palate at large have matured to the point where we as users demand more food-friendly wines and the wineries are complying.
Riesling is one of the most versatile grapes in the wine business as it can be made to cater to such a broad spectrum of palates and likes – from super sweet to bone dry – this grape can do the full gammot.
Efeste Winery, located in Woodinville WA, has built its business model of “letting the grapes do the talking” and tell us that it goes to great strikes to ensure the fruit speaks for the wine and nothing else. Just the terrior and vineyard – they’re primary hope is to keep out of the way long enough to have it become great wine.
- Vineyards: Evergreen Vineyard which is located just above the Gorge Amphitheater. The vines were planted in 1995.
- Grapes: 100% Riesling
- Aging: 100% Stainless steel tanks
- Vintage: Aged in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation. With only 1.3% residual sugar, this is a dryer Riesling.
- Alc/Vol: 11.7%
- Price: $16
Nose: Classic lemon-drop, green apple peel and river-stone, minerals – very Alsatian-like on the nose.
Taste: Obnoxious green apple jolly-rancher action going on the attack on the front of my palate. It rounds out to an almost white-pepper laden lemon and lemon-zest across the mid palate and than the final green-apple onlslaught on the end of the palate takes place. The amount of granny smith apples going on in this glass is insane. This is a very food-friendly wine which should age well for another 4-8years or so with a high-degree of excellent drinkability going on right now. You’ll definitely be tasting the apple component for a LONG time as it has a nice, long finish on the end.
Winery website: www.efeste.com