Top Notch Washington Cabernet – Efeste Big Papa $39.95 WS93

January 12, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  One comment

Efeste Big Papa 2007Tonight I made a three course spread culminating with short rib bolognese and homemade pappardelle pasta.  That pasta needed a big but elegant wine, and I picked the right one tonight.

Technically someone else picked it since last time I was in L.A. Wine Co. Steve told me I had to try this wine. He was absolutely right.  Efeste’s (pronounced F S T) ‘Big Papa’ is made from old vine Cabernet, with vine age averaging 32 years.  That’s impressive for Cabernet, which is usually replanted after 25 years due to significantly decreased yields.  The older vines make the wine more concentrated and naturally complex, lessening the need for intricate winemaking techniques.

Short Rib BologneseEverything about this wine is textbook Cabernet from the beautiful deep ruby color to the complex creme brulee (read: new oak) influenced nose.  On the palate it’s medium to full bodied, with sweet, broad tannins suggesting the wine will age very well, though it drinks great today.  This wine makes a strong argument for  non-interventionist winemaking techniques as it’s perfectly balanced without giving up concentration or texture.  In fact, the texture is particularly nice, with silky, mouthcoating flavors peaking into a 20+ second finish.

This is the best Washington Cabernet I’ve tasted in recent memory and for the price tag, that’s saying a lot.

Buy Here: 2007 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon $39.95

Wine Spectator 93 points

“Rich, dense and focused, delivering an explosive mouthful of currant and plum fruit accented by wet stone and wet earth nuances as the finish races on without apparent weight. Deftly done—and impressively so. Drink now through 2017. 700 cases made.”

*of note, this wine also received 91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

One comment to Top Notch Washington Cabernet – Efeste Big Papa $39.95 WS93

  • Ray Shields says:

    So if I buy the wine…. I will need the Short Rib Bolognese to go with it…. can you send me the recipe? ;-)

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