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Failla Chardonnay 2012

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Failla continues to shift toward more neutral élevage for this enjoy-it-young Chardonnay: splitting half of the fruit between concrete egg and stainless steel vessels. The remainder fermented and aged in French oak, only 15% new and barely perceptible in the finished wine's aromas of wet-stone, lime and oyster- shell. Malolactic fermentation provides a round, glycerin finish that balances the wine's vibrant mouth- watering acidity. Not yet reviewed; 2011 vintage rated 92 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2013' by Wine Spectator.

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Winery: Failla
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Failla:
History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not without its complexities. Founded as Failla Jordan in 1998, it took its name from the husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. That year we planted our Estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and began buying fruit for our first releases, the very Rhône-style ‘98 Al... Read more
History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not without its complexities. Founded as Failla Jordan in 1998, it took its name from the husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. That year we planted our Estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and began buying fruit for our first releases, the very Rhône-style ‘98 Alban Vineyard Viognier and ‘98 Que Syrah Syrah. However, after three vintages under the Failla Jordan label, the must hit the fan and we got into a legal dust-up with Jordan Vineyards and Winery. When the smoke cleared, we had agreed to cease using Ehren’s last name to avoid trampling tender trademark toes and, putting our best foot (and better half) forward, we continued with simply "Failla". Many folks have asked us why we didn’t just pick a fanciful name in the first place instead of playing roulette with our own surnames. Well, we never found ruins of missions, limestone kilns, stone walls or barns on our property, just several old trailers. Existing plants on the ranch include such wine-incompatible flora as agave (shot of tequila anyone?) and bay trees (boiled crabs anyone?). And geographic features on our local topo maps sport monikers such as Brain Ridge, Gualala River, and Hell Hole. We debuted as "Failla" with a new Chuck House-designed label in the fall of 2002. Our original label, designed by Anne-Marie's sister Marybeth, has been archived and our first three vintages (stragglers safely socked away in our personal cellar) will join either the pantheon of collectors' items or the fraternity of the oddities bin. Read less

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Snooth User: runningbear
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2.50 5
12/21/2014

A bit too acidic.


External Reviews for Failla Chardonnay

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Failla s 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is wonderfully tense and vibrant especially within the context of the vintage. Lemon oil and floral notes jump from the glass in a graceful chiseled Chardonnay long on class. The Chardonnay is done in equal parts stainless steel barrel and concrete egg. Antonio Galloni.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast exhibits lots of pear caramelized lemon and apple blossom notes in a medium-bodied intense yet finesse style with good acidity purity and texture. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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Failla continues to shift toward more neutral élevage for this enjoy-it-young Chardonnay: splitting half of the fruit between concrete egg and stainless steel vessels. The remainder fermented and aged in French oak, only 15% new and barely perceptible in the finished wine's aromas of wet-stone, lime and oyster- shell. Malolactic fermentation provides a round, glycerin finish that balances the wine's vibrant mouth- watering acidity. Not yet reviewed; 2011 vintage rated 92 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2013' by Wine Spectator.

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