Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2004
Picked in early September, the fruit was destemmed into open-topped fermenters and treated to twice daily manual punch downs during fermentation. After aging for 12 months in French oak barrels, 1/3 of which were new, the wine was bottled unfiltered in September, 2005. The classic Burgundian aromas of black cherry and baking spices are joined by an intense nose of roses. The lush mouth feel and mid-palette sweetness testify to the rich, round food-friendly tannins. Decant to drink now or lay down for up to a year; this wine will age well for 5-7 years.
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External Reviews for Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir
Ehren Jordan's Burgundian-styled Pinot Noirs include the 2004 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch. Its medium ruby color is accompanied by sweet cherry and pomegranate aromas, terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a long, spicy finish. Clearly premier cru Cote de Beaune-like in its orientation, it should drink well for 5-7 years.
The outstanding 2005 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch reveals earthy, stemmy spiciness as if it's mimicking a Burgundy premier cru from the northern Cote de Nuits. It has an earthy richness with more spice and less fruit, medium to full body, moderate tannin, and fine balance. Drink this impressively endowed Pinot over the next 7-8 years.
Slightly cloudy medium red. Musky aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry, blood orange and mace; reminded me of Chambolle-Musigny. Juicy, spicy and minerally, with a firm edge of cool-climate acidity framing the redcurrant, pomegranate and blood orange flavors. Still a bit youthfully tight but this boasts terrific energy. At 14.2% alcohol, this is the highest of this set of 2005 pinots.
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