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Failla Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard 2012

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92+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard possesses serious depth and power. At the same time, the 2012 is quite closed in on itself, which is not surprising, as Hirsch often gives wines of notable structure. It's hard not to imagine that the 2012 will be even better in another few years. If there is one site where the fruit might benefit from a little longer time in barrel, Hirsch is it. There is a good chance the Hirsch will blossom with more time in bottle. Time will tell. Drink: 2014-2022. (Feb 2014)

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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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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/10/2009

Bright red fruit, a bit of herbal quality on the nose. Cranberry, some oak but it's not overpowering. Chocolate, eucalyptus and a bit of medicine and cherries. Needs a bit of time. 475 cases produced.


4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/10/2009

Earthy, fungal but refined aromas with strong, juicy red fruit. Fairly deep ripe fruit flavors, clean, earthy with hints of cherry and creamy acidity. So well balanced.


Snooth User: haonusa
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/14/2008

Four and a half glasses


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Vintage: 2007 09/30/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2007 Failla Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard 750ml



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92+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard possesses serious depth and power. At the same time, the 2012 is quite closed in on itself, which is not surprising, as Hirsch often gives wines of notable structure. It's hard not to imagine that the 2012 will be even better in another few years. If there is one site where the fruit might benefit from a little longer time in barrel, Hirsch is it. There is a good chance the Hirsch will blossom with more time in bottle. Time will tell. Drink: 2014-2022. (Feb 2014)

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