Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

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A blend of purchased grapes along with young-vine blocks of estate vineyards including Keefer Ranch, Hirsch, Floodgate, Failla Estate, Sonoma Stage, and Whistler. Roughly 15% new oak is used on each of the individual lots. The 2011 was aged sur-lie for 9 months to provide the fruit with ample nutrients and structure to round the tannins, providing a stable backbone for the finished wine.

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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 Our original label, designed by Anne-Marie's sister Marybeth, has been archived and our first three vintages (stragglers safely socked away in our personal cellar) will join either the pantheon of collectors' items or the fraternity of the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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03/26/2013

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/09/2012

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2011 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Plum jam and black cherry aromas are dry and restrained on the palate. A well-made delicate mix of flavors from a challenging year. Drink now through 2018. JL Wine Spectator.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/22/2013

Plum jam and black cherry aromas are dry and restrained on the palate. A well-made delicate mix of flavors from a challenging year. Drink now through 2018. -JL Wine Spectator. The 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a hugely delicious entry-level wi... Wine Spectator A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2011 2011 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 750ml


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Source: NapaCabs.com
07/19/2013

The 2011 Pinot Noir from Failla is a testament to how good wine can be, even in a tough vintage. Lovely high-toned raspberry and cherry fruit character with floral aromatics and excellent acidity.



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A blend of purchased grapes along with young-vine blocks of estate vineyards including Keefer Ranch, Hirsch, Floodgate, Failla Estate, Sonoma Stage, and Whistler. Roughly 15% new oak is used on each of the individual lots. The 2011 was aged sur-lie for 9 months to provide the fruit with ample nutrients and structure to round the tannins, providing a stable backbone for the finished wine.

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