Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Failla 2007

Member Review by Mark Angelillo:

Cherry spice, bright and sweet smelling with a bit of an herbed backbone. Great oak, great fruit, clean with a hint of deeper berries, some raspberry, smooth delicious mouthfeel, well balanced acidity and an eternal finish of popped corn of toast. 600 cases made.

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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 Our original label, designed by Anne-Marie's sister Marybeth, has been archived and our first three vintages (stragglers safely socked away in our personal cellar) will join either the pantheon of collectors' items or the fraternity of the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
07/10/2009

Cherry spice, bright and sweet smelling with a bit of an herbed backbone. Great oak, great fruit, clean with a hint of deeper berries, some raspberry, smooth delicious mouthfeel, well balanced acidity and an eternal finish of popped corn of toast. 600 cases made.


Snooth User: jkagel
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4.00 5
11/24/2009

A cloudy brick to pink in color. Earthy aromas with hist of plum and alcohol. Crisp sour cherry after my first sip. The initial bite of sour cherries mellowed into a delicious smooth and well balanced combination of cherry, plum and just a hint of coffee. Very well balanced.


Snooth User: paulc
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4.00 5
05/04/2010

Four glasses



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