Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011

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20% young-vine Chardonnay blend was fermented and aged in concrete egg vessels. The remainder was fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak, only 15% new and barely perceptible in the finished wine's flinty nose balanced with citrusy scents of grapefruit and lime filled out with a hint of jasmine and oyster-shell. The textural contributions of the concrete-fermented lots nicely balance the wine's vibrant mouth-watering acidity. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 99 points and 'Editors' Choice' by Wine Enthusiast.

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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

External Reviews for Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2011 Chardonnay is striking. Lemon pastry white flowers and nectarine all meld together gracefully in this gorgeous totally beautiful wine. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes and a hint of peach linger on the finish. In 2011 30% of the fruit was fermented and aged in concrete eggs an approach that worked very nicely to say the least. This is a totally classy introductory level Chardonnay from Failla. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. -Antonio Galloni Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/22/2013

The 2011 Chardonnay is striking. Lemon pastry white flowers and nectarine all meld together gracefully in this gorgeous totally beautiful wine. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes and a hint of peach linger on the finish. ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2011 2011 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 750ml



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20% young-vine Chardonnay blend was fermented and aged in concrete egg vessels. The remainder was fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak, only 15% new and barely perceptible in the finished wine's flinty nose balanced with citrusy scents of grapefruit and lime filled out with a hint of jasmine and oyster-shell. The textural contributions of the concrete-fermented lots nicely balance the wine's vibrant mouth-watering acidity. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 99 points and 'Editors' Choice' by Wine Enthusiast.

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