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Wine Wise USD 65.29 750ml
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Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

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Not yet reviewed; 2011 vintage rated 95 points and 'Editors' Choice' by Wine Enthusiast: It's hard to believe that this fabulous Pinot is Failla's least expensive selection; what a great indication of his 2011s yet to come and of the vintage in general. It's bone dry and rich in raspberry flavor, with brisk acidity, firm minerality and a perfectly applied jacket of smoky oak. Elegant, pure and savory, it's just beautiful to drink now.

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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 Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Dried cherries flowers mint and sweet tobacco all abound in Failla s 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast). Soft and nicely perfumed throughout the 2012 appears to be best suited to near and medium-term drinking given its delicate understated personality. This is a solid entry-level offering from Failla although I miss the depth of some prior vintages likely the result of the generous yields of 2012. Antonio Galloni.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The least expensive red is the 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast which offers soft round berry fruit pomegranate plum and spice notes a seductive medium-bodied mouthfeel and decent acidity. Made from younger vines from numerous sources it is a pretty Pinot to drink over the next 3-4 years. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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Not yet reviewed; 2011 vintage rated 95 points and 'Editors' Choice' by Wine Enthusiast: It's hard to believe that this fabulous Pinot is Failla's least expensive selection; what a great indication of his 2011s yet to come and of the vintage in general. It's bone dry and rich in raspberry flavor, with brisk acidity, firm minerality and a perfectly applied jacket of smoky oak. Elegant, pure and savory, it's just beautiful to drink now.

Dietary Information: Organic


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