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Failla Syrah Napa Valley Phoenix Ranch 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2009 is just as exciting as past vintages. [On the 2006 vintage: 95 pts an Editors' Choice and the #1 Wine of 2008 in the Wine Enthusiast] An awesome syrah that proves that while size isn't everything it does matter. A major league wine brilliantly paced with currant black cherry licorice and pepper flavors whose power is hard to exaggerate. For all that the wine never loses its balance and sense of proportion. So good now you won't be able to keep your hands off it but it should hold for six years.

Region: USA » California » Napa
Winery: Failla
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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

Member Reviews for Failla Syrah Napa Valley Phoenix Ranch

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Snooth User: ch4461
3189059
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/13/2009

This wine has a very nice floral nose but fruit a bit closed. Palate is a soft, a bit flat and tannins more dominant than I expected. I have heard great things about the Failla Phoenix but I was looking for the fruit to shine more.


Snooth User: palmnut
89683835
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 06/03/2009

Deep purple color, a distinct blueberry flavor, tons of mushroom and bell peppers and dry woody tannins. Wine Enthusiast's #1 wine of 2008...


Snooth User: zhazha311
52549712
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/07/2010

I am usually a white zin or riesling girl, but this syrah is the only red variety I have ever really actually liked and said I would drink again...if only I could find it!


Snooth User: jkagel
81001919
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 08/10/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: emk987
21298714
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 07/10/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Failla Syrah Napa Valley Phoenix Ranch

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Vintage: 2007 03/12/2013

Northern Rhone-like characteristics of bacon fat, roasted meat, bouquet garni, and sweet blackberry and currant fruit. It is full-bodied with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a notion of tapenade.



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The 2009 is just as exciting as past vintages. [On the 2006 vintage: 95 pts an Editors' Choice and the #1 Wine of 2008 in the Wine Enthusiast] An awesome syrah that proves that while size isn't everything it does matter. A major league wine brilliantly paced with currant black cherry licorice and pepper flavors whose power is hard to exaggerate. For all that the wine never loses its balance and sense of proportion. So good now you won't be able to keep your hands off it but it should hold for six years.

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