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Failla Viognier Alban Estate Vineyard 2005

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"Ehren Jordan {founding winemaker Turley} has handled this fickle varietal beautifully. His 2005 Viognier Alban Vineyard boasts notes of quince, crushed rocks, white flowers, and exotic tropical fruits in its well-defined aromatics. Dry, medium-bodied, and intensely fruity, this fresh, character-filled white can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years as it is atypically complex for a California Viognier. 91 points"

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Varietal: Viognier
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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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"Ehren Jordan {founding winemaker Turley} has handled this fickle varietal beautifully. His 2005 Viognier Alban Vineyard boasts notes of quince, crushed rocks, white flowers, and exotic tropical fruits in its well-defined aromatics. Dry, medium-bodied, and intensely fruity, this fresh, character-filled white can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years as it is atypically complex for a California Viognier. 91 points"

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