Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Failla (pronounced Fay-Lah) produced their first vintage as Failla-Jordan in 1998, the label taking its name from winemaker Ehren Jordan and partner and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. Shortened to Failla for the following vintages, it is very much done in an Old World style. Ehren's viticultural training in France greatly influences his farming and winemaking choices, so that their eleven acres of estate vineyards today produce Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir that capture the essence of California's coolest regions. Failla now boasts eight different bottlings of Chardonnay and three of Syrah as well as over half a dozen variations on the Pinot Noir theme.
Antonio Galloni reported in Vinous Media: "Ehren Jordan's 2014s are superb across the board. The wines are made in a mid-weight style that balances forward fruit with the aromatics and phenolics that these cooler sites tend to confer on their own. The Pinots see around 10-20% whole clusters, which is just enough to give them attractive top notes without being overt. Essentially, the Failla wines truly capture an ideal of what the often-overused term 'balance' is all about." (Feb 2016)