New Release from Failla!
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
This wonderful cool climate Pinot is crafted by Ehren Jordan, Turley’s winemaker, and is named after his wife “Failla” which he has been doing on his own for a few vintages now. The 2009 seems to be a breakthrough vintage and a stunning wine with amazingly pure flavors and elegance that highlight the year to perfection. Jordan has let the vintage and terroir speak in a clear way and paid tribute to his firm love of Burgundy in a fine and impressive fashion. The nose is focused with bright fruit, deep perfume of roses and violets with a hint of smoke and a cool mineral edge before a rich and balanced palate of black cherry, raspberry and plum fruits. Nice touches of earth, spice and subtle toasty oak shadings that leave a hint of vanilla, plus a fresh currant/strawberry note on the finish. This wine is vivid and alive with layers and interest, the best Failla to date, kudos to Ehren and his artisan touch. ($40 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive