2011FaillaPN2011 Failla, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.
Ehren Jordan’s Failla label has steadily gathered momentum over the last few years and after leaving Turley Cellars his focus and passion in his own label seems sharper and the wines have reached another level, putting him up their with the top echelon of Pinot Noir artisans. Though he produces fantastic Syrah and Chardonnay, it really is all about Pinot Noir and his 2011 vintage looks to cement his place, after crafting a set of beauties from what was a very difficult year, especially his entry level Sonoma Coast bottling which after a bit of bottle age is really showing well and offers amazing detail and quality for the money. The 2011 Failla Sonoma Coast shines from the first whiff to the lingering finish with fine balance and verve, the nose has hints of cranberry, smoke, rose petals and tea spices which leads to a tasty palate of tangy cherry, raspberry, plum and red fleshy peach while hints of loamy earth, cedary spice and salty minerals add to the whole. The subtle wood and vibrant acidity never intrude, but add elegance and drive in this well crafted Pinot Noir. Lingering strawberry and dried currants add the the charm and while drinking super now, it should gain with another year in bottle and go another 5-8 years, giving plenty of pleasure along the way.
($44 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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