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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011
Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 121783)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#49 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

This is the second vintage in which 20% of Failla's young-vine Chardonnay blend was fermented and aged in concrete egg vessels. The remainder fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak, only 15% new and barely perceptible in the finished wine's flinty nose balanced with citrusy scents of grapefruit and lime filled out with a hint of jasmine and oyster-shell. The textural contributions of the concrete-fermented lots nicely balance the wine's vibrant mouth-watering acidity.

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About Failla:

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.