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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Failla Valley Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2009
Failla Valley Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 110974)
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $47.49

Winemaker's Notes:

#14 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

As always, the fruit was destemmed into open-topped fermenters, punched down twice-a-day during fermentation, and aged sur-lie in French oak barrels, one-third of which were new. Epitomizing the Russian River Valley "terroir", the '09 Keefer offers archetypal pinot aromas of sour cherry, sous-bois, and glove leather with jammy undertones. Velvety texture and juicy fruit belie the structure of this wine's spicy, present tannins. Will age well for 7-10 years.

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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.