Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2004
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
The classic Burgundian aromas of black cherry and baking spices are joined by an intense nose of roses. The lush mouth feel and mid-palette sweetness testify to the rich, round food-friendly tannins.
Wine & Spirits - "Ehren Jordan, the winemaker at Turley and Neyers, purchases fruit for his own label from this vineyard in the Green Valley. The wine catches that pinot noir sweetspot in its roundness and generous weight, while maintaining a direct, spicy lift from start to finish. Its cool, luscious tree fruit flavors taste clean and pure. A versatile, elegant red, whether you're serving fish in a red wine sauce or rare roast beef."
The Wine Advocate - "Ehren Jordan's Burgundian-styled Pinot Noirs include the 2004 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch. Its medium ruby color is accompanied by sweet cherry and pomegranate aromas, terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a long, spicy finish. Clearly premier cru Cote de Beaune-like in its orientation..."
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. View all Failla Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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