Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Failla's estate vineyard is dry-farmed and tightly-spaced, conditions that raise a hardy plant that sets concentrated fruit. The 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir presents a melange of exotic aromatics featuring rose petals, berry pie, orange peel, black tea, flint and balsam. A bright expansive palate of gorgeous deep red fruit will pair brilliantly with autumn menus of roasted game birds and caramelized squashes. Age-worthy, ripe well-integrated tannins make this a wine to enjoy for 7-10 years.
Wine Enthusiast - "It's hard to believe that this fabulous Pinot is Failla's least expensive selection; what a great indication of his 2011s yet to come and of the vintage in general. It's bone dry and rich in raspberry flavor, with brisk acidity, firm minerality and a perfectly applied jacket of smoky oak. Elegant, pure and savory, it’s just beautiful to drink now. Editors' Choice."
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
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
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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1 rating, 1 with reviewScott @Key&Swirl - Elk Grove, CA412/14/2014
A ridiculously lovely cherry start. Secondary cocoa notes provide a lovely depth to the nose. Smells crisp and balanced. Jumps to the center of your mouth to dance and it gets there quickly. I think it's made that way. The playful acidity doesn't last long. Shifts gears on the rear palate. Definitely my favorite part. A tart cranberry emerges as the acids dissolve and a wonderful decrescendo commences. So lovely. www.keyandswirl.comRelated ProductsSonoma Coast is becoming one of the most sought after Pinot Noir appellations in California. The 2011 Sonoma Coast bottling ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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