A Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with Wild Herb and Fruit AromasPassionate winemaker Ehren Jordan founded Failla Wines in 1998, after working stints at Neyer Vineyards in Napa Valley, Turley Wine Cellars on the Sonoma Coast and at Jon Luc Columbo in France's Rhone Valley. In the same year, Failla Wines released the first wines under its label: an Edna Valley Viognier and a Syrah from the Sonoma Coast. These wines were elaborated using fruit sourced from local winegrowers. One year later, Failla began its Pinot Noir program with grapes purchased from Keefer Ranch Vineyard. Eventually, this project grew, and came to involve several winegrowers, including Hirsch Vineyard, Occidental Ridge and Whistler Vineyard. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 by Failla is made from a blend of fruit sourced from select vineyards around the Sonoma Coast AVA, representing the mature vines and foggy, cool climate characterizing this area. Around 30% of the wine is estate grown and farmed. This wine underwent alcoholic fermentation with 20% whole clusters, using only native yeasts. Maturation took place 15% in new and 85% neutral French oak barrels. The wine was neither fined nor filtered before bottling.
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 from Failla is a single-varietal Pinot Noir wine, expressing plenty of wild herb and brambly fruit fragrances. On the nose, this wine is very bright and focused, offering clean aromas, including fresh blueberries, marmalade and oregano. On the palate, the wine is very gentle in structure and sleek, the perfect pairing with a wide range of dishes.