Vineyard: Failla Estate

OwnersAnn-Maria Failla, Ehren Jordan
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryWorking for Helen in her Marcassin Vineyard, Ehren spent a year exploring the area and eventually acquired a 40-acre parcel on the Gualala Ranch with five plantable acres. The vineyard shares a small region with Marcassin, Flowers, Hirsch, Martinelli, and Peter Michael. First marketable vintage in 2001. A second adjoining parcel was acquired and planted in 2002 with six different Pinot Noir selections. The first meager yields were in 2006. Both parcels are organically farmed.
Dates Planted1998, 2002
LocationMinimum elevations of 1000 feet (above the fog line) and 1-3 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean as the crow flies. Located in the new Seaview-Fort Ross appellation to distinguish it as a unique area in the Sonoma Coast.
AspectSurrounded by madronas. douglas firs, redwoods and giant oak trees.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah
Trellis SpacingTight spacing
ManagersEhren Jordan

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2011 Failla Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.45% alc., pH 3.85, TA 0.55. Southeast aspect, clones 777, Swan and Calera, 101.14 rootstock, Franciscan Complex soil. Average Brix 23.5º, 20% whole cluster, aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep, dark fruit is the theme on the nose and palate. Juicy, with good acidity, balanced tannins and a generous finish. Picks up a spicy, savory bent over time. Reviewed August 14, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »