Stephen Tanzer
Failla, 2010 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

"(a blend of younger-vines juice): Good dark red. Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, game, earth and violet, with hints of cigar and game. Juicy, savory black fruit flavors are nicely expressive but on the lean side. Finishes with a dusting of tannins and good length. Like most of these pinots, this is just under 14% alcohol. 89"
–May 2012

Failla, 2010 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Failla, 2010 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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2010 Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

A product of the same kid-glove winemaking as our vineyard designated pinots, the 2010 Sonoma Coast is aged in French oak, about 20% new. Fermentation took place in small open top fermenters. Each lot was fermented separately with its own natural yeast followed by secondary fermentation with its own natu-ral malolactic bacteria. Following pressing the lots were aged individually on their gross lees for 11 months, then racked and blended just several days before bottling. The resulting wine was bottled unfiltered.

Vineyard / History:
As an introduction to the Failla line-up the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir gives the drinker a benchmark understanding of the wines we strive to craft. Another banner year for this blend, we added a new site meeting Ehren’s high standard of quality; the Floodgate Vineyard. This vineyard is an organically farmed parcel just north of River Road in the heart of the Russian River. The balance of the blend is from the young-vine blocks in many of our single vineyard Sonoma Coast appella-tion sources. While 2009 was the structured vintage, 2010 is an elegant low alcohol vintage showcasing cool tones of Pinot Noir and ele-gant tannins.

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