Founded in 1998, Failla is a project by winemaker Ehren Jordan and his wife Anne-Marie Failla that is dedicated to sourcing cool climate fruit from the coastal areas of California and making wine using traditional Burgundian methods. Ehren debuted in the California wine industry in 1994, followed by a sojourn to Burgundy. After years of making wines for both Neyers Vineyards and Turley Wine Cellars, Ehren decided to start his own business.

In 2004, he purchased 10 acres of land on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley that included a vintage yellow farm house and stone winery dating back to the 1800s. In addition to renovating the existing facility, the team built a state-of-the-art bi-level wine cave that's nearly 12,000 square foot and features a concrete egg fermentation room and gravity flow equipment. 

"Simply put, Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets." - Antonio Galloni, July 2013.

REGION California
APPELLATION(S) Anderson Valley, Coombsville, Los Carneros , Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast
PROPRIETORS Ehren Jordan & Anne-Marie Failla
WINEMAKER Ehren Jordan

Ehren’s viticultural training in France has forever infused his hands-on farming practices and his minimalist hands-off winemaking choices, ideals that have allowed him to coax out the various incarnations of his favorite varieties from different climates, soil types, and rootstocks. Inspired by Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, Ehren has molded relationships with great farmers and added to his estate holdings and plantings (30 acres) to produce bottlings that capture the essence of California's finest regions.

Estate Vineyard - Fort Ross-Sea View - At 1000 feet in a remote, western sub-appellation of Sonoma County, this vineyard has been farmed organically since the start. In the fall, they choose to use compost and oyster-shell lime, to hand hoe weeds and to plant nitrogen-fixing cover-crops. Vines are dry farmed as a result of being off the power grid and located near natural springs (meaning water is muscled hundreds of vertical feet uphill by solar power and metered out). 

Hirsch Vineyard - Sonoma Coast - David Hirsch established the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine at 1500 feet in elevation. Vintage after vintage, efforts have been placed on growing fruit with profound characteristics of that site.

Chuy Vineyard - Sonoma Valley - Named after Vineyard Manager Jesus "Chuy" Ordaz, this vineyard produces some of the most complex, layered Chardonnay in the lineup sitting at 1000 feet. Yields from this site feature tiny berries mixed in with large ones (known affectionately as "hens and chicks"), courtesy of the Shot-Wente clone of Chardonnay.

Peay Vineyard - Sonoma Coast - Nestled on top of a foggy ridge line amid the ever-winding roads near Annapolis, this vineyard fits the definition of 'extreme farming'. A marginal site at best, the vineyard's sandstone soils contribute to naturally low fertility and the potential for grapes of truly superior expression. 

Occidental Ridge Vineyard - Sonoma Coast - This vineyard has been owned by Richard and Darla Radcliffe since 2004. “If one can accept that there is ‘the wild’ of the true Sonoma Coast, out to our west, and ‘the mild’ of the central Russian River viticultural areas, we are right between the two. Our vineyard seems to express the best of both worlds.” – Richard Radcliffe.

Pearlessence Vineyard - Sonoma Coast - Greg and Linda Pearl farm 2 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc.

Keefer Ranch Vineyard – Russian River Valley - Lying in the southwestern part of the Green Valley, this land has intense morning fog and sandy Goldridge series soils, a combination that provides balanced water, nutrition and sunlight, which results in quality wines. 

Savoy Vineyard – Anderson Valley - This vineyard has a diversity of soil types. The knolls are generally composed of sandy loams weathered from sandstone with moderate moisture holding capacity and moderate to very low vigor. The alluvial terraces are more darkly colored loams underlain with clay loams. The higher clay content of these terraces means higher moisture holding capacity and moderate vigor. Some areas within the terraces may soon be dry farmed.

Failla also sources Chardonnay and Syrah from venerable Napa locations such as the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros and the Haynes Vineyard in Coombsville. More recently, they headed North, adding a single vineyard wine sourced from the highly acclaimed and Seven Springs Vineyard in Oregon's Eola-Amity AVA. 

"Syrah Grande"
The World Of Fine Wine
- Dominic Fenton, 2014-07-10