Jeb Dunnuck 92
"From the team at Failla, the 2017 Zinfandel looks to be one heck of a base appellation blend, offering loads of plums, black raspberries, spice, and classic cedar notes. This medium to full-bodied, rounded, charming barrel sample is going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet keep for a decade."
With experience making Zinfandel dating back to the 1990’s, Ehren Jordan is a true vigneron, with decades of experience in cellars and vineyards all over the world. His obsessive hands-on farming practices and minimalist hands-off winemaking approach come through in every bottle- allowing site, variety and vintage to shine through.
Ehren Jordan Wine Cellars is a new opportunity for Ehren to engage with grape varieties presently unexplored by his work under the Failla label.
Ehren’s first release, DAY, allows him to revisit a passion for Zinfandel last explored – to critical acclaim – as the winemaker of Turley. Alongside his elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Ehren’s DAY Zinfandel is a celebration of restraint and balance, time and place. And like Failla, DAY is largely committed to working with various vineyard-partners in Sonoma County – a region he did not frequent as winemaker at Turley. In this way, DAY is the coalescence of decades of experience and the study of once-disparate passions: Zinfandel and Sonoma
Further, with the purchase of a St. Helena apple orchard in 2004, Ehren Jordan set aside for himself a canvas for an estate Zinfandel vineyard. In 2011, these iron-rich volcanic soils saw their first plantings of Zinfandel, and today the DAY estate vineyard boasts 1,300 dry-farmed, organic vines on 4 acres.
DAY is a return to Ehren’s roots – and California’s, too, as he explores the history of this iconic variety and how it flourishes today.
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Turley Wine Cellars was founded in Napa Valley by Larry Turley in 1993. Because Larry has never met an old vine vineyard he didn't like, Turley now makes 34 separate wines from 38 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800s. Often weak and decaying, these old vine vineyards require extra care and attention in order to restore them to their former glory. After twenty-five years as an emergency room physician, Larry can now focus his resuscitative skills on the various old vineyards that comprise the wines he loves. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and only natural yeasts are used in the fermentations. By focusing on old vine Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California's unique winemaking culture.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic