Failla 'Keefer Ranch' Chardonnay 2013
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Item Number: 20220
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Item Number: 20220
Vinous Media 92
" The 2013 Chardonnay Keefer Ranch is supple, immediate and quite forward. Peach, apricot, mint, honey and wild flowers jump from the glass in an up-front Chardonnay with plenty of Russian River generosity. The Keefer is a bit less complex than some of the other Chardonnays in the range, but it more than makes up for that with its considerable raciness and near term appeal. This is a fascinating set of wines from Failla and Ehren Jordan. With this many selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, what comes across is an excellent representation of the year. The 2013 Chardonnays are fabulous, while the Pinots and Syrahs are more uneven in terms of quality. The best Pinots and Syrahs in the range offer gorgeous texture and fine overall balance, but some of the wines come across as a bit light and faded. I tasted the 2013 reds twice, with consistent results. Of course, the wines had been bottled for only a short time, so that could be a factor as well. Time will tell. (1/2015)"
Founded in 1998, Failla is the project of winemaker Ehren Jordan and his wife Anne-Marie Failla. Failla is dedicated to sourcing cool climate fruit from the coastal areas of California and making wine using traditional Burgundian methods. Ehren began his debut in the California wine industry in 1994, followed by a sojourn to Burgundy. Upon his return and after many years of making wines for both Neyers Vineyards and Turley Wine Cellars, Ehren decided to lay down his own bricks and mortar. During 2004, 10 acres of land were purchased on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley, complete with a vintage yellow farm house and stone winery dating back to the 1800s. The parcel bares a 5 acre apple orchard destined to be replaced by vines. In addition to renovating the existing facility, a nearly 12,000 square foot, bi-level fermentation room featuring gravity-flow wine movement is underway.
"Simply put, Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets." - Antonio Galloni, July 2013.
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