“Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets.” Robert Parker.
Owned by Ehren Jordan and his wife Anne-Marie Failla the wines of this small but great estate send shivers down our backs with excitement. . “We’ll never be a massive winery because we’re esoteric in the sense that we make all these single vineyard wines” EJ. We cannot enthuse enough about these wines. They are both terroir driven and philosophically driven and wines are all about the pursuit of excellence.
Ehren Jordan is simply an inspired winemaker whose relentless ambition is to craft wines that enthral, intrigue but most importantly delight. Based in the Sonoma County he also has a project in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. His Obsessive hands-on farming practices and minimalist hands-off winemaking allow site, variety, and vintage to be the true navigator of each expression.
“Ehren creates wines with several philosophies in mind; one is to make wines that make you salivate upon the first taste and another is to source from cold climate vineyards which tend to have strong marine influences. These types of wines have lively acidity and are not robust fruit driven wines. As a result they tend to pair very well with food. Failla’s wines are typically un-fined and unfiltered for maximum colour and flavour and fermentation is done using indigenous yeast. The Chardonnays tend to go through malolactic fermentation. The reds see a varying amount stems including during fermentation based on the quality/ripeness of the fruit and the varieties.”Napa Valley Project.
Martin Moran in the Sunday Times features the Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 as Wine of the Week 24th May 2020 “..gorgeous aromas of peach, nut, lime, camomile backed by an oyster-shell-like minerality”93 points.
John Wilson features the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018 as Wine of the Week in the Irish Times 27th June 2020“A very seductive ripe Pinot Noir with elegant sweet dark cherry fruits and cassis. Smooth and rounded, this slips down all too easily. Light enough to drink alongside salmon or tuna but rich enough to match with grilled chicken or duck”