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Failla Wines

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Pronounced "FAY-la", ours comes from the Italian island of Sicily, a melting pot of southern Europeans, so it's often mistaken for Spanish or French heritage. Since we launched our website, dozens of Failla's have joined our mailing list, many during searches for ancestors and long-lost family members. Few can resist the discovery of an eponymously-named wine.
Calistoga, CA
Phone: (707) 942-4699
Website: http://www.faillawines.com
Appellation: Alexander Valley
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2005 Chardonnay
Keefer Ranch, Russian River Valley

Ripe by October 5th, the fruit was whole-cluster pressed into French oak barrels, only one-third of which were new for a lean French-style Chardonnay. The wine’s long slow fermenta ... moretion produced complex aroma combinations of caramel, citrus, green apple and wet stones, the last a classic hallmark of Chablis. Malolactic fermentation balances the wine’s crisp mouth-watering acidity for a lingering finish. This well-structured Chardonnay should still drink well in 4-6 years.
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2005 Pinot Noir
Occidental Ridge, Sonoma Coast

Harvested in two passes, on the 21st and 27th of September, the fruit is treated to the same “by-hand” regimen as our other Pinots, destemming into open-topped fermenters for daily ... more punch-downs, the most gentle means of flavor and tannin extraction. French oak barrels, one-third new, receive the fermented wine for a full-year of aging. The resulting concentrated nose invites time and attention. Big explosive aromas of red stone fruit and berries like frais de bois give way to subtle wafts of smoke and rose petals. Solid yet smooth tannins create a rich mouthfeel redolent of exotic tea. This powerful pinot should age well for up to 12 years.
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2005 Pinot Noir
Hirsch Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

We picked this fruit on the 5th and 6th of October, first the Pommard clone then the Mt. Eden. As always, we destemmed the fruit into open-topped fermenters where it was handled ge ... morently with daily manual punch-downs. We then aged the wine in all French oak barrels, one-third of which were new. The dramatic nose is marked by aromas of deep black-fruit liqueur, pomegranate and floral notes. Its dense, rich mouthfeel belays supple tannins that encourage drinking now but also offer structure enough to support cellaring for 7-10 years.
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2005 Estate Syrah
Sonoma Coast

After the fruit was picked on October 27th, 80% was added to open-topped vessels as whole clusters and the rest destemmed, then treated to daily punch-downs throughout fermentation ... more before aging in 40% new French oak. Resting sur-lee until bottling imparts the Estate Syrah with the classic Northern Rhône aroma of black pepper which heads the parade of exotic Silk Road spices, violets and graphite in the nose. Chewy fine-grained tannins create rich palette presence that benefits from decanting. Expect this Syrah to cellar well for 10-15 years.

Updated on June 28, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Failla Wines at http://www.faillawines.com or calling (707) 942-4699 to verify the winery's location.

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