2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1138889 92 points Vinous

 Failla's 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is wonderfully tense and vibrant, especially within the context of the vintage. Lemon oil and floral notes jump from the glass in a graceful, chiseled Chardonnay long on class. The Chardonnay is done in equal parts stainless steel, barrel and concrete egg.  (2/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tart with acidity but lush with fruit, this is a lovely Chardonnay to drink with shellfish dishes. Honeyed notes accompany flavors of tropical fruit, Meyer lemon and lime. Oak lends touches of vanilla and a creaminess that finishes clean.  (2/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast exhibits lots of pear, caramelized lemon and apple blossom notes in a medium-bodied, intense yet finesse style with good acidity, purity and texture. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. This is the personal project of Ehren Jordan, who was the long-time apprentice at Turley Cellars. These are all elegant, cool climate, finesse-styled wines that were obviously influenced by European rather than New World models. Jordan owns estate vineyards in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA and purchased fruit from some of the top growers in that region.  (12/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright lemon-yellow color. Expressive aromas of white peach, citrus fruit, flowers and chalk. Juicy and spicy but a bit hard-edged, with a citrus peel quality currently dominating the middle palate. Finishes classically dry and firm. Will this soften with time in bottle?  (6/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Builds intensity and depth in a medium-bodied style, with Asian pear, lychee, green apple and green citrus notes, maintaining juiciness through the finish. Drink now through 2019.  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

91 points, Richard Jennings of RJonWine.com: "Light yellow color; tart pear, apple nose; tasty, ripe pear, apple palate; medium-plus finish. 91+ points." (8/2013) From the winery: "In our ongoing quest for purity of expression we continue to shift toward more neutral élevage for this enjoy-it-young Chardonnay: splitting half of the fruit between concrete egg and stainless steel vessels. The remainder fermented and aged in French oak, only 15% new and barely perceptible in the finished wine's aromas of wet-stone, lime and oyster-shell. Malolactic fermentation provides a round, glycerin finish that balance the wine's vibrant mouth-watering acidity."

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2013 | Send Email
The 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay fruit comes from 1/3 Olivet Lane vineyard, 1/3 Keefer Ranch, and 1/3 Floodgate. This is a lifted style of Chardonnay with great apple and stone fruit notes with aromatic spice, great texture with juicy acid and minerality. The oak is well integrated using 50% barrel fermentation, 5% new, 25% concrete, and 25% stainless. Simply tremendous!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1