2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The least expensive red is the 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, which offers soft, round berry fruit, pomegranate, plum and spice notes, a seductive, medium-bodied mouthfeel and decent acidity. Made from younger vines from numerous sources, it is a pretty Pinot to drink 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. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(Jordan bottled his Sonoma Coast pinot and chardonnay last June, and the rest of his 2012s in August and September; just 15% new oak): Medium red. Slightly high-toned aromas of cranberry, cherry and licorice. Spicy and intense, with good lift and sap to the red berry flavors. Good brisk, persistent, varietally expressive pinot. Jordan produced 2,000 cases of this blend.
This is a fine Pinot for drinking now. It’s dry and brisk with coastal acidity, firm tannins and elaborate raspberry, cherry and persimmon flavors, touched by sweet, smoky oak.
Sipping at the heels of Failla's spring 2013 release of the 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, here comes the 2012. This blend is a product of the younger vines of winemaker Ehren Jordan's Sonoma Coast vineyards.