2011 Failla "Fort Ross-Seaview Estate" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Shows the estate vineyard's signature in the moderate alcohol, sleek, streamlined mouthfeel, bright acidity and intensity of flavor. It’s laser-like in lime, mango, honey and vanilla, with minerally overtones that taste of the earth. Drink now, as it is very fine and delicious.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deceptively medium in body, the 2011 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard stands out for its big, broad-shouldered frame. The aromas and flavors are very much on the citrus, white flower end of the spectrum, but the overall impression is of a white with the structure of a red wine, much in the way the same can be said of some white Cortons in Burgundy. A round, finely textured finish rounds things out nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(Fort Ross-Seaview is a new appellation within the Sonoma Coast area): Bright lemon-yellow. Perfumed aromas of lemon, yellow peach, dusty herbs, menthol, ginger and clove. Then ripe and rich in the mouth, offering more texture than the preceding examples along with a strong note of bay laurel. Finishes broad and very dry.