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2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1134867 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Fragrant and feminine on the nose, then finishes with firm but friable tannin. Youthful fruit with good concentration – will age well. (RH) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (3/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (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. Inner quote mark (6/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2014)

K&L Notes

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.


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By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2013 | Send Email
The 2012 Failla Pinot is full of super concentrated crunchy red fruits, bursting with pretty and sweet aromatics exploding with flavor on the palate. Tons of juicy acid, great structure, only sees 5% new oak, unfined and unfiltered. Erin's wine-making philosophy is simple, using native yeasts, picking fruit by PH not necessarily by brix levels, never adding water and acid like some who pick too ripe. He also practices natural Malolactic never inoculating, letting the wines do their own magic and really speak for themselves.

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