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2012 Failla "Fort Ross-Seaview Estate" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1157067 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark One of the standouts in this range, the 2012 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is endowed with striking minerality and energy to match the pure depth of the fruit. This is a distinctly broad, yet implosive Chardonnay typical of the coast that needs time for the flavors to fully flesh out. Failla's Estate vineyard is planted with a combination of Hyde, Wente and Mount Eden clones. Inner quote mark (2/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Pale, bright lemon-yellow with a green tinge. Pear, apricot, peach, green melon and a whiff of licorice on the complex nose, along with a suggestion of exotic fruits. Fat, sweet and nicely ripe but with good sappy verve to the peach and pear flavors. Finishes classically dry and a bit tannic, with a note of green tropical fruits. Inner quote mark (6/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Lots of purity, with acidity and stony minerality providing earthy balance to the lemon, lime and mango fruit flavors. Thoroughly dry, it’s a classy wine to drink now. Inner quote mark (6/2014)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Dry-farming, steep slopes, rocky soils, and cool-temperatures all conspire to restrict yields and deliver intense complex fruit. These grapes were whole-cluster pressed directly into a combination of French oak barrels, 1/3 new, and a concrete egg fermenter. Mouthwatering aromas of grapefruit zest, green apple skin and pineapple core are woven throughout with classic wet stone minerality. Great grip and texture on the palate for a viscous tropical-fruit mouthfeel balanced with crisp acidity."

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