Wine Spectator
Failla, 2012 Failla Chardonnay 'Chuy' Sonoma Valley

"Beautifully crafted, rich and creamy, with depth, finesse and grace. The core of white peach, nectarine, ginger and honeydew melon shows a spicy, toasty oak accent. Glides and sails along on the finish"
–July 2015
Vinous Media
Failla, 2012 Failla Chardonnay 'Chuy' Sonoma Valley

"The 2012 Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard emerges from a parcel of vines planted in 1964 on St. George rootstock. Deep, powerful and intense to the core, the 2012 Chuy displays considerable power and intensity. Ferrous notes and unbridled power from this hillside site rich in volcanic soils come together to give the Chuy distinctly red wine-like structure and weight. This is a hugely intriguing Chardonnay from Failla and Ehren Jordan."
–Feb 2014
Stephen Tanzer
Failla, 2012 Failla Chardonnay 'Chuy' Sonoma Valley

"(from a 1964 planting at an altitude of 1,400 feet on soil rich in iron oxide, according to Ehren Jordan): Bright yellow. Highly perfumed, slightly exotic nose offers scents of apricot, quince, peach oil and vanilla. Supple and thick on entry, then a bit more aggressive and less complex in the mid-palate than the Estate bottling. Just a hint of alcoholic warmth on the back end."
–June 2014
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2012 Failla Chardonnay 'Chuy' Sonoma Valley

The Chuy Chardonnay is named after the vineyard manager Jesus "Chuy" Ordaz. The 50-year-old site is planted on steep slopes that rise high above Sonoma Valley and represents one of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in the US. All vines are head-trained and dry-farmed (rare for Chardonnay). The original vines on St. George rootstock are grafted to old-Wente selection creating what Failla calls their "throw-back" Chardonnay.

Ehren distinguishes this vineyard site by fermenting and aging a quarter of the wine in a uniquely designated concrete-egg, while the remainder lies sur lie in primarily neutral French oak. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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