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Failla, 2014 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Estate Fort Ross-Seaview

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"The 2014 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is often marked by a distinctive phenolic quality, as it is again this year. The 2014 is an especially wild, powerful Chardonnay that reflects the marginal micro-climate of this coastal site, yet all the elements are impeccably balanced. Floral, savory and mineral notes are front and center, while the fruit is pushed back. I find much to admire in the wine's overall intensity and pedigree."
–Feb-16
Wine Spectator
Failla, 2014 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Estate Fort Ross-Seaview

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"Dusty, cedary oak is evident throughout, yet pairs well with the core of nectarine, pear and citrus shadings, ending with a pithy nectarine skin texture. Drink now. 327 cases made."
–Jun-16

Failla, 2014 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Estate Fort Ross-Seaview

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2014 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Estate Fort Ross-Seaview
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The grapes come from Failla's Gualala Ranch Estate property planted in 1998 and dry-farmed. Several miles east of the Pacific Ocean, this 90 acre parcel is planted to 11 acres of vineyards, just over 2 ½ to Chardonnay. The organically-farmed grapes from this extremely remote, western sub-appellation of Sonoma County are hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed and undergo native yeast fermentation in a combination of 35% concrete egg and 65% French oak (30% new, 30% second year, 40% third year). The wine is then aged sur-lie for 11 months. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered. (327 cases)

2014 Vintage
The 2014 Vintage while certainly the qualitative equal of 2012 and 2013, has a rather different tone. These wines are brooding, intense, elegant and deeply textural. They are wines of meditation and grace and will provide years of growing, fascinating complexity. An incredible reminder of how precious the relationships are, with their own vineyards and the vineyards they source from.

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