Failla, 2015 Failla Chardonnay Haynes Coombsville

"The 2015 Chardonnay Haynes Vineyard, from a site in Coombsville, is superb. Deep, pliant and flavorful, but not at all heavy, the 2015 is full of personality. All things considered, the Haynes is a remarkably fresh, nuanced Chardonnay in a year that tended towards heaviness. Ripe orchard fruit, chamomile and dried flowers meld into the inviting, textured finish. Judging by the wine's freshness, Ehren Jordan picked this fruit on the early side. That seems to have been a spot on decision."

Failla, 2015 Failla Chardonnay Haynes Coombsville

Failla, 2015 Failla Chardonnay Haynes Coombsville

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2015 Failla Chardonnay Haynes Coombsville

Haynes Vineyard is one of Failla's two oldies but goldies in the lineup, with the vines going back to a 1966 planting by Pat & Duncan Haynes. Originally cattle grazing land, the Haynes’ decided to plant grapes there to make the land profitable. Over 40 acres in a cool pocket of otherwise warm Napa, the vineyard rests in the shadow of Mount George on clay and volcanic ash.

The 2015 Vintage was, on average, 30% smaller than previous year’s harvests. The fruit that was received, while not nearly as large as previous years, was certainly some of the best looking. Fruit cluster morphology – sturdy, small, tight clusters.

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