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| ||Tasted by cns on 7/8/2014 & rated 88 points: A little too much fruit and not enough acidity ... (606 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mark H. LeQuire on 6/2/2013 & rated 92 points: Last of our three bottles. Consistently tasted well. This one, no flaws, no sediment, no rim variation. Classic pinot nose with sweet berry flavors. No tannin. Low to medium alcohol. Short to medium finish. Beautiful work Failla. Very drinkable. A lot of cellar life left in this one. (1048 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lobonick on 9/24/2011 & rated 84 points: This is a pinot noir that compares to Burgundy the way an Australian Shiraz compares back to the Northern Rhone. It works a lot better with Shiraz/Syrah. This wine is cloudy and dark and sweet. Too sweet. Ripe and juicy plum. Just doesn't seem to sit right on a pinot. (1673 views)|
| ||Tasted by RJandGB on 5/19/2010 & rated 85 points: Deep ruby red color with great berry flavors and lots of structure. It was nicely balanced in tannins and fruit - quite Rhone like in style. We served this with a smoky pork shoulder that had been braised in a tomatoe based sauce over noodles. It was a great pairing. We kept the rest in our Euro Cave and oddly on the next day it tasted very off. (1746 views)|
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2006 Failla Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard (100 cases produced)
This inaugural vintage, from the vineyard’s sixth leaf, was harvested the first week of September; our elevation above the fog and distance from the coast give us earlier ripening than Hirsch or Occidental Ridge. Handling the Estate in the same kid-glove manner as our other Pinot Noirs, Ehren aged the wine in 50% new French oak barrels. The resulting aromatics are the most exotic of the release: cassis, cola and toasty baking spices. Present but sweet, well-integrated tannins offer a full-bodied juicy mouthfeel. This inherent structure will allow the wine to continue to develop in the cellar for up to 10-12 yearshttp://www.faillawines.com/newsletter.ht
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
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