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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerFailla (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardEstate Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 23 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rousanne on 5/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 1hr and drank up to 1hr;
Delicate nose, dried strawberries, earthy with a hint of barnyard. Supple, silky wine with flavors of dried berry, dried strawberry, cedar, hints of sunburned raisins, thyme or tea, light tobacco, smooth lingering finish. (102 views)
 Tasted by IJC on 9/14/2014: Delicious.

Aromas of cinnamon, strawberry, and dark red fruit are immediately sensed; as the wine evolves in the glass, they become more intense. The color ranges from a deep burgundy to a garnet color that bleeds into a clear meniscus at the edge of the glass. The garnet is a visual parallel of the cinnamon note.

Bright, tart red fruit taste, with spicy undertones and a long finish. Drunk over a period of an hour, the flavors became fuller, richer, more nuanced. The tannins are extremely well integrated - this wine is drinking beautifully now, and it will be interesting to see how it matures.

Rated 2 on a scale of -1 to 3, I may later be inclined to elevate this to a 3. This is an extraordinary expression of Sonoma terroir, and a tribute to the restraint of the winemaker. (589 views)
 Tasted by sellerscellar on 9/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Man, what a difference time in the bottle has made for this wine. It is a much more integrated and balanced wine. Still a bit tight, but comes into its own after about 30-45 min. Bright red fruits, crisp acidity to keep it racy. Drink with a decant or hold for another 6-12 months. (1207 views)
 Tasted by jeagle on 7/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured and consumed over 3 hours. Perfumy nose of strawberry and flowers which for me was the wine's best asset. Strawberry and rhubarb flavors sitting atop decent structure simply struck me as textbook delicate. Good textbook, but in a vintage as strong as 2009 was across the board for pinot, I was expecting more intensity and breadth. (1264 views)
 Tasted by JSPuskar on 8/10/2012 & rated 93 points: We had this wine with salmon, and it was great. It had very enjoyable notes of bright fruit on the nose, and it was very smooth with strawberry and cocoa on the palate. We drank it over two days, and it was even better the next evening. (2030 views)
 Tasted by hammie1234 on 4/1/2012 & rated 91 points: Nice representation of a sanoma coast pinot. (2072 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 3/30/2012 & rated 91 points: This was my first time tasting a Failla wine, and I'm a big fan. Lovely Sonoma Coast aromas of sweet cherries, a hint of smoke, lavender, also some brambles. The palate shows silky tannins, bright fruit and an overall sense of focus and balance that is really attractive. Rich cherries and just a bit of mocha on the finish. Lovely stuff. I ordered this at Ripple in DC and it went really well with a pork tenderloin. (1745 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 2/28/2012 & rated 90 points: Loved the wine; flavorful and full of life. The guy who rated this wine a 78 must have had a flawed bottle.....and his score should be removed because it's so obviously distorted and inconsistent. (1381 views)
 Tasted by pgb67 on 1/26/2012 & rated 92 points: Always have been a fan of Failla and its forward but not overripe wines. This one is still tannic and young, but forward enough to enjoy now. Aromatic profile of raspberries, summer cherries and tea with flavors of savory cherry and lavender. (1453 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 12/29/2011 & rated 92 points: Wow...what a disconnect....I'm not sure where the previous two reviewers were coming from ... But I loved this wine. Nice nose, deep purple color, and very flavorful....this is an excellent pinot. (1252 views)
 Tasted by sellerscellar on 12/16/2011 & rated 85 points: Hopefully this wine is just too young to enjoy right now. I am usually a HUGE fan of Ehren's wines, but this bottling is not up to their normally high standards. I'm not going to touch my remaining bottle for at least a year. (1216 views)
 Tasted by JLL on 8/29/2011 & rated 78 points: Bought 6 of these today at spec's after many wonderful bottles of the keefer last week in Austin. Upon pouring into the decanter, Uh oh, Brett? Cork was perfect, fruit was showing, but a band aid muskiness was prevalent on the nose and palate which overwhelmed the positives of this wine. YThought perhaps that I was off and gave it several more hours. Did not improve, consistent with Richard Jennings' note. Will return remaining 5 tomorrow. Very disappointing (1497 views)

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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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