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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerFailla (web)
VineyardEstate Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationFort Ross - Seaview

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 7 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Tarpon222 on 11/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Crisp, light, minerally. Nice wine. (208 views)
 Tasted by bigredPA on 8/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Love this. When I want a Chard, this is it. Soft & supple, balanced, not over-oaked, with aromas and flavors of tropical fruit & mineral, a little lemon; just a hint of butter on the palate. Very nice finish. (323 views)
 Tasted by tjib13 on 8/8/2014: this bottle showed best on the 2nd day. allow for some time open before consumption. with air the fruit and roundness showed up to balance the stern minerality. (400 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 5/12/2014 & rated 90 points: I enjoyed. citrus and lemon nose. buttery finish a little creamy even... (411 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 2/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Opened about 1 hour prior to consumption, but no decant. Nose is light in nature with very little wood and some minerality. If you don't care for big oaky chard, then this should be right up your alley. The color is relatively light. This was my first Failla Chard and I liked it. (584 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 10/23/2013 & rated 89 points: At Scott T after team meeting. First experience with this wine.

Lean/light style. not as distinct as the Hanzell we drank next to it. Nice minerality, citrus flavors. (548 views)
 Tasted by tjib13 on 7/13/2013: lean, light stone fruits, mineral driven, light toast. seems like it needs a little time to open up. very nice style. (518 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma and Beyond: New Releases (Feb 2014)
(Failla Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013)
(Failla Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168
(Failla Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview Sonoma Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
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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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Fort Ross - Seaview

The 27,500-acre Fort Ross-Seaview American viticultural area is located in the western part of Sonoma County, California contains 18 commercial vineyards on 506 acres, lies close to the Pacific Ocean and is about 65 miles north-northwest of San Francisco. It lies entirely within the Sonoma Coast viticultural area and does not overlap, or otherwise affect, any other viticultural areas.

Vineyards within this area are generally located on rounded ridges with summits extending above 1,200 feet consisting of steep, mountainous terrain made up of canyons, narrow valleys, ridges, and 800- to 1,800-foot peaks. Areas above 900 feet in elevation, the climate is influenced by longer periods of sunlight and is warmer than that in the surrounding land below.

The soils consist of Goldridge, Yorkville, Boomer, Sobrante, Laughlin, and many other soils within the Fort Ross-Seaview viticultural area. Hugo soils are common and are well drained, very gravelly loams derived from sandstone and shale

The most common varietals in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Other varietal are Pinotage, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, Syrah, and small acreage of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.

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