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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 7 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2012 vintage.)
ProducerFailla (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardEstate Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationFort Ross - Seaview
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 40 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 1/3/2015 & rated 90 points: Sour cherry, sage and wild berry on the nose; sour black cherry dominates the palate. Some of the same characteristics as more expensive Sonoma Coast luminaries (K-B, Hirsch), but lacks their depth and complexity. Good QPR. (402 views)
 Tasted by ArizonaWineGuy on 11/20/2014 & rated 88 points: Very pleasant wine, a good deal of fruit present. Nothing overly complex, but a good crowd pleaser. (529 views)
 Tasted by wendyinwlv on 9/7/2014 & rated 90 points: Very nice, smooth cherry flavors. Went well with the Mediterranean food we had (711 views)
 Tasted by Stockhausen on 4/23/2014 & rated 81 points: Nice enough. Bright fruits, low tannin, higher acid than most pinots we like. (1007 views)
 Tasted by unrelenting on 3/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Highly-structured for Central Coast Pinot. hedonistic, Sea Smoke-like. Top notch (1005 views)
 Tasted by jon_goodman1 on 1/4/2014 & rated 92 points: great balance. Nice balance of acid and good fruits. Could drink now or in 1-2 years. Glad i have more in the cellar (1003 views)
 Tasted by Redrunners on 1/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Solid pinot - but not as good as 2009 fort Ross I had last year.

Solid fruit, but a little monolithic and lacking in complexity - cherry, cola, vanilla and spice. (832 views)
 Tasted by tbyun on 1/1/2014 & rated 86 points: @ saison. clean, medium body, easy to drink, fruity (410 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 8/3/2013 & rated 93 points: Medium dark ruby color; focused, ripe black cherry, blackberry, black currant nose; tasty, ripe black cherry, tart blackberry, violets palate; could use 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 93+ points (426 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/26/2013: IPNC Seminars (McMinnville OR): Tasting. Forward red cherry aromas and flavors. Slightly fat on palate. Slight sweet spice on nose, less so on palate. Good fruit, slightly flabby on finish, so best to drink young. (998 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 5/26/2013 & rated 90 points: Bright cherry fruit, with a sleek, silky, texture. (1325 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 5/10/2013 & rated 93 points: Given notes below opened a few hours before dinner but did not decant. Baking spice, cherry, pumpkin spice on the nose. On palate, cherry, black cherry, tart cherry, and mineral with touch of earthiness - medium body, high acidity & very long finish - reminds me of a 1er Cru Burgundy from a warm vintage - my favorite Pinot of the week. 93+ Would buy again - (1029 views)
 Tasted by ArizonaWineGuy on 5/4/2013 & rated 89 points: Young, a bit tight, but has tremendous potential. Needs to age at least another two years before pulling the cork again. (843 views)
 Tasted by vinovin on 4/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Bern's weekend. Pinot opened up after about 30 minutes. Nice fruit and long finish. (900 views)
 Tasted by Brsed on 3/29/2013 & rated 87 points: Purchased in Aviara on vacation. Loads of sour cherry. Normally, I really like fruit forward wine but I Thought this was a monolithic without much complexity. Enjoyable and good for what it is but I wouldn't buy multiples. (971 views)
 Tasted by defnefferson on 3/10/2013 & rated 91 points: Really well-balanced bottle of pinot noir with moderate complexity, good acidity, and nice red fruit flavors. (827 views)
 Tasted by wineo11 on 3/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Good wine. Decanted for an hour and it opened up very nicely. Great QPR wine. Would buy again. (704 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 3/2/2013 & rated 91 points: World Of Pinot Noir Grand Tasting- 3/2; 3/2/2013-3/4/2013 (Shell Beach, CA): Notes of pine-forest, tea, earth, and fig/cherry red fruit. Richly balanced and fine & elegant throughout. Lingering finish. Very nice. (1174 views)
 Tasted by vinovin on 2/16/2013 & rated 88 points: Very disappointed- normally killer juice. Perhaps it did not open or it just did not hold up to the first pinot = Clemens. Heavier body and the fruit was not present or lengthy. Not wife's favorite tonite. (805 views)
 Tasted by Peachyo52 on 1/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Ripe cherry. Firm acidity that provides a good balance. Decent medium finish. Not bad for the QPR. (784 views)
 Tasted by Griffin5416 on 1/30/2013 & rated 92 points: Great Pinot. Well balanced, not too sweet. Great QPR. Wish i had more. (653 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma and Beyond: New Releases (Feb 2014)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013)
(Failla Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/3/2013)
(Failla Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Fort Ross - Seaview) Medium dark ruby color; focused, ripe black cherry, blackberry, black currant nose; tasty, ripe black cherry, tart blackberry, violets palate; could use 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
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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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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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