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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 12 
ProducerFailla (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardKeefer Ranch
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2010 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Failla Jordan Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.2 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Senso-beak on 11/22/2012 & rated 89 points: Thanksgiving wine paired with a riesling. Medium ruby with edges of oranging. Medium body. Toasted roasty oak, green and ripe strawberry, cherry, melon, plum and heat on the nose. Complex mouthfeel, with broasted oak dominating the maturing fruit featuring a plethora of reds. Not too overdone, showing some complexity. Certainly not over the hill, but starting to mature. Better than last bottle. Day two+, gaining some weight and prune elements, showing maturity with greater oxidization. Throwing some sediment. (779 views)
 Tasted by Rangstrom on 3/26/2010 & rated 90 points: Proof, yet again, that drinking windows are a moving target. While I enjoyed a number of '03 Calipinots after release, I found that many failed to hold even 4 or 5 years after release. As a result the few that I have remaining (mostly Dehlinger, Sea Smoke and Williams-Selyem) have been left to languish in the racks. Now unexpectedly, this bottle has not fallen apart. In fact it is still quite fresh and lively. Color was an encouraging clear, medium cherry red and although the nose wasn't particularly aromatic the fruits are delightfully red and tart: substantial swirls of strawberry, bing cherries and cranberry on the palate. Texture is both puckish and smooth. A nice wine drinking well now and a positive beacon for my remaining '03s. (1298 views)
 Tasted by Senso-beak on 12/4/2009 & rated 87 points: Paired with a chicken pot pie al deluxe. Dark red to pink on the edges. Initial funky roasted green pepper aromas, with cherry and wet smoked oak - faded with air time. Bright heat on the nose blows off as well. Attack starts slow, with ripe strawberry, and tart cherry. Fruit gains acceleration through the robust finish, combining toasted oak, heat, black cherry and fermented orange. 14.3% Medium length 30 second finish. Day two provides a better tasting experience - the odd aromas have mostly evaporated though there's a little vegetal musk still left - blackberry, oak take center stage on the bouquet. Explosive ripe strawberry, sweet cranberry and cherry command attention, with some heat and slight vegetal secondaries. Upping score 1 point from initial rating. Drinking very well on day 5 under vac-u-vin - the final analysis is this could use more rack time or decant for several hours prior to serving at this point. (1332 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 9/30/2008 & rated 87 points: This wine is cloudy and while it taste is ok, it does detract from enjoying it more. A bit of alcoholic heat on the finish. Decanted for about an hour. (1413 views)
 Tasted by Cal Bear on 7/16/2007 & rated 87 points: Rating is average of two nights. When opened first night had nice soft flavor, subtle bouquet, kind of fruity, cherries on top of flavor. Not too hot at all, actually balanced though lacking much structure or depth. Dry and good match for picnic food. But on second night the wine had died. Still drinkable, but cloudy and flat. (1758 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 7/6/2007 & rated 87 points: Not what I expected at all, kind of hot and somewhat unbalanced...give it the benefit of doubt and try it again in a few years...this has always been very good in the past....pleasant enough but not up to previous vintages...also a little cloudy. (1281 views)
 Tasted by jerhardt on 6/24/2007 & rated 85 points: A big modern pinot with blue fruit and a good amount of heat. Not my style, and not even sure this is such a great example of the style. (1240 views)
 Tasted by MichaelJennings on 7/15/2006 & rated 84 points: Pungent, unidimensional nose of cherry--with perhaps just a hint of something woodsy. Light, tart in the mouth, with little or no structure. The wine bore a very unfortunate resemblance to cherry kool-aid. (1447 views)
 Tasted by jobrien on 4/11/2006 & rated 94 points: excellent, earthy, complex with strawberries and raspberries on the nose and the tongue. open now; it's terrific. (1657 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
(Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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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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