Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2022, Failla

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This 100% Chardonnay is a blend of the following vineyards: Olivet, Keefer Ranch, and Flood Gate. The fruit is whole-cluster-pressed where native yeasts are used for primary fermentation, and the wine naturally completes malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in a combination of 10% concrete egg, 20% stainless steel and 10% new French oak. The wine rests sur lie for approximately 9 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Aromatically the Chardonnay has more citrus-driven notes, with a sprinkling of yellow apples and pineapples. On the palate, the wine has refreshing minerality, a touch of well-integrated oakiness, and crunchy pears.

About the Winery

Founded in 1998, Failla is a project by winemaker Ehren Jordan that is dedicated to sourcing cool climate fruit from the coastal areas of California and making wine using traditional Burgundian methods. Ehren debuted in the California wine industry in 1994, followed by a sojourn to Cornas. After years of making wines for both Neyers Vineyards and Turley Wine Cellars, Ehren decided to start his own business.

In 2006, he purchased 10 acres of land on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley that included a vintage yellow farm house and stone winery dating back to the 1800s. In addition to renovating the existing facility, the team built a state-of-the-art bi-level wine cave that's nearly 12,000 square feet and features a concrete egg fermentation room and gravity flow equipment.

"Simply put, Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets." - Antonio Galloni, July 2013.