These 2016 spring releases are a welcome collection of new California and Oregon bottlings from the talented winemaker Ehren Jordan and wife Anne-Marie Failla. The 2016 vintage in California was a welcome relief from drought with a mild spring followed by a warm, steady growing season. The vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley was short and early yet produced clean and ripe fruit. See our reviews below.
These new releases from the 2016 vintage are beautifully balanced with excellent aromatics, flavor and refinement. The Chardonnays from the Hudson and Haynes vineyards showed good density of flavor and persistence on the finish. The Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast provide freshness and crisp acidity, typical of the cool climate wines from the coastal terroir. The other vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley also exhibited ripeness and maturity of flavor with noteworthy balance and acidity. The Syrah, which is somewhat unique in flavor, offers lovely richness of red and black fruit flavor with a hint of black olive.
Failla 2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard Napa Valley ($50) 93 The Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is a beautiful wine. Fragrant and full in the mouth with a creamy texture, it offers tropical fruit flavors and hints of toast and vanilla with a long finish.
Failla 2016 Chardonnay Haynes Vineyard Coombsville ($58) 92 The Chardonnay Haynes Vineyard is somewhat reticent on the nose but richly flavored with dense tropical fruit. It is beautifully balanced with good intensity and acidity and a long finish.
Failla 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($36) 90+ Fresh and crisp red berry fruit is offered on the attack. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with pure, concentrated brambly red berry fruit flavors. It has excellent balance and acidity and a long flavorful finish.
Failla 2016 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley ($36) 92+ This is a lovely lean yet full flavored Pinot Noir. It is ripe and rich with excellent intensity of red berry fruit flavor. It is has an attractive mouth feel, perfect balance, excellent acidity and and a long finish.
Failla 2016 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley ($52) 93 The Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch displays rich and concentrated ripe, red berry, brambly fruit on the nose. On the palate it reveals mouth filling fruit and toasted oak nuances with hints of earth and a long bright finish.
Failla 2016 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley ($58) 90+ The Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard is light and somewhat reticent on the nose, yet flavorful on the palate with ripe red berry fruit and herbs. It is nicely balanced with good acidity and freshness, round tannins, and a medium finish.
Failla 2016 Syrah Napa Valley Hudson Vineyard ($56) 92 The Syrah is elegant and refined on the palate with spicy red and black fruit with a hint of black olive. Medium weight, it reveals concentrated dark plum flavors, and is nicely balanced with good acidity and overall freshness, ripe and round tannins, and a persistent finish.