An impressive follow-up to the '16 and '17, we've now tasted three times and adore it.
2016 vintage notes
93 points Wine Spectator: "An elegantly dynamic wine that starts with a whisper and then blooms and fans out, offering vibrant red berry, stony mineral and savory spice flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024."
I don't know about starting with a whisper, because we tasted it this morning and it was blooming and fanning out right away! Bursting with a mix of berries in lovely harmony with its savory Eola-Amity Hills character, it is a pure pleasure to pop and pour today. There's a lot packed into 30 bucks here.
Considered “a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast," Failla’s history is not long within context of California’s wine scene but it is certainly storied. Failla’s history in the Willamette Valley is much newer, by comparison, but they’ve already created a stir with their fantastic single vineyards (most notably, Seven Springs) and their superb value Willamette Valley blend.
Failla Wines began in 1998, born of the opportunity to make expressive wines from single vineyard locations across California's western Sonoma Coast. Founder Ehren Jordan, never one for slowing down, rapidly expanded the Failla stable from two wines in 1998 to over 30 wines two decades later. Their expansion into the Pacific Northwest is indicative of Ehren's forward-thinking nature and desire to constantly challenge himself with excellent vineyards in different regions.
In 2001, they sourced fruit from the famous Goldschmidt Vineyard (what is now Winderlea Vineyard in the Dundee Hills). Logistics proved a challenge and they only made that one vintage. Several years and a few plane trips later, Failla was offered Pinot from the legendary Seven Springs Vineyard and the Oregon bug officially bit again. In 2016 they made six wines from all over the Willamette Valley, and in 2017 expanded the lineup to include Chardonnay, Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Long term, Failla has plans for developing an 80 acre vineyard in Dallas, Oregon, located southwest of their new tasting room on Zena Road in Salem, in the Eola-Amity Hills.