Failla, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021
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Broad notes of dark cherry, wild brambleberry and black licorice. The surly mid-palate gives way to fresh herbs, salty notes and a delicious attack of acidity on the finish. Goldridge soils, classicGreen Valley fog, and warm afternoons have long been the secret ingredient to the success of Keefer Ranch Pinot (and Chardonnay!) – that and picking at the right time of course!
Ehren Jordan's biography reads like something out of a Ken Kersey novel. While a young adult studying art history and classic archeology at George Washington University, he took a part time job in a retail wine shop. The experience convinced him to flee to the West, eventually settling in Aspen, Colorado, where he skied, worked busing and waiting tables and eventually becoming a resident sommelier. Armed with the accumulated experience from his retail and restaurant exposure, he set his sites on the coastal region of California.
Arriving in the Napa Valley, he applied for a job as a part time tour guide at Joseph Phelps where he met Bruce Neyers, the Vice President of Phelps. Jordan quickly advanced within the company, and became the head of regional and national marketing, eventually hired to do cellar work and winemaking.
He then moved to Europe to work for Jon Luc Columbo in France's rhone Valley where he honed his Syrah-Grenache skills. After returning stateside, he renewed his association with Neyers, taking the winemaking job at Neyers in 1994 and then at Turley in 1996. He founded Failla with his wife in 1998.
Ehren spent several years looking for unique, cool-climate Pinot Noir sources. Ehren loves to experiment with his favorite varietals, coaxing out their various incarnations from different climates (cool, cooler and coolest), soil types and rootstock.