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Failla "Haynes Vineyard" Coombsville Chardonnay 2014

Regular price $69.00

"The 2014 Chardonnay Haynes Vineyard, from a site in Coombsville, is endowed with a real sense of crystalline purity and nuance. Orange blossom, mint, spice, wild flowers and honey are some of the notes that take shape. A wine of exceptional purity and nuance, the 2014 impresses with its sublime balance. This is a fabulous showing from Ehren Jordan and Failla, as well as one of the many highlights in this strong lineup. Don't miss it. My tasting at Failla was one of the highlights of the two weeks I spent in Sonoma earlier this year. Ehren Jordan's 2014s are superb across the board. The wines are made in a mid-weight style that balances forward fruit with the aromatics and phenolics that these cooler sites tend to confer on their own. The Pinots see around 10-20% whole clusters, which is just enough to give them attractive top notes without being overt. Essentially, the Failla wines truly capture an ideal of what the often-overused term 'balance' is all about. Most of the 2014s were in bottle when I stopped by but a few wines were scheduled to be bottled shortly thereafter. Those wines are scored in brackets. Never one to mince words, Jordan describes 2013 as the biggest crop California has ever seen. Yields were down by around 30% in 2014, which is one of the reasons these wines are so much stronger than the 2013s across the board. Simply put, 2014 is one of the most impressive vintages I have tasted at Failla."