How Alexander describes Failla
"I do not know any winery in the U.S which has such a variety of wines from different regions which all show the same high quality. Failla is just that! Sonoma, Russian River, Napa, Oregon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Chenin Blanc and even some Gamay. All of Ehren Jordans wines are elegant and show the terroir perfectly from which they are from.
Ehren Jordan did not have your typical winemaker route, after graduating with an Art History degree he headed to Colorado, skiing in the day and working in the restaurant scene at night. He recently visited Napa and finally starting working at the Joesph Phelps Winery as well as Turley Wine Cellars. He finally headed off on his own with the 1998 vintage producing a little Syrah and Viognier. In 2006 they opened a tasting room located on the Silverado Trail, which they still own. Failla owns vineyards and sources grapes from across cool-climate sites in California and Oregon, with a focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Ehren is always looking at the next project to expand his range of wines, and rumours are circulating that he has started to produce some excellent Chenin Blanc and Gamay. What impresses me most is that all of his projects and his sites he works with are always of an exceptionally high standard and you know when you buy a bottle of Failla wine that Quality will always be first.
2020 TASTING REPORT
Highlights included the Vignavecchia Tulipa Rosato Toscana 2018 (92 points), which was full of freshly cut strawberries, raspberries along with a clean and well-focused finish. The Vignavecchia Raddese Rosso di Toscana IGT 2014 (93 points), with good concentration, wonderful purity of fruit along with smooth elegant chalky tannins. Finally the Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 (92 points), which was more structured compared to the CC, with more muscular tannins along with dark fruit, concentration yet with good freshness and bright acidity, a steal in terms of price. Vignavecchia is a family-owned winery which delivers top-quality Chianti at excellent prices, what else could you ask for?