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Failla Valley Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
  • WE 95
  • WS 95
  • ST 92
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Winemaker Notes

#14 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

As always, the fruit was destemmed into open-topped fermenters, punched down twice-a-day during fermentation, and aged sur-lie in French oak barrels, one-third of which were new. Epitomizing the Russian River Valley "terroir", the '09 Keefer offers archetypal pinot aromas of sour cherry, sous-bois, and glove leather with jammy undertones. Velvety texture and juicy fruit belie the structure of this wine's spicy, present tannins. Will age well for 7-10 years.

Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast

Failla has been working with the fruit from this coveted vineyard for a long time, and has figured it out better than anyone. How they take basic Russian River Valley cherry, raspberry and cola flavors and uplift the wine into the extraordinarily exotic is inexplicable. But they do. An amazingly complex, compelling young Pinot Noir. Drink now–2019, at least.

WS 95
Wine Spectator

Beautiful pure, ripe, riveting aromas of wild rose, black cherry, blackberry, wild raspberry, mineral and spice lead to a medium- to full-bodied palate, turning silky and elegant on the finish, with just the right touch of acidity and tannins. Drink now through 2019.

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ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Good full red-ruby. Ripe black raspberry, violet and black tea on the nose. Sweet, dense and fat with crushed dark berry, mocha and underbrush flavors. Boasts a lush middle to support its broad, dusty tannins. This sexy, youthful wine finishes long and pure, with excellent acid grip. According to owner/winemaker Ehren Jordan, this is the first vintage under 14% alcohol for this cuvee in a while. 92+ points

Failla, Russian River, California
While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not without its complexities. Founded as Failla Jordan in 1998, it took its name from the husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. That year we planted our Estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and began buying fruit for our first releases, the very Rhône-style '98 Alban Vineyard Viognier and '98 Que Syrah Syrah.