While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-LA) is short, it is not without its complexities. Our first vintage release was as Failla-Jordan in 1998; the label taking its name from husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. That year, Failla's first release of Alban Vineyard Viognier (Edna Valley) and Que Syrah Syrah (Sonoma Coast) coincided with planting the first blocks at our Estate Vineyard in Cazadero. The first Estate releases would be years away.
Ehren loves to experiment with his favorite varietals, coaxing out their various incarnations from different climates (cool, cooler, and coolest), soil types, and rootstock.
After cutting his teeth on Pinot Noir in 1999 with fruit from Keefer Ranch Vineyard in Russian River Valley, Ehren began ferreting out enough unique, cool-climate Pinot Noir sources to galvanize his urge to tinker for years to come.
Most recently we have introduced a wine from our northerly neighbors in Anderson Valley -- the fruit sourced from the highly acclaimed Savoy Vineyard.
In 1998 we bought a parcel contiguous to our first purchase from a few years earlier. In 2002 it was planted with five acres of rootstock before grafting Pinot Noir clones the following year. Ehren's viticultural training in France has infused his farming and winemaking choices so that our fourteen acres of Estate vineyards today produce Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir that capture the essence of California's coolest regions.
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