Lucky Failla gets to source grapes from this vineyard that most winemakers would trade their left arm for. It’s lush, ripe and amazingly generous in raspberries and cherries, yet retains an elegant balance, as well as fine, mouthwatering acidity. Part of the attraction is low alcohol, which lets the stones and earthy complexities of the wine shine through. This is…
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.
An awesome Chardonnay. Explodes in the mouth with massive pineapple, crème brûlée, apricot jam and new oak flavors that finish thoroughly dry. For all the richness, there’s a near-perfect balance of acidity, and a mineral undertow that grounds the wine, providing vitality and life. Brilliant now and through 2013.
Failla has a great track record with this vineyard, which is source to many wineries. The ’06 is fresh and vibrant, and needs a little time to develop. It shows classic balance, with rich tannins, crisp acidity and brilliantly ripe, oak-inspired flavors of cherries, black raspberries, cola and currants. As delicious as it is now, it’s nervous and tentative. Give it…
Always a dense wine in youth, Keefer is an ager, and winemaker Ehren Jordan has captured its essence with this impressive young wine. Shows classic Russian River structure, with firm acids and a dusting of tannins that frame vibrant flavors of cherry, rhubarb, red currant, cola, pomegranate and cedar. Delicious and compelling, this wine will evolve for up to six years.
The Keefer Ranch has been source to some of Russian River Valley’s most interesting Chardonnays, from multiple producers. Ehren Jordan’s interpretation is to let the vintage speak. His ’06 is very dry and crisp and minerally, almost Chablisian, with nuances of Meyer lemon-infused crème brûlée. It’s a Chardonnay of elegance and structure.
Young, vibrant and fresh, this wine’s crisp acidity frames pineapple and tropical fruit flavors, with a slight hint of botrytis in the form of golden apricot and honey. There’s lots of evident oak, creating a buttered toast note, while its minerality makes it complex. Vastly rich, if a little lacking in subtlety. Drink now.
More tannicly dense than Failla’s estate Sonoma Coast bottling, this Pinot wants a few years in the cellar. You can drink it now because it’s so delicious in cherry and raspberry fruit, but there’s a tightness, an astringency that suggests 3-4 years to come around. If you pop the cork now, give it a few hours of decanting.