91pts Wilfred Wong
The 2015 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is precise and elegant. This wine stays in the grape variety's sweet spot. Its perky red fruit aromas and flavors are highlighted by the wine's crisp acidity. Serve with rosemary-accented lamb chops.
Failla's 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is absolutely delicious. Ripe, plummy and flamboyant, the Sonoma Coast Pinot is quite exotic in this vintage. Intense color and a darker flavor spectrum than normal - both vintage signatures - are evident. Black cherry, hard candy, cola, spice and leather notes are all nicely pushed forward. The 30% whole clusters add quite a bit of aromatic nuance to play off the rich, dense fruit. This is a fabulous entry-level offering from Failla and proprietor Ehren Jordan.
Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 bursts from the glass with aromas of rose, sandalwood, pomegranate and tart cherry. The palate is lush with soft tannin, but held taught with the structure and acidity needed for an exceptionally balanced wine.