Failla Pinot Noir 2020, Olivet Ranch Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California

“In 2011, Ehren purchased an established vineyard on Olivet Road in Santa Rosa, next to the revered Olivet Lane Vineyard, which is home to some of the first Pinot Noir in the Russian River AVA. For Ehren, acquiring an adjacent property planted with the same varietals as this heritage site was an amazing opportunity. The result is Olivet Ranch, a 14-acre site situated on the Santa Rosa Plain in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA. We immediately converted the vineyard to organic farming, and are now seeing the fruits of our labor.” Olivet Ranch has impressed with its character, quality, and charm. It continues to exceed our highest expectations vintage after vintage and has become the nursery for Failla’s future plantings. This vineyard is biodynamically farmed. The Pinot Noir is composed of Martini, Swan, and Calera clones. Fermentation is carried with native yeasts and 25% whole cluster. The wine ages approximately 1 year in 20% new French Oak. The 2020 vintage was a tough one. Most of Failla’s home ranches and a couple other vineyards were picked before the fires, but like most, they lost the majority of theirr fruit. However, the wines they did make are beautiful, and they share them with pride. Ehren Jordan is a true vigneron with decades of combined experience in cellars and vineyards from the Rhône Valley to Paso Robles, Sonoma County to the Willamette Valley. Obsessive hands-on farming practices and minimalist hands off winemaking allow site, variety, and vintage to be the true navigator of each expression.