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2011 Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92The Wine Advocate

A typical Russian River... juicy, generous and expressive. Dark red fruit, sweet spices and cola all jump from the glass... arguably the most exuberant of these 2011 Pinots from Failla... the wine's near-term appeal is undeniable.

91+ Stephen Tanzer

...briary raspberry and cherry. Broad and sweet in the mouth... Fruit-driven cherry and raspberry flavors are complemented by a musky hint of porcini. Rich in texture...

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.