The brand Failla (correctly pronounced FAY-la) originally debuted in 1998 along the Sonoma Coast in California under the name Failla Jordan from the husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and financial guru Anne-Marie Failla. After three vintages under the Failla Jordan label, however, there was a bit of a legal dust-up and the duo decided to cease using Ehren’s last name to avoid any trademark issues. Failla Wines stayed a family-owned business after making the name switch in 2002; Ehren as winemaker and Anne-Marie as CFO, both still managing the business as well as managing parenthood of two daughters.
Ehren is known for experimenting with his favorite varietals, coaxing out their various incarnations from different climates, soil types and rootstock. Ehren’s passionate dedication, alongside his viticultural training in France, has infused his farming and winemaking choices so that Failla’s ten acres of estate vineyards to-date are able to produce quality Rhône-style Syrah, Chablis-like Chardonnay and Burgundian Pinot Noir. Failla is dedicated to sourcing cool climate fruit from the coastal areas of California and making wine using traditional Burgundian methods.
Among many other great commentaries, Failla has been credited with Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines in 2008.
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