"I'm a big believer that great wines come from great sites, farmed well and made with authenticity." - Ehren Jordan, Winemaker
Winemaker Ehren Jordan began his career with a two-year apprenticeship in the Rhône, followed by years of making wines for Neyers Vineyards and Turley Wine Cellars. Ehren and his wife Anne-Marie Failla founded Failla in 1998 and since then have built a winery and caves in St. Helena, as well as a reputation around a growing portfolio of wines that include Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays influenced by Ehren’s viticultural training in France. In 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle named Ehren “Winemaker of the Year.” Ehren took interest in our project when he visited the vineyard in the summer of 2013 and today we are fortunate to have our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crafted with his expertise.
Great wine is made in the vineyard. Yields average 2 tons per acre.
Hand sorting in the vineyard at harvest.
Chardonnay bottlings are grown from Dijon clones.
With reverence for the enduring mystery and gift of wine, our ultimate goal is to create an authentic wine that represents this vineyard site. With 8.7 acres of Pinot Noir and 1.3 acres of Chardonnay yielding typically around 2 tons per acre, wines are made in small lots with a focus on artisanal methods and a non-interventionist style of wine making: hand sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch-downs, no fining, no filtration. This philosophy retains the character of the wine and the vineyard.
Honored and humbled to be momentary stewards of this land that is our home, our mission is to tread lightly while providing meticulous care to the vineyard. Every shoot on every vine is touched many times during the growing season – pruning, training, lateral removal, fruit thinning and every other aspect of vine maintenance is performed by hand. Daily attention to the care of the vines enhances their well-being, as well as ours. We implement a comprehensive farming program to achieve optimal vine health and fruit quality, adopting best practices from organic, sustainable and biodynamic farming disciplines. This commitment, in concert with soil, sun and rain, produces an authentic expression of what Mindego Ridge’s unique terroir has to say.
Netting protects fruit from natural predators from veraison to harvest.
Dave and crew harvesting by hand.
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
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