The name, pronounced FAY-la, is Sicilian, specifically that of Anne-Marie Failla, who co-owns this small winery with her husband, winemaker Ehren Jordan. This is a Chardonnay to drink young. It's lithe and elegant with lovely aromas of pear and lemon. Burgundian in style, the 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay was aged in just 50% French oak, and of that only 15% was new oak.
It's a great bottle to enjoy with oysters or clams on the half shell, with a steamed Dungeness crab or a thick slab of halibut.
Region: Sonoma Coast, California
Price: $34 to $36
Style: Lithe and elegant
What it goes with: Raw seafood, sushi, steamed crab, pan-roasted halibut or salmon
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, http://www.manhattanfinewines.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111 and (800) 678-9463, http://www.whwc.com.