2017-C Ojai Vineyard Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California (750ml)
A Red Cellar Trio Wine Club Selection
Deep red with a garnet rim. Fresh aromas of ripe, red cherry and dried sage. The palate is juicy, showing sour cherry, rhubarb, strawberry tart and pie crust. The finish is bright and tapers away softly.
Adam Tolmach has been making wine in his idyllic hometown of Ojai, California, just inland from Santa Barbara, for over 30 years. After graduating with a degree in Enology and Viticulture from UC Davis in 1976, Adam’s ﬁrst wine job was at Zaca Mesa in Santa Barbara where he met Jim Clendenen. The two of them decided to go out on their own and started Au Bon Climat in 1982, riding a wave of success together for almost a decade. After roughly ten years, they both realized they were headed in different stylistic directions and Jim became the sole owner of Au Bon Climat in 1991. Adam, on the other hand, had been making a little Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from a small backyard vineyard he planted in Ojai since 1983. After he and Jim split, that experience became the launching pad for Ojai Vineyard.
Despite the Ojai Vineyard name, Adam today doesn't own any vines. Instead he has long-term contracts for small, carefully selected parcels across the Central Coast, allowing him to control the farming to his exacting standards. In his evolution as a winemaker, Adam has gradually backed off on the amount of new oak he uses, and today picks his fruit earlier than in the past to showcase the brighter ﬂavors and vibrant acidity that come from meticulously farmed fruit. In our view, Ojai Vineyard wines have never been better. They continue to gain loyal fans with every new release.
The grapes for this 100% Pinot Noir were sourced from the Bien Nacido Vineyard and harvested at moderate levels of ripeness. The wine was viniﬁed in oak (30% New French) and subsequently aged for 15 months.