Wine Tasting Room

109 S Montgomery St in Ojai
Open everyday from
12 to 5 pm.

Tasting Room 805.798.3947
Winery 805.649.1674

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2013 Chardonnay Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County

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Here is another impossibly good deal from your local wine producer! And it is all because of the generous 2013 vintage.

For the second year in a row the weather was fine and the vines responded with a huge crop of grapes. To get the best quality we trimmed and thinned that crop, but it didn’t seem to make any difference, in almost every vineyard the quantity harvested was way above expectations. And while this can theoretically be troubling for quality—overtaxing the vines can lead to dilute wines—it didn’t work that way in 2013. Instead, we got in grapes that produced wines with lots of character that are both easygoing and delicious!

The vintage was so positive that the wines we selected for our single vineyard designated chardonnays were only fractionally better than what went into this Santa Barbara County blend—which means the price to quality ratio here is excellent. The blend is 57% Solomon Hills from the cool western edge of Santa Maria Valley, 39% from Puerta del Mar, our newest and coolest vineyard that is located just outside of Lompoc, and 4% from Bien Nacido.

This wine was barrel fermented, completed the malo-lactic fermentation and barrel aged on the lees until bottling. It is precocious, and yet there is a real intensity that makes it a fascinating wine to drink. Mind you, this isn’t like your mom’s oaky chardonnay—our style here is fresh and zesty!

Adam Tolmach

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