Handmade wines since 1983.




- issue 48: October 2012
By Allen Meadows

Ojai Vineyard, The (Oak View, CA)

2009 Pinot Noir – Bien Nacido Vineyard 89
2009 Pinot Noir – Fe Ciega Vineyard 91
2009 Pinot Noir – Presidio Vineyard 89
2009 Pinot Noir – Kick On Vineyard 92
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The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards in the Central Coast. They are strong believers that to produce quality wine they must provide exceptional care when growing the grapes. Rather than purchasing their grapes by the ton, they have long term agreements with growers to buy the fruit by the acre which allows them to work the vines and thin the crop to their strict specifications.

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2009 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard: (Santa Maria Valley, 234 cases, SRP $44, 14.3%). A pretty mix of red and blue pinot fruit with attractive spice notes leads to opulent yet detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess a sophisticated mouth feel. There is good depth to the persistent and well-balanced finish where a hint of mocha arrives. 89/2014+

2009 Pinot Noir – Fe Ciega Vineyard: (Sta. Rita Hills, 245 cases, SRP $49, 14.3%). A beautifully perfumed and layerednose features cool and admirably pure aromas of dark berries, spices and hints of warm earth. There is excellentconcentration and an abundance of dry extract that imparts a seductive and velvety mouth feel to the middle weight flavors that terminate in a balanced, persistent and impressively complex finish. Lovely and built to age. 91/2016+

2009 Pinot Noir – Presidio Vineyard:
(Santa Barbara County, 108 cases, SRP $49, 14.3%). An alluring nose speaks of violet, anise, clove and dark cherries before sliding gracefully into delicious and distinctly suave middle weight flavors that are quite generous, indeed even opulent if not quite as well focused or deep as the Fe Ciega or the Kick On. There is however good length and overall this offers solid quality in a package that is notably more approachable at present. 89/2014+

2009 Pinot Noir – Kick On Ranch: (Santa Barbara County, 44 cases produced, SRP $38, 12.5%). This is also beautifully perfumed but in this case the nose is notably more restrained with discreet scents of various dark berry fruits, anise, earth and floral hints. There is impressive density to the plus yet well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a mildly austere, complex, balanced and appealingly dry finish that offers knockout persistence. This is a stunner of a wine and also clearly built to age. 92/2016+