10 Nov 2022

Jeb Dunnuck – August 2022

Reviews by Jeb Dunnuck Aug 29th, 2022     2020 Chardonnay Special Bottling – Puerta Del Mar Made in tiny quantities, the 2020 Chardonnay Puerta Del Mar Vineyard Special Bottling is a deeper, richer, more serious Chardonnay that warrants serious attention. Offering classic Chardonnay stone fruits, toasted brioche, and chalky minerality, it hits the palate […]

26 Aug 2022

Antonio Galloni VINOUS – August 2022

Reviews by Antonio Galloni of VINOUS Aug 25th, 2022   The Ojai Vineyard It’s always fascinating to taste with Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel, as they both have so much insight to offer on Santa Barbra. This year’s tasting was especially significant as it includes the first wines from the Ojai Estate after it was […]

30 Aug 2021

Jeb Dunnuck – August 2021

Jeb Dunnuck on The Ojai Vineyard August 2021   2018 Syrah – Solomon Hills Special bottling The 2018 Syrah Solomon Hills Special bottling is special juice indeed, and it’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Red and black fruits, pepper, smoked game, and flowers all emerge on the nose of this […]

20 Nov 2020

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – October 2020

by Erin Brooks October 2020 2017 Syrah – Duvarita The 2017 Syrah Duvarita Vineyard has an opaque ruby-purple color and singular aromas of boysenberry and Morello cherry fruit with nuances of violet, lilac, licorice and exotic spices. The palate is full-bodied with concentrated, perfectly ripe fruit, grainy and fresh with a very long, very layered […]

9 Sep 2020

Jeb Dunnuck – August 2020

Jeb Dunnuck August 2020 I continue to love the wines from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. These lean firmly toward the fresher, elegant end of the spectrum, yet I always find the wines to have wonderful depth of fruit, terrific balance, and singular characters.   2018 Chardonnay – Solomon Hills My favorite of the trio, […]

8 Sep 2020

Antonio Galloni – VINOUS August 2020

Antonio Galloni August 2020 There are many highlights in this range from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel at Ojai. The whites, both from 2019 and 2018 are impressive across the board. I also found much to like in the 2017 Syrahs. Picking on the early side and aging in neutral oak are two of the […]

6 Nov 2019

Jeb Dunnuck – October 2019

Jeb Dunnuck October 2019 2017 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard Special Bottling Brought up in new French oak barrels, the 2017 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard Special Bottling takes the straight Fe Ciega Vineyard release and gives it more oomph, depth, and richness. Stunning notes of red and black currants, scorched earth, wood smoke, and some […]

8 Nov 2019

Antonio Galloni – VINOUS September 2019

Antonio Galloni September 2019 This is gorgeous set of wines from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel at Ojai. As always, the wines speak to understatement and nuance more than power and are deeply expressive of site. There are many highlights in this range, but the 2017 Chardonnays and 2016 Syrahs are especially of note. I […]

17 Sep 2018

Antonio Galloni – VINOUS September 2018

The 2015 Syrahs are consistently brilliant.

2 Oct 2017

Antonio Galloni – VINOUS September 2017

Antonio Galloni September 2017 Adam Tolmach describes 2015 as an early year with tiny yields and relatively low acidities. Even with the low yields, the 2015’s are not especially dense wines. Based on what I tasted at Ojai, 2015 looks stronger for reds than whites. There are a number of terrific wines in this range […]