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 […]

2 Oct 2017

Antonio Galloni – Santa Barbara: Better Than Ever

BY ANTONIO GALLONI | SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Santa Barbara is one of the most exciting and dynamic regions anywhere in the world. Each year, new vineyards, estates and projects pop up seemingly without end in the expansive pristine stretch of land that encompasses Santa Barbara County. The daring, innovative spirit embodied by the region’s young […]

13 Nov 2018

Jeb Dunnuck – October 2018

Jeb Dunnuck October 2018 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido- Santa Maria Valley I suspect one of the finest wines I’ve tasted from this incredibly talented team, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido offers heavenly notes of red currants, forest floor, flowers, and spices, with subtle marine-like salinity. A wine that just glides over the palate, […]

22 May 2018

Wine Advocate – April 2018 #236

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #236 April 2018 2014 Syrah Solomon Hills Special Bottling- Santa Maria Valley There are five barrels of the superb 2014 Syrah Solomon Hills Special Bottling from The Ojai Vineyard, a youthful and brooding Syrah that unwinds in the glass with notes of raspberries, plums, grilled meat, bay leaf, cracked pepper, violets and […]

3 Aug 2017

Jeb Dunnuck – August 2017

Jeb Dunnuck August 2017 I always love the tasting with Ojai Vineyard’s Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. Consistent with just about every winemaker I spoke to, both commented on the tiny yields of 2015, which Adam attributed to an accumulation of drought and salt buildup as opposed to poor weather in the spring. Over the […]

14 Sep 2016

Wine Advocate – August 2016 #226

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #226 August 2016 I always love my visits with Ojai’s Adam Tolmack and Fabien Castel, and it’s always an educational and enlightening tasting as I’m able to taste through a multitude of different sites spread throughout Santa Barbara County. In addition, the Special Bottling releases based on different harvesting dates add even […]

13 Sep 2016

Santa Barbara: On the Road, Continued…

Santa Barbara: On the Road, Continued… BY ANTONIO GALLONI | SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 My annual trip to Santa Barbara was more jam-packed than usual. The number of producers making compelling wines continues to grow, which is great news for the consumer. Most of the wines I tasted were from 2014, a year in which Chardonnay […]

13 Sep 2016

September 2016-Santa Barbara: On the Road, Continued…

Antonio Galloni’s VINOUS September 2016 reviews This is another stellar set of new releases from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel at Ojai. Tolmach describes 2014 as a year with generous yields. Despite the third year of drought, the crop was good mostly because of favorable conditions during flowering, with less of the wind and fog […]

9 Jun 2016

August 2015 – Introduction

California, Santa Barbara County: The Good News Keeps Coming August 28, 2015 The good news just keeps coming in with Santa Barbara County’s 2013 vintage. Growers enjoyed ideal growing conditions with a long, even summer, no real heat spikes and nearly perfect weather through harvest. The net result is a vintage absolutely loaded with outstanding […]