The Ojai Vineyard

(805) 649-1674 10540 Encino Drive
Oakview, CA 93022
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The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in the care taken growing the grapes. There is an inverse relationship between quantity and quality when it comes to grapes, so rather than purchasing ours by the ton, we have long term agreements with our growers to buy the fruit by the acre. This lets us culture the vines and thin the crop to our strict specifications, yet allows the grower to receive a fair return. In the winery we like to watch the development of the wine carefully, yet prefer to do as little as possible. Experience has shown us that the least amount of moving, pumping, fining and filtering is always best. The ultimate objective is to show off Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Syrah Presidio Vineyard 2008

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    Attractive purple in the glassnot inky dark. Some rea fruit and, maybe, some anise on the nose. Very easy on the tongue red fruit flavorsplum, raspberry, and, maybe some tropical hints. At mid-to-rear palate, tannins emerge, more or less, negating the fruit flavors. When a bit of acid tartness kicks in, this becomes a refreshing wine. This i... Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese 2012

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    Very attractive red color in the glass. Not the biggest nose in the worldmostly, earthy, slightly musty herbal thing. Very light (for red wine) bodied, and, wow, tart. I love the acidity of Sangiovese-based Chianti, but this is way, way over the top. There are some red-fruit flavors herecherry, raspberrybut they are also very light. Its sim... Read More

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  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai Vineyards was a lot of fun.   We were the first to arrive and were able to engage Fabian and Bill in some fun conversation and enjoy a glass of Viognier--which was, happily, not as flowery as most Viogniers I have previously had--and an excellent "no sulfites added" Syrah fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Ojai Vineyard Kick On Ranch Pinot Noir 2010

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    Something of an herbal nose with hints of stone fruit. On the tongue it is immediately and not terribly big wine. There are fruit flavorssome strawberry, some cherry. The upper palate gets the fruit sweetness part. A pleasant wine. I question its age-worthiness, but, right now, it is perfect to accompany a casual meal. Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Mcginley Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 2012

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    Fairly big melony/flowery nose. Quite crisp on the tongue. I can still get them melon and hints of lilac, but the dominant flavor is lemony tartness. This not a full-bodied Chardonnay that many crave. It is an easy-to-drink, refresher that can be enjoyed with or without accompanying solid food. Read More

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  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2012

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    Something of an herbal nose, but, then, some cherry fruit hints. Serious cherry flavor on entry to the palate. Once I get over that, its a pretty good wine. A medium-bodied winealmost insignificant tannin or acid--that would be nice with a grilled game hen or a pork chop. Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Rose 2013

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    Salmon coloredthat is the way to describe it. A very floral/fruity nose. Fruitiness (One might be inclined to say it is sweet, but it is not.) is also the first impression in the mouthstrawberry as much as anythingbut then there is a great refreshing tartness. Then, an effervescence sensation. Easy drinking summer wine. Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • I do like Ojai, too, Mark. Plus the town is so quasi-civilized, quasi-rough, quasi-hip&cool, quasi-country and comfy nostalgic for me (family lived there for a couple of generations). Nice stop to taste at the vineyard's tasting room, have tapas later, use the parks (even visit the music festival), go up to the Sespe, drive across the lake up to... Read More

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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

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