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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • The Ojai Vineyard John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2014

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    Attractive garnet color in the glass. Something of a tangy nose. Raspberry, red plum on the tip of the tongue. A sensation suggesting black licorice under the mid-palate. Fairly tart, Medium-bodied. Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012

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    Interesting wine. For those who complain about new world wines being hyper-fruit forward, take a look at this one. It has only the slightest suggestion of fruit. What is there suggests blackberry or plum, but it only suggests. Nothing, at all, suggests sweetness. Some savoriness, mid-palate. Some pepperiness. No tannin to speak of. There ... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Riesling Special Botrytis Bottling 2011

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    Very pretty straw color. Quite a shy nose, but I do get orange blossoms. Thick, viscous mouthfeel is the first thing I notice about ths wine. That, of course convinces me that I am getting honey flavors. I guess I am Various ripe fruits--apricot is the most obvious, but there is a touch of citrus, some papaya. A suggestion of baking spices... Read More

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  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very pleasant wine. On opening, there is a definite sulfur funk, but, happily, that blows off quickly. On the tongue there is very attractive tart cherry flavor. Very nice, refreshing acidic spritz. Some suggestions of baking spices, Medium-bodied--appropriate for a PN Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Ojai Vineyard Kick On Ranch Pinot Noir 2016

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    Very pretty garnet color. Something of a funky nose--it's had enough air for any sulfur to blow off. Red berries--cherry, strawberry--on the tip of the tongue--a tad sweeter than I would have preferred. Medium bodied. That funk seems to return under the rear palate. An OK wine, but not compelling. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Barbera Rich Vineyard 2017

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    I had this last night, and, so, I'm going from memory. Fruit flavor of cranberry. Then, mid-palate, a sensation of cinnamon. Quite pleasant. Modest leve of acid, and quite light tannin. This wine surprised me with its mouthfeel and body. Quite nice. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese 2016

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    Very pleasant wine. Black Raspberry/Black Cherry on the tip of the tongue, Then, some herbal hints--mint and basil. Also, suggestion of cola. Nice fun acid. In the past I haven't particularly enjoyed this bottling, but this one is a winner. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2014

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    Very easy wine to enjoy. Light hit of blackberry and black plum on the tip of the tongue. As the wine passes back I get some salinitity and earthiness. Very sedate tannins and acids. Not terribly full-bodied, but this wine will not be out of place with a beef entree that was not heavily sauced. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Roll Ranch Syrah 2015

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    Very attractive plum color in the glass. Some "sourness" in the nose. Blackberry and prune on the tip of the tongue. Then some slate. A fairly big wine, especially, when compared to other Ojai reds I've had, lately. Similarly, more tannin than I have seen in recent Ojai wines. I think this wine can improve with several years of aging. On ... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2015

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    Translucent garnet color. Translucence correctly forecasts a relatively light-bodied red wine. Tart red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Some mineral hints farther back. I want to rave about this wine, but there is nothing that jumps out at me. It's just a pleasant, easy-to-drink, uncomplicated wine. Read More

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