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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Santa Barbara County 2013


    In the glass, the color of this wine is definitely purplei.e., blue is mixed with red. The nose detects floral, violets, and light berry fruit. Im pretty sure that the color prejudiced me, because the first flavor I detect on introduction is blueberry. There is definitely fruit on introduction, but, thankfully, it is not syrupy. There is a ... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

  • Roll Ranch Syrah 2009


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    Wine review by mfknight

  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Melville Vineyards 2008


    Fairly smooth on entry to the mouth. Then I get some jammy, or, maybe, dried fruitprune, but with low sugar perception, is as close as I can come. So, this one is relying less on fruit than other components. I can say there are earthy and fungal taste sensations, but neither of those really stand out as individual components. Some heat at th... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

  • Ojai Vineyard Syrah Santa Barbara County 2010


    Opaque more-reddish-than-purplish color. A not-overpowering nose that suggests red fruit but also has a rustic hintalmost barnyard odors. Quite mild on introduction to the palate. Some red fruit flavorsplum--do pop up, but not in your face. Slightest hint of spiciness, and, maybe, some smokiness. (I wonder if thats the bacon that some see i... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

  • Not exactly sure what the dinner plan is for tonight, but this should work with whatever we may have: Regulars may recall that I few weeks ago I opened a bottle of the Ojai 2010 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah and complained about the acid hit.  I'm pretty sure the problem I had with that wine was residue from an earlier meal.  (Happily, I have anothe... Read More

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

  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah White Hawk Vineyard Santa Barbara County 2010


    Very fresh nose of strawberry peach. A bit harsh on the tip of the tonguesour. It takes a second, though, to get to those same strawberry and peach flavors. Not over the top with tannin. This is the third Ojai White Hawk Vineyard wine that Ive ever had. Recently, I had a 2012 Sangiovese, and it was also quite tart. About a year ago I had a... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Syrah Presidio Vineyard 2008


    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

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

  • The Ojai Vineyard White Hawk Vineyard Sangiovese 2012


    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

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

  • 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


    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

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark

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