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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  • Grenache

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  • Viognier

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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard 2013

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    Almost a floral nose. That surprises me a bit. Various fruits on entrypeach/nectarine, green apple, melon, kiwi. Some oaky vanilla or butter, but, really, not distracting. Light-bodied. Not an over-the-top California Chardonnay. This one is pretty restrained. Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very nice wine. Fruit flavor is of strawberry. Very nice tartness. Maybe a bit of clove spiciness. (?) Fairly light-bodied. I can see the elegance that Pinot Noir fans seem to seek in this wine. Velvety smooth. Nothing smacks you in the face. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2013

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    Very pretty plum color. Perfumey noseviolets, geraniums. A fairly light-bodied red wine. Sweetish berry hit on entrystrawberry. Mitigating earthiness and acid mid-palate. The acid makes this a very refreshing wine. While it is enjoyable to drink, the lack of complexity prevents me from suggesting that others seek it out. Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Puerta del Mar Pinot Noir 2013

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    Lots of light showing through the red hue in the glass. Red berry on the nosealong with some orange blossoms and clove (?). Again, red berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. A suggestion of the clove or, maybe, cinnamon pops up mid-palate. A very light-bodied red wine. The saving grace for me is the nice acid. That moves it over to the I li... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Internal application of alcohol has always been effective for me v v, and I have to completely agree with your selection.No, this is the first contact of any kind that I have had with Clos Pepe.  As I said I bought the Ojai example because of the reputation of the vineyard.  Everything I have heard about Clos Pepe wines has been pretty positive.... Read More

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  • Mark, that Ojai sounds really nice, I'll have to try to find some when we get out there in December. Will also look into visiting Clos Pepe, any experience with them?Had to go see the Dr. today since I didn't sleep a wink last night. Have some kind of pulled muscle in my side that I'm attributing to my round of golf on Sunday. I figure rubbing s... Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard "Clos Pepe Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006

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    Very attractive ruby color that allows just a bit of light to pass through. Something of a rustic, barnyard nose. Very pleasant on the tonguesome red fruit (cherry, strawberry, plum)but not terribly up-front. A medium-bodied wine. A light touch of acid that is more discernable in the its medium-length aftertaste than in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • The Ojai Vineyard Rosé California 2014

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    Pale salmon color. Fairly light on the nose. Quite fruity on the tonguestone fruit, ripe Jonathon apple, melon. Pleasant tartness will not intimidate people who dont care for acid. Easy summer drinker, but not one to crave for. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • v v, the Golden State looks forward to hosting you, again.I assume you know ... ... can strongly vouch for The Ojai Vineyard.  I have, mentioned them on the forum numerous times.  I belong to The Ojai Vineyards club, and, interestingly enough, I just received an e-mail from them.  I don't know how much credence you give to professional review... Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Special Bottling John Sebastiano Vineyard 2011

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    Quite dark purple. Noticeable vininess in the nose. Under the palate, I get a hit of that vininess along with a light hit of red fruitcherry, plumbut neither are overwhelming. Towards mid- to back palate Im getting a kind of light herbalnessmint(?). Good acid makes this a sturdy wine. Read More

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