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The Ojai Vineyard Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Oaky and cedary on the nose with a touch of burnt orange peel and subtle gamy tones accenting the light red fruit. Soft on entry with well concealed acids that opens on the mid-palate to reveal rich, sweet fruit on the mid-palate that exhibits lovely purity and freshness. the finish is long with earthy and toasty accents adding complexity. This is already showing very well. 91pts

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The Ojai Vineyard:
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 ... Read more
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 the distinctive character of a vineyard site. Read less

Editorial Reviews for The Ojai Vineyard Fe Ciega Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/09/2010

Oaky and cedary on the nose with a touch of burnt orange peel and subtle gamy tones accenting the light red fruit. Soft on entry with well concealed acids that opens on the mid-palate to reveal rich, sweet fruit on the mid-palate that exhibits lovely purity and freshness. the finish is long with earthy and toasty accents adding complexity. This is already showing very well. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/12/2009

Smoky and reduced on the nose. With air this opens to reveal notes of mineral, eggshell, clay and smoldering herbs over a core of meat, dark, concentrated fruit, smelling a bit like veal reduction. In the mouth this is dense and seamless and manages to combine that rich, ripe mouthfeel with a dense, yet fresh array of fruit flavors. This is decidedly dark, dried raspberry and cherry fruited with a flush of herbs and golden apple tones that rises above the intense fruit on the mid-palate. The finish could use a little more length though it’s primarily fruit tannins that are cutting it short. With time this develops real cut and definition on the finish. A great effort that captures the perfectly ripe fruit. 93pts


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Snooth User: EMark
8478048,350
3.50 5
07/07/2019

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.


Snooth User: EMark
8478048,350
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 12/11/2016

PnPed. Almost a prune color in the glass. Very funky nose which I would presume to be Sulphur and which I would further assume would blow off if I was more patient. Very pleasant introduction of strawberry and cherry. The next thing I notice is that this wine is slightly more tart than so many others. I am very OK with that, but some may object. A bit of “spritz” on the rear palate—probably, from the same acid that caused the tartness. Fairly short finish, but who cares?


External Reviews for The Ojai Vineyard Fe Ciega Pinot Noir

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Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Vivid ruby-red. Raspberry compote and Asian spices on the alluringly perfumed nose, with notes of Asian spices and sandalwood adding complexity. Sweet, sappy and expansive, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and a silky texture. Gains tensi... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2010 Ojai Pinot Noir Fe Ciega 750ml


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Vintage: 2008 09/29/2011

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Ojai Pinot Noir Fe Ciega 750ml


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Vintage: 2008 09/30/2011

The 2008 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega, from a tiny vineyard in Santa Rita Hills, shows off a round, juicy personality laced with sweet red cherries. It is a highly expressive wine with gorgeous pliancy and depth, not to mention terrific overall balance. Antic... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Ojai Pinot Noir Fe Ciega 750ml


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Vintage: 2003 02/20/2011

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2003 Ojai Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 750ml


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Vintage: 2003 09/22/2010

The Pinot Noir is an exceptional effort reflecting the extraordinary talent of Adam Tolmach and his belief in single vineyard wines from the South Central Coast. The 2003 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega is a relatively new site in the Santa Rita Hills. Opulent, ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2003 Ojai Pinot Noir Fe Ciega 750ml



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