2018 Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Bien Nacido

Year: 2018
Appellation: Bien Nacido, Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
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"Medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard has loads of aromas, with lush cranberry and blackberry fruits accented by touches of aniseed, bay leaves, dried flowers and cola. The medium-bodied palate offers a grainy, fresh frame packed with flavor layers, and it finishes very long. 348 cases were made." (WA)

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is a deep, ample wine. Black cherry, leather, licorice, cloves, menthol, spice and dried leaves build in a resonant, deeply expressive Pinot that shows a virile, almost somber side of this Santa Maria site. I would give the 2018 a few years to fully come together, although it is pretty delicious right now." (VM)

"More Pommard-like with its crunchy cherry and darker berry fruits as well as herbs, forest, and pine-laced aromas and flavors, the 2018 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is medium-bodied, elegant, and nearly seamless on the palate. It has a touch more oomph compared to the Santa Barbara County release and I'm sure it will evolve for a decade.

I continue to love the wines from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. These lean firmly toward the fresher, elegant end of the spectrum, yet I always find the wines to have wonderful depth of fruit, terrific balance, and singular characters." (JD)