2018 Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Kessler-Haak

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2018 Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard, made with about 50% whole cluster, has a medium ruby-purple color and broody blackberries, woodsmoke and dried tobacco leaves with notes of laurel, forest floor and cola. It's silky in the mouth and expands slowly to reveal its broody flavor layers, and it finishes seamlessly fresh and long. 209 cases were made." (WA)

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard offers an intriguing array of brambly notes and red berry fruit. Medium in body, with striking aromatics, the Kessler Haak has so much to recommend it. The 2018 is maybe not as obvious or direct as some of the other wines in this lineup, but it has tons of character. It's the sort of wine that reveals itself gradually, over time. It is also one of the more floral, savory wines in this range. The 2018 was done with 50% whole clusters, the most in the Ojai range. " (VM)

"I also loved the 2018 Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard, which has a more exotic, gamey, nutty character that fleshes out with air, showing beautiful red and black fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, a layered mouthfeel, and a great finish. This cuvée sees a touch more stems (50%) and it shows, so give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar. It's a gorgeous, complex Pinot Noir that will evolve for 10-15 years.

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)